‘Like the crowning unmade episode of Steve McQueen’s Small Axe – lavished with the author’s cinematic eye for detail’ Mojo
'It’s a hoot of a book…but also probes the highs and lows of Letts’s personal life and offering pertinent insights into race.’ The Irish Times
'Magnificent piece of work' Please Kill Me
By Don Letts and Mal Peachey
Don Letts – filmmaker, musician, DJ, broadcaster, social commentator, husband and father – has always defied conformity. A British-born son of Windrush parents, he seamlessly pivoted between London’s punk and reggae scenes – earning his reputation as the ‘Rebel Dread’.
In There and Black Again, Don Letts looks back on his exceptional life, which has seen him befriend Bob Marley after sneaking into his hotel, join The Clash’s White Riot tour as manager of The Slits and become one of the UK’s most highly regarded video directors just as the MTV boom hit.
Told in part as scenes from a movie shot on location in London, Kingston, New York City, Los Angeles, Windhoek, Salt Lake City and Goldeneye, There and Black Again co-stars a cast of hundreds, including Joe Strummer, John Lydon, Bob Marley, Chrissie Hynde, Chris Blackwell, Paul McCartney, Nelson Mandela, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Chuck D., Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood.
With reflections on the Black Lives Matter movement and the highs and lows of personal relationships, this impactful book includes moments of civil unrest, live music, humour and political struggle. There and Black Again is the refreshing and often unexpected story of a man who has never been afraid to tread his own path.
‘The Don’s tale, upgraded, expanded, marinated in late-life wisdom… reflecting on a remarkable life, against the backdrop of covid turmoil and Black Lives Matter. Letts expands on everything… even opening up on relationship roller-coasters. The fullest picture yet of the man behind the shades’ Classic Rock
Publication Date: 11.03.21
Extent: 352 pages
Format: Hardback & eBook
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