‘50 Years Of Island Records’ Documentary Online For The First Time By Tim Peacock August 24, 2017
Originally produced to coincide with the label’s 50th anniversary in 2009, the BBC’s feature length documentary Keep On Running: 50 Years Of Island Records has been uploaded to YouTube and is now available to watch online for the first time
Island has previously been described as “the most diverse and influential independent record label in history”. The documentary – which first aired on BBC Four – follows the story of the label from humble beginnings in Jamaica, where a young Chris Blackwell released budding jazz and ska bands, before relocating to the UK in May 1962 with the island’s sound system hits under his arm.
Charting the label’s growth from one-man outfit to global powerhouse, the documentary alights on Island’s major milestones – the release of Millie Small’s ‘My Boy Lollipop’ through to Blackwell’s inspired early signings such as Spencer Davis Group, Free, John Martyn, Fairport Convention, Traffic, Bob Marley, King Crimson, Grace Jones, U2 and beyond – with many of those names lending their voices to the story.
The film features a rare, in-depth interview with Chris Blackwell in addition to contributions from former Island artists Toots Hibbert, Amy Winehouse, Sly and Robbie, PJ Harvey, Brian Eno, Spencer Davis, Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens, the B52s, Kid Creole, Greg Lake, Ian Anderson, Trevor Horn, Paul Weller, Richard Thompson and Keane.
Narrated by Damien Lewis and running for 90 minutes, Keep On Running: 50 Years Of Island Records unearths news archives and rare performance footage to tell the story of this most colourful of imprints. Leaving few stones unturned, the documentary charts Island’s contribution to bringing reggae music into the world; its expansion into progressive rock in the late 1960s; the rise of Bob Marley into a global star; and the label's reputation for consistently signing, producing and championing innovative acts from the UK and all over the world.
futureshock: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Marnie Kringles, Reindeer Kibble, peace of heart and generosity of hand, in this season.
Dec 26, 2018 0:15:15 GMT
steelmonkey: Hey, Senator, pass us that walker, hearing aid, senior bus pass etc. Lost my shopping cart at the grocery store yesterday...walked down an aisle to add a thing or two...never found it, had to start over...I only hope some older guy grabbed it by mistake.
Dec 26, 2018 3:51:04 GMT
steelmonkey: I swear I looked everywhere.
Dec 26, 2018 3:51:27 GMT
nonrabbit: cue me and you having a domestic on aisle 4 "Ya stupid auld bugger ya - you were only pushing it a minute ago!" xxxxx
Dec 26, 2018 21:57:48 GMT
maddogfagin: It was by the entrance, next to the atms
Dec 27, 2018 7:29:23 GMT
steelmonkey: My lone wolf policies might need re-examination for old age. Self reliance might be too dangerous.
Dec 27, 2018 17:42:52 GMT
maddogfagin: And a Happy New Year to the JT Forum membership, guest readers, former members who left for one reason or another and IA and his cohorts for the music. May 2019 be a great year for you all
Dec 31, 2018 7:51:34 GMT
maddogfagin: Just about "had it up to here" with Xmas/New Year food. Had haggis last night and we're celebrating Grandaughter #1's birthday with kebabs all round tonight.😊👍
Jan 2, 2019 14:40:10 GMT
jackinthegreen: We have haggis on Burns Night and St Andrews Day.. Hard to catch the buggers at this time of year though MD..
Jan 4, 2019 0:26:21 GMT
maddogfagin: Sure are - the Cornish sub species (originally shipwrecked off Land's End whilst on transit to Aberdeen and escaped to shore) are devilish little blighters at the best of times.
Jan 4, 2019 7:52:37 GMT
jackinthegreen: Yes MD, well worth catching, just as good as our Scottish ones I believe
Jan 7, 2019 23:01:00 GMT
geostrehl: Oh god - Secret Language of Birds is almost 19 years old!!!!
Jan 11, 2019 0:52:40 GMT
maddogfagin: Now where have they gone ?
Jan 11, 2019 16:55:39 GMT
futureshock: The secret language of birds: millions of yrs old. Just 18+ yrs ago, someone tackled that idea and radiated music back on the topic. That's why it's one of the best reviewed solo albums out there! Chirp that in your blender and take it to the riverside.
Jan 12, 2019 17:23:27 GMT
maddogfagin: And don't forget the owls
Jan 13, 2019 8:25:08 GMT
futureshock: "The Secret Silence Of Owls"...... second best album by Hoo-Hooo-HooooDat
Jan 13, 2019 20:21:05 GMT