Trading Post Presents… Don Letts
Venue: Stroud Sub Rooms
Date:Fri 01 Oct 2021
Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium. His work has been exhibited in The Kitchen N.Y.C, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The N.F.T in London and was honored at Brooklyn’s BAM festival and The Milan Film festival. In March 2003 he won a Grammy for his documentary ‘Westway To The World’.
He came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae.
It was whilst as a DJ at the first punk club ‘The Roxy’ in 1977, that Don adopted the punk D.I.Y ethic and began to make his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’. Shot on Super-8mm, it is the only documentary on the U.K punk scene with Sex Pistols, The Clash and many others. This led to a period directing over 300 music videos for an eclectic mix of diverse artists ranging from Public Image to Bob Marley. He then moved into documentary work covering the likes of Gil Scot-Heron, The Jam, Sun Ra, George Clinton and most recently Paul McCartney. Dancehall Queen (co-directed by Rick Elgood) shot on location in Jamaica 1997 was his first feature film.
With support from OVERPROOF DJs
Dubbu and Mendoza are well established as promoters, DJ’s and vinyl enthusiasts. They masterminded Stroud Block Party which has gone down in history as one of the best parties in a town that has seen more than its fair share of memorable parties.
Under their OverProof moniker they celebrate sound system culture exploring the connections between Dancehall, Hip Hop, Rare Groove and classic Reggae. As vinyl DJ’s they pride themselves on upholding the fine tradition of selectors that are always seeking the right ‘version’ to bring the vibes.
‘We’re honoured to be warming up for the legendary Don Letts who has done so much for UK culture, we’ll be bringing a heavyweight selection as a way of a tribute to the ‘Don’’.