Saturday, December 10, 2016

Préparation agrégation anglais civilisation britannique 45

Le Royaume-Uni à l'épreuve de la crise 1970-79

This documentary looks at the movement "Rock against racism" and its rise in the late 1970s. This very influential network brought together in a very innovative manner young Black and young White people in hundreds of gigs and other events across the country.

The spark which led to the rise of Rock against Racism was the reaction by a group of left wingers to Eric Clapton’s drunken racist tirade at a concert in Birmingham. A letter to the music press brought hundreds of replies, and the network became much more powerful than its initiators had thought possible. In the following months, dozens of local concerts were organized following the RAR recipe: black reggae groups and white punk groups playing on the same bill, the black group always top of the bill. The result was both the mixing of musics, as different influences met each other, and the mixing of different audiences which up to then had been subject to de facto unthinking racial segregation : reggae music had been for Blacks and punk music for Whites.[1]

[1] With a small number of notable exceptions such as mixed race woman singer Poly Styrene from the punk group X ray Spex.

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