Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae (2009)


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In the spirit of Wim Wenders' Buena Vista Social Club, this lively documentary brings together legendary reggae artists for an exchange of music and memories. Hopeton Lewis, Stranger Cole, Ken Boothe, and many others trace the genre's roots to the mid-'60s -- an era when Jamaican ska began to give way to rocksteady -- and offer insights about the music's cultural and political impact through the ages. ~ Carly Wray, Rovi

Rating: G
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
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Critic Reviews for Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

What a delight it is to watch Jamaican musicians of the late sixties reunite for the film Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae.

Full Review… | July 27, 2009
Globe and Mail
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A rich and rewarding music documentary endowed with a wonderful sense of the significance of its subject, with revealing tales.

Full Review… | July 27, 2009
Toronto Star
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It's almost impossible not to smile while watching Stascha Bader's documentary Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae...

Full Review… | June 18, 2010

Like others of its kind, the film is mainly a teaser for the tie-in CD.

Full Review… | April 22, 2010
The Age (Australia)

It's neither inherently cinematic nor -- arguably -- particularly exciting.

Full Review… | April 21, 2010
FILMINK (Australia)

Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae uses archival footage from the 1960s and offers a brief recent history of the island.

Full Review… | July 27, 2009
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