There and Black Again: The Autobiography of Don LettsOmnibus
Publication date: 11th March 2021
Extent: 352 pages
By Don Letts and Mal Peachey
Don Letts – filmmaker, musician, DJ, broadcaster, social commentator, husband and father – has always defied conformity. A British-born son of Windrush parents, he seamlessly pivoted between London’s punk and reggae scenes – earning his reputation as the ‘Rebel Dread’.
In There and Black Again, Don Letts looks back on his exceptional life, which has seen him befriend Bob Marley after sneaking into his hotel, join The Clash’s White Riot tour as manager of The Slits and become one of the UK’s most highly regarded video directors just as the MTV boom hit.
Told in part as scenes from a movie shot on location in London, Kingston, New York City, Los Angeles, Windhoek, Salt Lake City and Goldeneye, There and Black Again co-stars a cast of hundreds, including Joe Strummer, John Lydon, Bob Marley, Chrissie Hynde, Chris Blackwell, Paul McCartney, Nelson Mandela, Keith Richards, Patti Smith, Chuck D., Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood.
With reflections on the Black Lives Matter movement and the highs and lows of personal relationships, this impactful book includes moments of civil unrest, live music, humour and political struggle. There and Black Again is the refreshing and often unexpected story of a man who has never been afraid to tread his own path.
An avid documentary maker, Don won a Grammy Award for The Clash: Westway To The World in 2003, and his work has exhibited in The Kitchen N.Y.C, The Institute of Contemporary Art and The N.F.T in London. He was honoured at Brooklyn's BAM festival and The Milan Film festival (at which Fellini said he had, the vision of a terrorist ). His films on the life and work of, among others, Sun Ra, George Clinton and Gil Scott-Heron have earned him much acclaim. His series of documentaries on youth subcultures, particularly Skinhead have become academic study subjects and racked up millions of views on YouTube. In 2018 he was given an honorary doctorate for his contribution to British culture. Don broadcasts a show on the BBC 6 Music channel and is much in demand around the world as a nightclub DJ. He is often called to comment on social and cultural matters by major news networks in the UK.