Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Door of No Return

Door of No Return is the latest documentary on reggae legends Steel Pulse - for the uninitiated they are my all-time favourite band - whom I first saw play live in 1978 and who are still going strong today. Originally from Handsworth in Birmingham, UK, they now spend most of their time touring the United States and beyond and rarely return to their homeland to play. For this documentary, directed by Michel Moreau, the film follows the band from a concert for Amnesty International in Senegal in 1999 to a tour of the US, side trips to Africa and a return to the streets of Handsworth. Footage from their concerts, backstage and rehearsal shots and interviews with each band member reveal life on the road and the band's views on an emotional trip to the infamous slave island of Goree, which gave the film its title. Copies of the DVD, released in March, can be obtained here. It follows on from their 2006 DVD release, Introspective, which contained interviews and previously unseen archive footage chronicling the band's history. To find out the full story on Steel Pulse, as documented by this author, click here.


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