The film Babylon looks at London’s early ’80s sound-system scene
Great interview with writer and associate producer Martin Stellman which includes some background to the film which was new to me including an alternative unused ending! Also this rather lovely contact sheet:
The interview is from a few year back and is by Seb Carayol to accompany an exhibition. I’m a big fan of Seb’s writing that accompanies his labour of love reissue label Reel-Heavy music.
Dennis used his regular “Dub On Air” show on Soho Radio to pay tribute to Franco Rosso earlier this year. Academic and former south London soundsystem devotee Professor Les Back dropped by to interview the esteemed Mr Bovell about the making of Babylon and especially how the soundtrack came together.
There are a tonne of killer tunes and many enlightening and amusing anecdotes along the way. Two hours of your life well spent, check it out:
I’m sorry to say that I missed this when it originally went out, but was pleased to see Les post about it on twitter while mentioning that Dennis is about to be awarded an honorary Fellowship by Goldsmiths University.