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East End Babylon – The Story Of The Cockney Rejects DVD
The Rejects were fiercely working class, the band eschewed the political ramblings of punk’s first wave and sang about their own circumstances. Joe Strummer famously said that, ""The Rejects were the real deal"", whilst Morrissey reckoned ""Jeff Turner was obviously singing to avoid killing someone.""
Signed by EMI after playing four local gigs (less than The Pistols!) they found themselves playing sell out tours across the UK and seeing their debut album storm the charts. Top of the Pops appearances followed, which became the stuff of legend as the band ran amok, finally being banned from the show.
"East End Babylon" was directed by Richard England (executive producer of award-winning Dr. Feelgood documentary "Oil City Confidential") and edited by Henry Stein (who recently edited the Led Zeppelin concert film "Celebration Day"). ‘East End Babylon’ receives a 9/10 review in issue 13 of Vive Le Rock, with editor Eugene Butcher calling it an "essential rock ‘n’ roll documentary".
As well as the film itself, the DVD release includes over 90 minutes of outstanding bonus extras including unseen music and interview footage. "East End Babylon" was featured in the Sundance Film Festival in London on 26th April 2013 and nominated for the BAFTA’s longlist.