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STUDIO ONE STORY

UK, 2002 (MIFF 2003, Mooks Backbeat)

Director: Stuart Baker

Studio One Story is a reggae fan's dream come true. Dozens of interviewees, a treasury of rare footage and photographs, insider gossip, hilarious anecdotes, colourful yarns and fond recollections combine to make this a singularly complete history.

Anchored in the remembrances of ultra laidback Studio One founder Clement 'Coxone' Dodd, this film turns its lens on 40 or more years of Jamaican music, charting the rise of stars, the development of styles and the making of myths. Burning Spear, The Heptones, Sugar Minott, Ken Boothe, Jackie Mittoo, Earl 'Bagga' Walker, the list of reggae luminaries that got their start on Studio One is phenomenal. Director Stuart Baker has rounded up the survivors, checked out all their old haunts, revisited landmark venues and events and also explored Jamaican political and cultural history to accurately place the subjects of his film.

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