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THE STORY OF LOVER'S ROCK w/ B'SIDE MYSELF 7PM April 21
Langston Hughes Perfoming Arts Center
Seattle, WA
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THE STORY OF LOVER'S ROCK w/ B'SIDE MYSELF 7PM April 21
7PM
THE STORY OF LOVER'S ROCK
Menelik Shabazz  (United Kingdom/Great Britain, 2011)  96 minutes.  English.  Genre: documentary.

Lovers Rock, often dubbed 'romantic reggae' is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. Live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archive shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Lovers Rock allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance- known as 'scrubbing'- at parties and clubs. This dance provided a coping mechanism for what was happening on the streets. Lovers Rock developed into a successful sound with national UK hits and was influential to British bands (Police, Culture Club, UB40) These influences underline the impact the music was making in bridging the multi-cultural gap that polarized the times. The film sheds light on a forgotten period of British music, social and political history.

This is first and foremost a film about Black Social Dance. The US parallel would be the "slow-dance," the "Bop," "Sunset Bop."  Under dark blue or red lights in a crowded room young men and women came together to experience the ritual intimacy of dance, flirtation and love to the sounds of romantic music.

Lovers Rock, often dubbed 'romantic reggae' is a uniquely black British sound that developed in the late 70s and 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension and sound systems. Live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews and archive shed light on the music and the generation that embraced it. Lovers Rock allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance- known as 'scrubbing'- at parties and clubs. This dance provided a coping mechanism for what was happening on the streets. Lovers Rock developed into a successful sound with national UK hits and was influential to British bands (Police, Culture Club, UB40) These influences underline the impact the music was making in bridging the multi-cultural gap that polarized the times. The film sheds light on a forgotten period of British music, social and political history.

Screens with:
BeSIDE MYSELF
Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m.  $8 general, $5 Youth and Senior Citizens.

Location

Langston Hughes Perfoming Arts Center (View)
104 17th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
United States


Categories

Film > Festivals
Film > Movies
Film > Premiers

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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