Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism
The Rock Against Racism movement confronted racist ideology in the streets, parks and town halls of Britain
Syd Shelton’s photographs capture one of the most intriguing and contradictory periods in British post war history. 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 racism and fascism 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 National Front were gaining support, RAR marked the rising resistance to violent and institutionalised racism. RAR did not have an official photographer and Shelton has produced the largest collection of images of the movement.
This signed first edition includes 143 images, alongside an essay by Paul Gilroy and an interview with the artist.
Published by Autograph, 2015
Edited by Mark Sealy and Carol Tulloch
240 x 220 mm
Published to accompany the Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism exhibition
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