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Syd Shelton: Rock Against Racism

  • Art, Photography

Time Out says

Photography gets political in this show that documented the division between race, class and gender in 1970s Britain.

This show brings together Syd Shelton’s incredible photographic documents of the activist movement Rock Against Racism (RAR) that used music to fight racism. During the late 70s when the National Front were gaining support, RAR resisted such fascist attitudes by attracting large diverse audiences to their gigs that showcased reggae and punk bands on the same stage. Shelton not only photographed The Clash, Elvis Costello and The Specials but also the audiences at RAR events, demonstrations and the history-making RAR Carnival 1 at Victoria Park, London in 1978.  


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