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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
THE STORY OF LOVER'S ROCK
"The kind of story that tends to be the most romantic and intoxicating: a story of ultimately doomed love" -Slant Magazine
"Mr. Shabazz conveys a love of the music and its culture. And he hits pay dirt with the vivid stories told by ordinary people about dancing in rooms so dark they couldn't see their partners" -New York Times
"Heartfelt... A worthwhile film" -TimeOut London
Recommended! -NewCity Chicago
"More sincerity and depth than a typical rockumentary" -TimeOut Chicago
Lover's Rock, often dubbed romantic reggae, is a unique British sound developed against a backdrop of racial tension and the Brixton riots, as young people were trying to survive in extremely turbulent times by finding solace and themselves in the music of the late 70s and 80s.
The Story of Lover's Rock is a new documentary film directed by award-winning director/producer Menelik Shabazz that tells the story of how this genre of music defined a generation, hugely impacting on British pop culture. It went from cult status to become a global phenomenon through artists like UB40, Maxi Priest and Sade. This music allowed young people to experience intimacy and healing through a popular dance , known as "scrubbing," at parties and clubs.
Featuring interviews, comedy sketches, dance, live performances and archive footage, The Story of Lover's Rock sheds light on the music, the bands it went on to influence and the generation that embraced it. As award winning director/producer Menelik Shabazz has said, "The film connects the music with the children of that era, a generation whose story has rarely been told. Lovers Rock was significant because it provided the space for young people to share intimate feelings through dance which is absent with today's generation".
Directed by Menelik Shabazz, United Kingdom, 2011, 96 mins.