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Soul Britannia on YouTube

Posted in Music, Television on July 7, 2010 by lili

(Following on from this blog post)

The Britannia series

Posted in Music, Television on October 28, 2009 by lili

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!

British Style Genius

Posted in Art/Style, fashion, Television on November 10, 2008 by lili

“Welcome to the definitive guide to British style – a celebration of the attitudes and icons that drive the way we dress.”

Here is the official BBC website of this TV documentary series on fashion through the ages starting from Postwar Britain. (“Teddy Boys” etc.)

Thank you, YOUTUBE! Below is the “Street Look” episode.

British Style Genius – The Street Look – Part 1

British Style Genius – The Street Look – Part 2

Parts 3 to 6 are also on YouTube.

Kookie Swings!

Posted in Rockabilly, Television on January 8, 2006 by lili

Edd Byrnes
(aka KOOKIE) from 77 Sunset Strip is cool cool cool, daddy-o! Here seen teaching the Parisian kids how to swing.

Download kookieswings-vid.wmv [8mb]

Kookie tunes:

A, You’re Adorable

Like, I Love You

77 Sunset Strip info
Hepcat slang

Online Jukebox: Little Steven’s Underground Garage > Show 69 > Happy Birthday Kookie!  (Playlist here)

The Story Of Jamaican Music

Posted in Music, Television on February 6, 2004 by lili

BBC – Reggae – The Story Of Jamaican Music

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Animated Dance Sequences

Posted in Television on September 10, 2003 by lili

Animation Nation Bulletin Board: Favourite Dance Animated Sequences

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