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Rock Against Racism: a new fanzine for a new movement

by Phil Whaite
Issue No. 1914

In March Love Music Hate Racism organised a tremendously successful gig at London’s Astoria.

Featuring new bands like The Others and The Libertines, and veterans of Rock Against Racism in the 1970s The Buzzcocks, it attracted over 1,000 people to hear great music and a message against the Nazi BNP.

Since then, Rock Against Racism (RAR) has been putting on popular club nights in London, which have seen many new bands playing, including Haven, Art Brut, Ludes, Special Needs, The Blueskins and Metro Riots.

A group of people around RAR have decided to launch a fanzine to promote anti-racism in music, and to cover the exciting new bands who are emerging at the moment. We were inspired by Temporary Hoarding, the paper of Rock Against Racism in the 1970s.

A “do it yourself” scene is emerging on a scale not seen for years, and we want to have that same spirit in the fanzine, with as many people writing for it as possible.

Many of the new bands are trying to bypass the traditional record industry, through “guerrilla gigging” and putting out their own records through the internet.

Already there has been a lot of interest in the fanzine from music fans. One post on the internet last week brought over 50 replies from people wanting to write articles and reviews, send in pictures and CDs, and let us know about gigs and club nights they are involved in organising.

Although there is a lot of talk in the music press about a “scene” centred on London, replies have come from across the country.

Hull, Wigan and Portsmouth are among the places where people are letting us know about gigs happening and bands forming in their areas.

We want anyone who has something to say about anti-racism in music to get in touch.

The first issue of Rock Against Racism will be out in September. To order copies or send articles, email rar_fanzine@yahoo.co.uk


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Sat 14 Aug 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1914
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