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Austerity is a scam, Jeremy Corbyn the most dangerous man in Britain — The Artist Taxi Driver, Jennie Bellestar
3 May 2016
Chunkymark and Jennie Bellestar perform live on a march against the Tories and austerity.
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DJ Derek's Sweet Memory Sounds (1994) — Picture This, BBC
17 March 2016
In 1994 the BBC went to Bristol to make a film about local legend Derek Serpell-Morris, known to all as DJ Derek — an unassuming former accountant for Cadburys in his fifties who played ska, soul and reggae every week in the Star and Garter pub. After the film was broadcast, Derek was catapulted from his local to the stages of festivals such as Glastonbury and the Big Chill, becoming celebrated as Britain's oldest DJ and enjoying a successful career. Sadly, in July 2015 Derek went missing and in March 2016 it was confirmed that remains found near Cribbs Causeway, just north of Bristol, were his.
Big Fun in the Big Town (1986) — Bram van Splunteren, VPRO
25 August 2014
Big Fun in the Big Town is about hip-hop when artistry in the game was still at its centre. When skills, not hype, got you your first record deal. When Run-DMC took the reins from Doug E Fresh and Grandmaster Flash, paving the way for hundreds of other hitmakers to follow. When a chart-topping LL Cool J still lived with his Grandmother. When the Latin Quarter was the club to be at on any weekend night. And when artists from all backgrounds could taste their own pop-chart dreams, just beyond their reach but still seemingly attainable.
The Upsetter: The Life and Music of Lee Scratch Perry (2008) — Ethan Higbee & Adam Bhala Lough
26 December 2013
This documentary charts 70 years in the life of Lee “Scratch” Perry in his own words through an exclusive interview given to American filmmakers Higbee and Lough in Switzerland in 2006. It is equally a documentation of 30 years of Jamaican music and culture as it is a study of one of the most creative and inspiring human beings of all time.
Dub Echoes — Bruno Natal and Chicodub
8 June 2013
Documentary that traces the origins of Jamaican dub music and its influence on the development of hip hop and electronic music. Shows how the recording studio was transformed into a musical instrument giving way to sonic experimentation.
What Ever Happened to Hip Hop? — Sonali Aggarwal
16 October 2012
Currently the most pervasive music worldwide, its roots have been forgotten, its message perverted. With hip hop in the spotlight, it's time to put it back on track. This documentary presents views from hip hop founders, contributors and artists in an attempt to return its audience to the four principles: peace, love, unity and having fun.
The [R]evolution of Immortal Technique — Viper Records
24 July 2012
Behind-the-scenes exploration of one man's global journey to fight injustice through music.
High Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music — Gary Bredow
17 April 2009
The first documentary to tackle the deep roots of techno music alongside the cultural history of Detroit, its birthplace. From the race riots of 1967 to the underground party scene of the late 1980s, Detroit's economic downturn didn't stop the invention of a new kind of music that brought international attention to its producers and their hometown. more »
Illegal Attacks — Ian Brown
17 August 2007
New single featuring Sinead O'Connor.
Stained — Sputnik Weazel
21 June 2007
The “war on terrorism” is STAINED. Video produced by GanjaSound. Sputnik Weazel website here.
New American Century — Sputnik Weazel
21 June 2007
Political protest song with good lyrics and music. Video produced by The Impostors.
The 4th Branch — Immortal Technique
22 October 2006
Immortal Technique's critique of the US media.
Bin Laden — Immortal Technique feat' Mos Def
29 August 2006
Excellent hip-hop track with a video produced by Itchy and Scratchy.
Imagine — A Perfect Circle
9 January 2006
Excellent reinterpretation of John Lennon's Imagine, with a good video.
“Son of a Bush” — Public Enemy
11 June 2005
Watch the censored music video by Public Enemy, Memo Salazar and Film Shack.
Bush Boys — DJ Danger Mouse & MC Jemini
9 April 2005
Anti-Bush anthem combined with CNN library clips. Video produced by Alex Motlagh.
Why? — Jadakiss
25 November 2004
Protest song produced by Havoc — released in 2004.
Mosh — Eminem
27 October 2004
Produced in conjunction with Guerrilla News Network.
The Mosh continues
The new ending.
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The Price of Oil — Billy Bragg
1 November 2003
Bragg's protest against the war in Iraq.
What Would You Do? — Paris
20 October 2003
A track from the Sonic Jihad album.