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UWL Professor makes music video history

Power to the People music video DVD

A brand new DVD collection of the most influential British music videos in history which features expert analysis by a UWL Professor, has been released this week (Monday).

More than 200 filmmakers behind iconic music videos by artists including Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Dizzee Rascal and The Chemical Brothers, joined Professor Emily Caston to celebrate the launch of ‘Power to the People: British Music Videos 1966-2016’, at the British Film Institute, last week.

The six-DVD box-set is the result of a three-year research project partnership between the University of West London, the University of Portsmouth, the British Film Institute and the British Library funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Prof. Caston has contributed an introductory essay explaining the history of British music videos since 1966 and the box-set also includes exhaustively researched production credits.

(l-r) Nigel Talamo, WIZ, Prof. Emily Caston, Cynthia Lole, Fiz Oliver

The videos were selected by a team of researchers including Prof. Caston, who worked in collaboration with more than one hundred directors, producers, cinematographers, editors, choreographers, colourists and video commissioners. The result is rare production notes based on exhaustive research which detail directors, producers, executive producers, directors of photography, editors, colourists, production companies and choreographers.

Prof. Caston said: ‘We have made history in bringing this collection together and the significance and value of music video in British film history is now assured. The launch event was a major achievement and it was fantastic to see so many acclaimed filmmakers from music video celebrating with the curators of the British Film Institute.' 

(l-r) Justin Smith Piers Bedford

Purchase ‘Power to the People: British Music Videos 1966-2016’. 

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