If you are at all into reggae and haven't seen The Harder They Come, you have missed an entire semester and you will be put back. Go get the soundtrack. Watch the film. It'll not only school you on the varied strains of early seventies reggae, but with the film you'll get an idea of what 1970s Kingston was like. And those of you who are familiar with both, you can stand around looking like a big shot, or you can try a nifty exercise. Listen to the songs below and reflect on when you first heard them, or saw the film, and how it's shaped your views on reggae ever since.
Production on a sequel, The Harder They Come Pt 2 is scheduled to start later this year, with Jimmy Cliff reviving his role, despite the fact that he was shot up and presumed dead in the original. You can read about it here. In the meantime check these. If you're still not convinced, poke around for other clips from the original. They're all over the place.
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Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come mp3 at Cause Equals Time
Toots and the Maytals - Sweet and Dandy mp3 at Atumblr (?)
Scotty - Draw your Brakes mp3 at Le Blog de la Grand Chose
The Melodians - Rivers of Babylon mp3 at Brendan McGetrick (?)
The Slickers - Johnny Too Bad mp3 at DJ No DJ
Desmond Dekker - 007 (Shanty Town) mp3 at Midwestern Housewives
Jimmy Cliff to reprise role in 'Harder They Come Pt 2' at The Gleaner
The Harder They Come at Wikipedia