Documentary | Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records

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Music has a strong cultural influence that spans across the globe. People have migrated all over the world and they brought their musical vibes with them. During the late 1960s, Britain began to see a shift in the culture. Due to an increase in Jamaican immigrants, the sound of the music began to change. London-based record label Trojan Records is responsible for what is called a “multicultural revolution” on the dance floors in Britain. They quickly signed the artists coming in on the new wave and created a sound that started the reggae, dub, rocksteady, and ska craze. The story is told in the film, Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records.

 

Rudeboy is a documentary film that tells the story of how the record label launched the careers of legendary artists that made their mark on British youth culture. Jimmy Cliff and the Upsetters are just a few of the artists that joined the Trojan Records roster. This doc features archived interview footage from artists like Marcia Griffiths, Neville Staple, Lloyd Coxsone, and Pauline Black. Director Nicolas Jack carefully crafts the story of the rise of the label and highlights how this particular time in music history transformed British pop culture and diversified their music.

 

The film was featured in the first ever We Are One: Global Film Festival, a digital film festival through Tribeca Enterprises in partnership with YouTube. You can visit the website here to see a full schedule of the featured films and how to see Rudeboy in its entirety. If this movie inspires you to follow your passion into a career in music, visit Music Industry Essentials to find out how you can do that.

This program from NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, with contributions from insiders at Billboard and other leaders from across the industry provides a comprehensive overview of the inner workings of the music business and related career paths.

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