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A Must-See Doc: The Story of Skinheads with Don Letts

Leave it to Don Letts to be a part of one of the best documentaries about skinheads, called The Story of Skinheads with Don Letts. What I love about this is that it takes the viewer back to the roots of this subculture before it was hijacked by the National Front. This film goes places that other films have never been able to go. Just press play below and lace up your boots while you get your moonstomp on!

Director and DJ Don Letts looks at a very particular and very provocative British subculture – skinhead. He explores how skinhead has become associated with street fighting, trouble on the football terraces and violent racism in the public consciousness in Britain and around the world, but reveals that its origins lie in a cultural coming together that could not be further from its tarnished image.

Don shows in fascinating detail how the roots of skinhead are in a brilliant cultural collision between the young white working-class kids and their Jamaican counterparts in British inner cities, a moment of multicultural harmony. He traces the history of skinhead from the late 60s to the present, looking at the music and styles of skinhead from the reggae-influenced ska to the punk-influenced Oi. Throughout Don meets people who were committed members of various skinhead scenes, and he considers the conflicts and the contradictions that skinhead has attracted over five decades.

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  1. Jersson Gil

    November 8, 2016 at 2:20 pm


  2. Jay H Gorania

    November 8, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I’m really surprised that you hadn’t heard of them beforehand. Judging by the right up you have a bug I don’t imagine that this article is discussing the racist skinheads or maybe it is?

    • Dan Fielding

      November 8, 2016 at 2:57 pm

      It’s a bit like how nazis nicked the swastica; the nice skinheads had their image pinched and tarnished by the football hooligan, white power skinheads. Check it out if you can. I fucking hate the Clash but found the rest informative

    • Dan Fielding

      November 8, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      As for Skrewdriver, I knew nothing about them until reading your friend posts. There was an article on BBC news about Skrewdriver’s enforcer who didn’t want to admit he was gay or he’d be ostracised from the gang. All a bit too serious for me, give me Carnivore any day!

  3. Dan Fielding

    November 8, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Jay, I meant to tell you about this a few weeks back. It was on BBC4 and briefly mentioned Skrewdriver. I’d never heard of them before your mates mentioned them in fb posts. Quite interesting!

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