The Story of Lovers Rock (2011)

  • Documentary, Music
  • 1h 36m

The Story of Lovers Rock uses live performance, comedy sketches, dance, interviews, and archival material to illuminate a forgotten period in British cultural, social, and political history. Lovers Rock is a uniquely black British reggae sound that developed in the late 70s and early 80s against a backdrop of riots, racial tension, and sound systems. This genre allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through dance, a coping mechanism for the turmoil on the streets. The genre yielded national UK hits that influenced acts like The Police, Culture Club, and UB40, bridging the cultural gap that so often polarized the times.

Director

Menelik Shabazz