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Don Letts

Don Letts’ reputation has been firmly established in both the film and music world by a substantial body of work from the late 70’s through the 80’s, 90’s and well into the millennium. His work has been exhibited in The Kitchen N.Y.C, The Institute of Contemporary Art, The N.F.T in London and was honored at Brooklyn’s BAM festival and The Milan Film festival. In March 2003 he won a Grammy for his documentary ‘Westway To The World’.

He came to notoriety in the late 70’s as the DJ that single handedly turned a whole generation of punks onto reggae. It was whilst as a d.j at the first punk club ‘The Roxy’ in 1977, that Don adopted the punk D.I.Y ethic and begun to make his first film ‘The Punk Rock Movie’. Shot on Super-8mm it is the only documentary on the U.K punk scene w/ Sex Pistols-The Clash and many others. This led to a period directing over 300 music videos for an eclectic mix of diverse artists ranging from Public Image to Bob Marley. He then moved into documentary work covering the likes of Gil Scot-Heron, The Jam, Sun Ra, George Clinton and most recently Paul McCartney. Dancehall Queen (co-directedby Rick Elgood) shot in location in Jamaica 1997 was his first feature film.

Sunday – 10 July
Stage
The Memphis
Tickets Category
Standing

DOCUMENTARIES

17:30

THE STORY OF DON LETTS REBEL DREAD, THE LEGENDARY OF BRITISH COUNTER CULTURE by WILLIAM E. BADGLEY avant première suisse

CONCERTS

20:00

EMILE LONDONIEN HOUSE PARTY

23:00

JAM SESSIONS with Clarendelle

launched by IN THE HOUSE BAND
supported by Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation

Sunday – 10 July
Stage
La Coupole
Tickets Category
Standing

DOLCE VITA

23:00

MANDRAX (MISH MASH SET)

01:00

DON LETTS

03:00

POSH BOY

Sunday – 10 July
Stage
La Loggia
Tickets Category
Standing

PODCAST RECORDING

19:00

JAZZ IS… with SHEMS BENDALI

20:30

JAZZ IS… with DON LETTS

 

Sunday – 10 July
Stage
Le Cinéma
Tickets Category
Standing

TALKS

18:30

ARCHIVES, A MATERIAL FOR EMOTIONS? by ALAIN DUFAUX (EPFL), CHRISTOPHE FELLAY (EDHEA) & DIDIER GRANDJEAN (UNIGE)

20:30

NEW BLUES PAR MILES À MONTREUX by CHARLOTTE GRABER (EPFL) & JULIEN BOSS (HEMU)

DOCUMENTARIES

22:30

TWO SEVENS CLASH by DON LETTS presented by DON LETTS

00:30

TINGUELY by THOMAS THUMENA in collaboration with Play Suisse

CONCERT SCREENINGS

02:30

LIONEL RICHIE (2015) presented by IRENE MOKVELD (MJF)

Sunday – 10 July
Stage
La Bibliothèque
Tickets Category
Standing

BOOKS

17:00

THERE AND BLACK AGAIN presented by DON LETTS

TALKS

19:30

JAZZ OR NOT JAZZ? with EMILE LONDONIEN & SHEMS BENDALI, Moderator MARC MARET (Rolling Stone Magazine)

VINYLS

21:30

GARY MOORE 1995 – presented by XAVIER OBERSON (MJF-MJAF)

TALKS

23:30

FLORA PURIM 1978 – by LAURENCE DESARZENS (Prix Suisse de la Musique)

VINYLS

01:30

PACO DE LUCIA & JOHN MCLAUGHLIN 1987 – presented by VIVIANE RYCHNER-RAOUF (MJF-MJAF)