The Kinolibrary now represent – exclusively – filmmaker Don Letts’s archive, a testament to the cultural exchange between the black and white youth of London in the 70s and 80s.
Armed with a Super 8 camera, Letts documented the era’s most prominent countercultures; Reggae and Punk. He toured with The Clash, managed the Slits, and DJed at the Roxy, arguably turning a whole generation of Punks onto Reggae in the process. Including on-stage and backstage footage with artists like Generation X and their lead-singer Billy Idol, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Slits and The Sex Pistols, the collection also features crowd scenes at the Roxy from the heart of London’s punk scene.
View the footage here.