how punk and reggae fought back against racism in the 70s

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When Syd Shelton returned to London in 1977 after fours years living in Australia, he was shocked at how much things had changed. „The recession had really hit and the Callaghan government had attacked living standards for working people – very similar to what’s happening right now,“ he explains. „Whenever that happens, there’s always a rise of something like the National Front.“ Syd was desperate to fight against the hatred and was lucky to meet one of campaign group Rock Against Racism’s founders, Red Saunders. Before long he was their unofficial photographer and designer for their newspaper/zine Temporary Hoarding. With an exhibition of his work from that period opening up at Rivington Place next month, we caught up with Syd to hear about some of Britain’s most tribal and transformative times.

So what were the main messages of RAR?

Putting black and white bands on stage together was a political statement in itself. We didn‘t go on stage shouting „smash the National Front“ and all that sloganeering, but we did want to extend the argument and talk about Zimbabwe, South Africa and apartheid, Northern Ireland, sexism and homophobia. We wanted to go, „Look, the National Front is not just against black people, they‘re against all of this as well.“


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