Menelik Shabazz’s “The Story of Lover’s Rock” is a doc heavy on talking heads, but also on tantalizing story strands, telling the story of the makers of a 1970s-80s form of underground south London reggae performance (which included comedy) meant to encourage late-night close dancing. “Lover’s Rock” is heavy on the love, for the scene and for the sound. While the streets outside were harsh and hostile, inside “scrubbing”—or close dancing—was the order of the night. While never a mainstream success, the sound—dubbed “reggae’s Motown” trickled out to influence UK bands like The Police and Culture Club. 96m. (Ray Pride)
“The Story of Lover’s Rock” opens Friday at Facets.
Ray Pride is Newcity’s film critic and a contributing editor to Filmmaker magazine.
His history of Chicago “Ghost Signs” in words and images will be published in Spring 2022.