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Pick It Up! Ska in the '90s

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

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The story of the rise and fall of the third wave of ska music, as told by the artists who lived it.

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Directed by Taylor Morden

Documentary/ USA/ 99 mins

Strand: Symphony Orchestra

UK Premiere

Review:

Ska is a genre with a long history. Originating in 1950s Jamaica, with roots in American pop and jazz, Ska has adapted with the times ever since. In the 1970s it became two tone, mixing with the British punk scene and taking the charts by storm. In the 1980s, it morphed into ska punk, with bands like Operation Ivy amassing acclaim and dedicated followings. By the 1990s the third wave of ska suddenly exploded back into the mainstream, with bands like No Doubt, The Mighty Bosstones, and Reel Big Fish conquering the charts. But in a few short years this American love affair with the genre faded, and today the music and its stars have drifted far from the mainstream.

Award-winning director and ska musician Taylor Morden explores this dramatic rise and fall, and does so by going straight to the source. Almost every American ska band of note (and a few from further afield) have some representative in this documentary - this is perhaps the most holistic portrayal of musical subculture ever put to screen. Through their testimonies we discover the origins of the American ska movement, the effects of its sudden fame, and the survival of the music to this day. An essential documentary not just for fans of ska, but for anyone with an interest in musical culture and its capricious ways. Reviewed by Milo Garner

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Credits:

Director: Mike Berault

Writer: Heather Augustyn

Producers: Taylor Morden, Rei Mastrogiovanni, Leanor Till

Cast: Tim Armstrong, Aaron Barrett, Christian Jacobs, Tim Burton, Travis Barker

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Vue Cinema London - Piccadilly

19 Lower Regent Street

London

SW1Y 4LR

United Kingdom

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