In late 1970s Britain, the fascist National Front was winning elections, marching through the streets, and attempting to invade the country's burgeoning punk scene. In response, socialists united with artists, musicians, and members of Britain's Black and Asian communities to form two important movements: the Anti-Nazi League and Rock Against Racism. Together, these groups fought to kick the racists out of the UK's politics and culture. Today, Rock Against Racism is seen as a watershed moment in British popular music.
This is the first of a two-part discussion, in which we will discuss and examine the political and cultural landscape of Britain in the 1970s, the British left, and the beginnings of RAR. We will be reading the introduction and first three chapters of the short book Beating Time: Rock & Roll & Race & Riot.
Part 2 of this meeting will take place on Saturday, June 6th at 2 PM. You can RSVP here.
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- May 23, 2020 at 2pm to 4pm
- 30 people are going