Origins and contexts
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Rock Against Racism (RAR) was a mass anti-racist movement that used rock concerts as a medium through which to organise resistance to the British far-right. One of RAR's most distinctive features was its strong visual identity, which drew heavily upon the art and graphics of early twentieth-century radical cultures, but was also influenced by punk graphics, pop art and the availability of new printing technologies. To understand RAR, the author details some of the contextual issues, such as the decline of post-war consensus, and the politics of despair. The collapse of consensus in the 1970s was hastened by economic and ideological crises that shattered many people's dreams of progress and prosperity and the Keynesian world view upon which they were based. Up until this point a degree of complacency regarding Britain's social and economic prospects was evident in certain quarters.

Crisis music

The cultural politics of Rock Against Racism


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