Youth - Sketch, Drugs & Rock’n’Roll DVD review

From Killing Joke to The Endless River, with cosmic hilarity in-between, Youth tells it like it is

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If you think Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman is an ‘character’, meet on/off bass player Martin Glover, aka Youth. Where young Coleman grabbed the limelight with bug-eyed bluster and dark conspiracies, Youth honed dub-punk plunking in a filthy white suit, like a squalid Tony Manero (he also caught a ‘Saturday Night Fever’ off said garment, one of the film’s best stories). But Youth’s focus was always record production.

And while he’s worked with The Verve, Embrace and, erm, Bananarama, with psychedelic substances opening his third eye in the 80s, it’s his collaborations with the Joke, Orb, Floyd and The Fireman that are most fascinating as Coleman, Alex Paterson, David Gilmour and Macca talk of the free-spirited maverick who believes anything is possible (that’s how KJ played Giza’s Great Pyramid). Fan-made and funded, the quality’s occasionally rough and the sound bed can distract. But eventually a narrative emerges, then it’s a trip to see him in his home studio with a rollie and a cuppa, crafting his Anarchist Sketchbook and Turner-esque canvasses, or touring South London’s megalithic sites in the cosmic van he bought 30-odd years ago.

Jo Kendall

Jo is a journalist, podcaster, event host and music industry lecturer with 23 years in music magazines since joining Kerrang! as office manager in 1999. But before that Jo had 10 years as a London-based gig promoter and DJ, also working in various vintage record shops and for the UK arm of the Sub Pop label as a warehouse and press assistant. Jo's had tea with Robert Fripp, touched Ian Anderson's favourite flute (!), asked Suzi Quatro what one wears under a leather catsuit, and invented several ridiculous editorial ideas such as the regular celebrity cooking column for Prog, Supper's Ready. After being Deputy Editor for Prog for five years and Managing Editor of Classic Rock for three, Jo is now Associate Editor of Prog, where she's been since its inception in 2009, and a regular contributor to Classic Rock. She continues to spread the experimental and psychedelic music-based word amid unsuspecting students at BIMM Institute London, hoping to inspire the next gen of rock, metal, prog and indie creators and appreciators.