Reggae on Film: from the streets to the dancehall to the screen

    On August 6 1962, Jamaica declared independence from colonial Britain. The new flag had a St Andrew’s cross designed in gold and green (symbolic perhaps of hoped-for rebirth) and black (in recognition of the hardships of Jamaica’s slave plantation past). What the Colonial Office described as an “orderly transition” to self-government was, however, deceptive. Beyond the bunting and …

Twenty-four-hour party person

    Tony Wilson, who died in 2007 aged fifty-seven, from a heart attack following a diagnosis of cancer, was a music entrepreneur and intellectual maverick who helped to make Manchester the cultural “global player” it is today. As the co-founder, in 1978, of Factory Records, Wilson was among the first to recognize the importance of local post-punk bands such …