DVD review: YOUTH – Sketch, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll

YOUTH - Sketch, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll

Cadiz Music [Release date 23.09.16]

Producer, artist, poet, DJ and bass player, who has also worked as a producer and remixer for the likes of Paul McCartney, U2, Guns n Roses, Primal Scream and Boy George (and that is just the short list), ‘Sketch, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll’ tells the story of the artist known as Youth.

The subject is philosophical, creative and spiritual and the documentary is very watchable- this is because Youth is both personable and likeable, and let me assure you, there are also some great rock n’ roll tales to be heard here.

Known primarily as the bass player for Killing Joke in the 1980′s it is throughout the ‘90′s that his work as a producer came to the wider audience. Interviews with Paul McCartney, Jas Coleman, David Gilmour, Boy George, Alan McGee and Embrace’s Danny McNamara, amongst others, help build a picture of the man who you get the feeling feels that he has blagged his way through a multi-layered and successful career.

The extras on the DVD include additional interviews and photos. A bonus disc features a 43 minute track that is a DJ mix of previously unreleased music from Youth.

‘Sketch, Drugs & Rock n’ Roll’ is one of those great musical documentaries that you pick up where you don’t know much about an artist but leave you wanting to hear more.  ****

Review by Nikk Gunns



On Sunday 28 July 2019, David Randall celebrated his 600th show. “Assume The Position” started in June 2007 on UK City Radio before transferring a year later to Get Ready to ROCK! Radio. The show includes tracks played on the first show plus Upton Blues Festival highlights, new music and the regular features “Live Legends” and “Anniversary Rock” which this week celebrates the Island Records label 60th anniversary.

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Power Plays w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

BEFORE FIRE Dead Eyes (indie)
SCOTT & MARIA Never Give Up (indie)
CORELEONI Queen Of Hearts (AFM Records)
BERLIN Transcendance (Cleopatra Records)
PHIL CAMPBELL These Old Boots (Nuclear Blast)
PHIL LANZON Blue Mountain (Phil Lanzon Ditties/Cargo Records UK)

Featured Albums w/c 19 August (Mon-Fri)

09:00-12:00 SOLEIL MOON Warrior (Frontiers)
12:00-13:00 ROXY BLUE Roxy Blue (Frontiers)
14:00-16:00 DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS Dragons (Magnolia Music/Thirty Tigers)

Albums That Time Forgot (Mon-Fri)

JAMES STEVENSON Everything’s Getting Closer To Being Over (2013)



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