Blog by Nadine White
3rd October 2015
BBC Four: 'The People's History of Pop'
Since its establishment in 2002, BBC Four has been committed to broadcasting international films, new arts and music programmes and factual documentaries between the hours of 7pm-4am.
Reggae Fraternity UK have recently received information surrounding a music programme currently in the works, 'The People's History of Pop' (PHOP). Independently produced by 7 Wonder, an award-winning media production house, the documentary will chart the UK's popular music heritage from the 1950s to the Noughties.
This unique project will be narrated from the fans’ perspective as opposed to the conventional formula of interviewing artists/producers; a refreshingly grassroots approach. Oh and speaking of roots, there’s a particular angle embedded in this programme for reggae music. It is widely known that reggae has played an integral part in UK popular culture. The genre's historical pop sensibilities have seen its appeal integrate into wider society and the ranks of mainstream.
Many viewers will recall ‘Reggae Britannia’ (February 2011), a documentary which was aired on BBC Four and addressed the evolution of reggae within the UK, influence on other musical art forms and its impact on the development of second generation Caribbean identity. This show attracted an audience of over 415,000!
Of ‘The People’s History of Pop’, Executive Producer at 7 Wonder Steve Condie says: “we are making a new kind of social history programme and offering everyone a chance to share their part in the musical brilliance which is one Britain’s greatest achievements”. So, with that said, there is a call for UK reggae patrons to submit their memorabilia via the PHOP website; this can be anything from footage, posters, images, recordings, mixtapes, written material…even ticket stubs from that old sound clash, concert or dance.
So why not get involved? You could be featured in this documentary when it airs in 2016! And even if your stuff does not make it onto the big screen, all submissions will still be featured in an online archive. You cannot say that we do not keep you posted about what is going on!