Don Letts

Don Letts preps solo debut ft Terry Hall, Wayne Coyne & more (listen to “Outta Sync”)

Don Letts is a living legend: as DJ at London's The Roxy he introduced punks to dub reggae, and as a filmmaker he documented that scene in The Punk Rock Movie, which led to a successful career as a music video director. He was also a founding member of Big Audio Dynamite alongside The Clash's Mick Jones, and has continued to make films, DJ, and this year released his memoir, There and Black Again.
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Don Letts, Cultural Renaissance Man, Is The Subject Of A New Documentary

Throughout his astounding career dating back to the 1970s, the London-born Don Letts has worn many different hats: DJ, filmmaker, music video director, longtime associate of the Clash, member of the band Big Audio Dynamite, cultural commentator, author and radio show host. Yet for all of his accomplishments and renaissance spirit, one role that Letts has not fully embraced quite yet is as a documentary subject in the new film Rebel Dread.
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Don Letts signs to Cooking Vinyl for first solo album

Cooking Vinyl has signed DJ and film maker Don Letts to release his debut solo album. “It’s taken a bit of time to create this soundtrack to my mind but with the help of a few friends, some heavy bass lines and a record label with taste the dread stands firm”, says Letts.
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Don Letts: “Jamaican Music Gave British Punk Its Distinct Identity”

1968 was a pivotal year for 12-year-old Don Letts. “Before he made that speech, at school it was, ‘All right, Lettsy mate,’” he says, recalling Enoch Powell’s infamous ‘rivers of blood’ speech. “Afterwards it was ‘you wog’, ‘you black bastard’, ‘fuck off back home’. That speech polarised the country and the playground.”

Rebel Dread review – an engaging portrait of Don Letts

According to Don Letts, being punk rock is about “turning problems into assets”. The sensible straightforwardness of this documentary about the film-maker and DJ who is known for his work with the Clash is something of a problem. The film mostly comprises Letts, looking dapper in a jaguar-print silk shirt and bedazzled beanie, smoking as he recounts his journey chronologically. Given that its subject is such a major figure in alternative culture, it seems a waste not to tell his story in a more left-field way. Instead director William E Badgley relies on conventional talking head interviews with Letts’s countercultural colleagues, including Mick Jones, John Lydon and Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B, their memories illustrated by archive footage of Letts’s films and music videos.

Rebel Dread review – the eloquent self-making of punk film-maker Don Letts

It’s an intense, 86-minute pleasure to be in the company of Don Letts: DJ, film-maker, musician, social commentator and thoroughly engaging raconteur. Every word that comes out of his mouth is a manifesto for humanity and creativity. “Punk rock’s a living thing,” he says, “something to look forward to, not look back on.”

Rebel Dread review - generous documentary portrait of punk-reggae legend Don Letts

The result is a warm and generous chronicle that occasionally veers on the hagiographic side. But Letts has led such a dynamic life that the lack of any critical voices is forgivable, especially when there’s a wealth of great archive (much of it from Letts’ own collection) and good anecdotes from the likes of Mick Jones, John Lydon and Daddy G.

New documentary on Don Letts, legendary punk and reggae filmmaker and DJ, to be released next month

A new documentary about British punk and reggae filmmaker, DJ and musician Don Letts is set to be released next month. Watch the trailer for the doc below. is directed by William E. Badgley, whose previous work includes films about the bands The Slits and KARP, and the murder of John Lennon. His new release will play on select UK screens in March, including London's Ritzy and BFI Southbank (2/3 and 3/3), Glasgow Film Festival (4/3), HOME Manchester (5/3), and Sheffield's Showroom Workstation (6/3).

Does Rock ‘N’ Roll Kill Braincells?! – Don Letts

In 2008, who declared onstage at Glastonbury: “The only person at Glastonbury who knows about reggae is Don Letts”, before asking, “Where’s Don Letts?”. “How could I forget that? More to the fact, how could I forget I wasn’t actually watching her perform. I was off in Glastonbury doing something I probably shouldn’t have been doing, but I remember it was Amy Winehouse.”

Don Letts to mix next instalment of Late Night Tales series

Don Letts, AKA The Rebel Dread, has mixed the next release in the acclaimed Late Night Tales series. 'Version Excursion selected by Don Letts' will arrive on 24th September and showcases the GRAMMY-winning musician, broadcaster, commentator, and DJ's famously broad taste in music. Work by Ghetto Priest, Zoe Devlin, Quantic, The Tamlins, and Khruangbin all feature on the 21-strong tracklist.

Don Letts (Big Audio Dynamite) releasing ‘Late Night Tales’ comp, has a new memoir

Don Letts has led a very cool life. He was the DJ at '70s London club The Roxy where he turned punk crowds (and the bands) onto reggae when there were no punk records to play yet. He parlayed that into a career as a music video director, making videos for everyone from The Clash, The Slits and Elvis Costello to Musical Youth, Ratt, The Gap Band, The Pogues, and more. He's also made documentaries about The Clash, Sun Ra, George Clinton and many more. He is also a musician -- as a member of Big Audio Dynamite with The Clash's Mick Jones, his love of dub and film shaped the sound of the group. For the last 20 years Don has hosted "Culture Clash Radio" on BBC-6 where he continues to blur genre lines.