Choose 5 ➔ Innovators

Happy to present this very diverse selection curated by Doc’n Roll focusing on the powerful impact of innovators in music.

Doc’n Roll about their selection: “Without its crucial innovators to push boundaries, music would be a dreadfully narrow art form!

Gil Scott Heron was two decades ahead of his time, setting the scene for hip-hop and 90’s conscious rap with The Revolution Will Not Be Televised in 1971, by merging both soul and jazz traditions while drawing on oral poetry and spoken word styles of the blues. 

Two years later, Betty Davis kicked down staunch barriers to female sexual liberation with her melding of funk, soul, and glam rock with the raunchy and defiant lyrics of 1973’s If I’m Luck I Might Get Picked Up! 

Composer, keyboardist, bandleader, philosopher, poet, and self-proclaimed extraterrestrial from Saturn, whom Rolling Stones hailed as, “the missing link between Duke Ellington and Public Enemy”, Sun Ra truly was one of a kind. A Joyful Noise reveals the philosophy as the frontrunner of Afrofuturism, and musical growth of one of the twentieth century’s greatest avant-garde musicians.

Sisters With Transistors profiles many of electronic music’s unsung heroines including Clara Rockmore, Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram, Suzanne Ciani and Laurie Spiegel, all of whom paved the way for the likes of Bjork, Nina Kraviz, M.I.A and Grimes during their heydays of the 70’s and 80’s. 

Manchester, classically associated with moody post-punk bands, was also a hotbed of early electronic dance music experimentation and provided the perfect setting for Greg Wilson, Andrew Weatherall, Marshal Jefferson and a youthful Laurent Garnier to guide it’s explosion into the mainstream during the late 90’s. The in-depth Manchester Keeps On Dancing neatly fills in the gaps of this innovative city’s four decades of global influence on the house and techno revolution.”



A selection curated by Colm Forde, Head of Programming, Doc’n Roll Film Festival:

1⃣ Gil Scott Heron: Black Wax, by Robert Mugge (1983)
2⃣ Betty – They Say I’m Different, by Philip Cox (2017)
3⃣ SUN RA: a Joyful Noise, by Robert Mugge (1980)
4⃣ Sisters with Transistors, by Lisa Rovner (2020)
Manchester Keeps on Dancing, by Javi Senz (2017)


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