Narrated by Nate Harrison, this 2004 documentary explains the remarkable story of the “Amen Break”, a six-second drum sample from a 1969 funky song called “Amen Brother” by The Winstons, that literally revolutionized the music industry. This sample was used extensively in early hip-hop, drum and bass, breakbeat and jungle music. Listen to this video if you want to understand how this sample have been a cornerstone of the music industry of the past 20 years. This 18 minutes video is also a reflection on the nature of creativity and the ownership of music culture.
Here some of the songs sampling the ‘Amen break’: Can I get an amen ?