Made in Birmingham Online

I’m very pleased to announce that the ‘Made in Birmingham’ is now online and can be seen in full.

This film was made in 2010 under the auspices of the Birmingham Popular Music Archive (curated by Jez Collins) and produced by Roger Shannon and directed by Deborah Aston.

Made in Birmingham: Reggae Punk Bhangra tells the story and development of these three genres in Birmingham from the mid 70s to the mid 90s through the use of rare archive footage and interviews from those who were actually there.

Footage from bands like the Killjoys (pre Dexys), UB40, Steel Pulse, Musical Youth, Beshara, Swami, Apna Sangeeta, Au Pairs, Prefects, Fuzzbox and The Nightingales and others are interspersed with interviews with UB40’s Brian Travers, Paul Foad and Pete Hammond from the Au Pairs, Musical Youth’s Dennis Seaton, Steel Pulse’s Amlak Tafari and many others who highlight the social and political issues of the day and how the music of that time reflected the diverse communities of Birmingham.

This is a great insight into Birmingham and some of its rich musical heritage.