Rock Against Racism

I’ve been too busy applying for jobs/crying into my beer to update regularly, so in the interim I’d urge you to watch Who Shot The Sherriff? It’s a documentary about the rise of the British National Front in the 1970s, and more importantly how a multiracial coalition of socialists, anarchists, musicians and regular folk kicked the NF’s sorry heads in. It’s got grainy footage from the 70s and an amazing soundtrack. The link above has it embedded, which unfortunately I can’t reproduce here. But please, click link 1 and link 2. Trust me, it’s an hour of your life you won’t regret.

There are lots of stories emerging online about the campaigns if you’d like to read further. One blog in particular collects stories of participants from the 1978 Rock Against Racism Carnival, including eye-witness accounts of fighting the nazis, but I can’t find it. If you do, please post it in the comment box.

Finally, here’s footage from the Rock Against Racism carnival in Hyde Park, 1978, from the film Rude Boy, which rather cheekily managed to insert an actor into the actual show. I challenge you not to be moved by the opening chords of London’s Burning, and the crowd going wild:

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