SCREENING: 18 November 2017 at 15:30

LDN - Ritzy Picturehouse Brixton

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Dir Rob Hatch-Miller, 2015, US, 84mins

UK PREMIERE + Director Q&A via Skype

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Velvet-voiced soul singer Syl Johnson struggled for decades before leaving the music business in the 1980s to open a Chicago fried-fish chain. Since then, he’s become one of the most-sampled artists in hip-hop. The list of artists who’ve used his 1967 song “Different Strokes” includes Run-DMC, NWA, Public Enemy, the Wu-Tang Clan, the Beastie Boys, Kid Rock, Michael Jackson, Jay Z and Kanye West. With a vibrant soundtrack and an original score by Yo La Tengo, this buoyant documentary – featuring interviews with RZA (the Wu-Tang Clan), Prince Paul (De La Soul), Peanut Butter Wolf (Stones Throw Records), Jazzy Jay (Afrika Bambaataa’s Soulsonic Force) – celebrates one man who can’t stop the music.

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