The Story of Skinheads with Don Letts

New documentary to be aired on BBC4 looking at the history of Skinheads.

This Friday October 14th at 21:00 on BBC 4 a new skinhead documentary is due to be aired.

The BBC's My Generation season has been looking at music and sometimes the subcultures that are mixed in with that too. The People's History of Pop - 1976-1985 Tribal Gatherings is a good example of that and is available on the iPlayer now.

It will be interesting to see this new documentary to see if there is any unseen or rare footage. Here is the description from the site;

"Documentary in which director and DJ Don Letts looks at a very particular and very provocative British subculture - skinhead. He explores how skinhead has become associated with street fighting, trouble on the football terraces and violent racism in the public consciousness in Britain and around the world, but reveals that its origins lie in a cultural coming together that could not be further from its tarnished image.

Don shows in fascinating detail how the roots of skinhead are in a brilliant cultural collision between the young white working-class kids and their Jamaican counterparts in British inner cities, a moment of multicultural harmony. He traces the history of skinhead from the late 60s to the present, looking at the music and styles of skinhead from the reggae-influenced ska to the punk-influenced Oi. Throughout Don meets people who were committed members of various skinhead scenes, and he considers the conflicts and the contradictions that skinhead has attracted over five decades."


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