William Badgley has made two music documentaries - Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary Film about a Band Called KARP and Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits.
Both bands were hugely influential, in vastly different ways for different generations. KARP has a small but mighty cult following, especially for the ‘90s Pacific Northwest, the scene that Badgley grew up in.
The Slits were a wild band of young women in the first wave of UK punk. ‘
they broke up in the early 80s, then reformed with 2 principal members in the oughts and kept touring until the death of singer Ari Up in 2010
Badgley is wrapping up his documentary about Don Letts, the crucial link between London’s punk and reggae subcultures who is an archivist and filmmaker in his own right (and former manager of The Slits). I was able to catch an in-progress cut of the Letts film, Rebel Dread, at the Echo Park Film Center - so there’s some talk about that version which will be pretty different by the time of an official release.
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