REGGAE: THE STORY OF JAMAICAN MUSIC PART 4 OF 4
First off props for the heads up to those people that didn't see it coming...i happened to run into the program on accident and taped it during one of the follow-up airings. i agree that it was a well-done overview, but it was also focused from a bbc point of view and just about the entire soundtrack was taken from the mojo trojan explosion comp. so i say, it was good but they left A LOT out. i mean, they didn't touch on steel pulse what happened aside from pop-reggae in england. they didn't touch alpha blondy and african reggae and they didn't go near any augustus pablo-types for instrumental reggae.
i know it was a two hour documentary, but just those few examples of oversights go to show that reggae CANNOT be easily summed up. just like any type of music it is NOT "clear and distinct." hip hop is not the exception, but part of the rule. i don't think anyone should get his/her education from a documentary: 2 hours and you're an expert on reggae or hip hop or whatever. try listening to the music. but if you must learn about music by visuals, then there are many documentaries on hip hop, not just the music but the four elements. check 'freshest kids' it's focused on b-boys but you don't have the music w/o the b-boys. also if you haven't already read up on some of sista soldier. but just remember you can know all the history you want about music, but it makes no difference. if someone enjoys bob marley b/c that's all the roots he's heard, he still enjoys bob marley for the experience it brings to him. peace bro.