Skinhead Truth Romp – Roy Ellis, Mr. Symarip
Put Your Braces Together And Your Boots On Your Feet...
Tonight’s guest on the Garry Bushell Talk Show is the legendary reggae star Roy Ellis, also known as Mr Symarip. Roy is one of the genuine icons of sixties reggae in the UK and his band Symarip were famously the first to target the emerging skinhead youth cult with their best-loved song, 1969’s Skinhead Moonstomp.
The young skins were feared by the press and the establishment; but the Jamaican-born star found love and acceptance amongst all those cropped heads, braces and bovver boots.
Roy grew up in Balham, south west London, where he boxed at welterweight before breaking into the music business. In this very special show, Roy frankly talks about his life in music, the giants of reggae, his home in Switzerland and the controversial working class cult who made him their very own.