The Story of Lovers Rock is a new documentary film that tells the story of how Lovers Rock music defined a generation in the late 70s and 80s hugely impacting on British Pop Culture. The film which will be released on 30 September 2011 in the UK is produced and directed by award winning director/producer Menelik Shabazz; this marks a return after a 30 year absence.
THE STORY OF LOVER'S ROCK is a feature length documentary that tells the story of a genre of reggae that was created in the UK. It was influential and very successful in the 70's and 80's and still lives on today. Along with the music came the dancing and fashion that created a unique brand of lifestyle. Inspired by female artists, Lover's Rock was the first "girl power" music in the UK at a time of heightened political tension and racial unrest. Menelik Shabazz, (director of Burning An Illusion) charts the rise of Lover's Rock, often dubbed "romantic reggae". Through live performances from the leading exponents of the genre along with humorous reflections and interviews the film brings back to life the era when the music was at a highpoint. Lover's Rock gave a voice to many first generation black British young people but not exclusively. Along with the music came a unique fashion style and "scrubbing" an intimate dance between male and female that defined the Lover's Rock brand. The film consists of memorable live performances, interviews and light-hearted comedic memories that provide an untold portrait of the post Windrush generation. Artists include Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson, UB40, Jean Adebambo, Maxi Priest, Michael Gordon, Sandra Cross. Also featured are comedians Angie Le Mar, Eddie Nestor, Robbie Gee, Wayne Rollins and Glenda Jaxson.