The Britannia series

It’s a bummer that here in the USA, we miss out on so many cool BBC music documentaries.

As far as I know, BBC’s  Britannia series over the past few years has included the following chapters: Jazz BritanniaFolk Britannia (er- we’ll skip this one), Soul Britannia, and more recently Synth Britannia. There’s also a Metal Britannia coming soon but we’ll forget about this one too…

I really really want to see Soul Britannia (2007).

Soul Britannia is a major new music series that examines the dynamic impact of black American and Caribbean sounds on British music – and on the very fabric of our society. From the 1950s to the present day, Soul Britannia investigates vinyl obsessions, Soul dancing, imitation, innovation – and much more.

A clip I found on YouTube:

I am also very very excited about Synth Britannia (2009)

In the late Seventies small pockets of electronic artists such as The Human League, Cabaret Voltaire and Throbbing Gristle were inspired by Kraftwerk and J G Ballard to dream of the sound of the future against the backdrop of bleak, high-rise Britain.


Thanks to the generosity of  bloggers and the wonderful world of internet sharing and caring, we CAN watch this series in the USA! ( A huge thanks to Kimberly for the tip!)

On a related note, another series that sounds interesting – Krautrock: The Rebirth of Germany (via retrotogo)

…looks at how a radical generation of musicians created a new German musical identity out of the cultural ruins of war. Between 1968 and 1977 bands like Neu!, Can, Faust and Kraftwerk would look beyond western rock and roll to create some of the most original and uncompromising music ever heard. They shared one common goal – a forward-looking desire to transcend Germany’s gruesome past – but that didn’t stop the music press in war-obsessed Britain from calling them Krautrock.


Eddie’s custom Kraftwerk record case. I sent the album covers to this etsy seller <- recommended!

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