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21 images from our Rock Against Racism exhibition are on display at Side Gallery, part of the Freedom City Festival.
Between 1976 and 1981, the movement Rock Against Racism (RAR) confronted racist ideology in the streets, parks and town halls of Britain. RAR was formed by a collective of musicians and political activists to fight fascism and racism through music. Under the slogan 'Love Music, Hate Racism', it showcased reggae and punk bands on the same stage, attracting large multicultural audiences.
At a time when the fascist attitudes of the National Front were gaining support, RAR marked the rising resistance to violent and institutionalised racism.
Banner images: 1) . Syd Shelton, Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, The Clash, London 1977. 2) Syd Shelton, Specials Fans, RAR Carnival Against the Nazis, Leeds, 1981. 3) Syd Shelton Bagga, vocalist with Matumbi, Hackney, London, 1978. 4)