For our July Music Driven entry, we screened two live films from legendary D.C. hardcore band Bad Brains and invited one of the band’s founding members: bassist Darryl Jenifer to talk it out with Sacha Jenkins, a “television producer, filmmaker, writer, musician, artist, curator, and chronicler of hip-hop, graffiti, punk, and metal cultures” (that’s from Wikipedia).
The two spent nearly an hour talking shop on Jenkins’ early musical influences (“the blessing of versatility”), how the band evolved from punk to a more spiritual Rasta slant, and his self-appointed position in the band to keep them playing tight. They cover plenty more than that. It’s a soulful and funny history of Bad Brains, punk rock and racism in America. It’s a blast.