Review by Mut Asheru,
This is a doc made by a director with a distinct love for the “rocksteady” musical genre. If you’re not into the history of Reggae music you probably won’t be familiar enough with the subject to remain engaged throughout the duration of the film.
BROOKLYN ROCKSTEADY, directed by Sam Gursky details the ska/rocksteady scene in Brooklyn, N.Y. during the late 80s to early 90s. There’s not too much historical footage of the scene so the director is forced to rely heavily on interviews. Drawing from the rich history of bands that were around during that time period the film feels more like a “golden days” reminiscent piece. Almost like sitting on the porch with your granfolks listening to them tell you about the good old days.
I would have liked to have more music samples so that I could get a feel for the groups present during the interviews but aside from that, I would say indie doc BROOKLYN ROCKSTEADY accomplished its mission to inform those of us not in the know of a N.Y. music scene that was once vibrant but is now more underground.
Be that as it may the love of the subject shines through in this doc and I won’t lie…I found myself thinking “damn I need to check these cats out”. Mission accomplished.