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The History Of Ska

The History Of Ska was a documentary series written and presented by Linton Kwesi Johnson for BBC Radio 1 around 1983, if memory serves. I’d really like to hear that thing again. There are a couple of bits of it on YouTube, of all places, but I’d love to listen to the entire series once more. I will gratefully accept any leads in the comments section.

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  1. If anybody ever actually tracks this down for you, do let us know. That sounds utterly up my alley.

  2. Shawn DePasquale Shawn DePasquale

    LOVE IT!

  3. Have you tried approaching the BBC directly? They seem pretty keen on recycling old content at present. They are constantly replaying old peel sessions and old live sets on radio 6, so maybe they’d rerun the History Of Ska series – I’m sure lots of people would like to hear it, me included.

  4. Shawn DePasquale Shawn DePasquale

    Are you writing about the Sound System Wars?

  5. Anon Anon

    It seems like the kind of thing may have. British TV/radio, with some older titles.

  6. It might not be the most enjoyable experience but have you tried emailing Mark Lamarr? It seems like the kind of thing he would know.

  7. Munkey Munkey

    may be able to get hold of it for you as i work at the BBC…can usually get stuff from the archives. will ask and let you know

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