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Rock Against Racism's (RAR's) politics and its relationships with the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) and other organisations and individuals have been interpreted via crude assumptions regarding the left and movements of popular protest. Insufficient attention has been paid to the specific historical context in which RAR operated and the political and cultural traditions that informed its activities. The author addresses these issues in his study and he proposes a number of conclusions on this basis. RAR was an important partner in the anti-racist and anti-fascist mobilisations of the 1970s. Many of RAR's leading activists may have been Marxists, but those who were in the SWP represented not only a Trotskyist perspective, but a dissident, state capitalist, variant at that. Far from expressing a monolithic Marxist approach to culture, RAR broke ranks with most of the left by choosing to orient itself on the products of the capitalist music industry.

Crisis music

The cultural politics of Rock Against Racism



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