The Story of Skinhead with Don Letts

Mar 18, 2024 | Social, Videos

The skinhead movement of the 1970s is often associated with violence, intolerance and hatred. However, the reality of the movement goes much deeper than its bleak reputation. It all began in Britain, where a group of working-class youths sought to express themselves through their style. Adopting the cropped haircuts and sharp clothes of Jamaican immigrants, they created a distinct look that was both rebellious and cool.

The early skinheads embraced Jamaican music including reggae and ska as well as British bands like The Specials who popularised the mod revival sound. They also promoted racial tolerance through their ‘unity’ motto – something that has since been forgotten in their later extreme associations.

The documentary ‘Skins & Punks: A Skinsploitation’ explores this fascinating subculture in depth. Through interviews with original skinheads and punks, it looks at how these styles evolved from a fashion statement into an identity for those looking to be different from mainstream society. It also examines how racist groups attempted to hijack the scene for their own agenda, pushing non-white skins away in the process and tainting its legacy in many minds.

For anyone interested in understanding this complex culture more fully, ‘Skins & Punks: A Skinsploitation’ promises to provide an eye-opening insight into its origins and development. No matter what preconceived notions you may have about skinhead culture, this documentary will open your mind to the rich history behind it all and encourage you to think again about its true nature.

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