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'Caught in a culture crossover!' Rock against racism and Alien Kulture

O'Connell, Joe 2020. 'Caught in a culture crossover!' Rock against racism and Alien Kulture. In: Arnold, Gina and McKay, George eds. The Oxford Handbook of Punk Rock, Oxford Handbooks Online, Oxford University Press, (10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190859565.013.20)

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Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of the Rock Against Racism movement and its intersection with punk rock, as well as addressing questions regarding its engagement with Asian communities. Rock Against Racism was a grass-roots musical protest movement that operated from 1976 to 1981 in Britain. It sought to diminish the political power of the National Front, a fascist political party that primarily targeted Asian immigrant communities during the period under examination. Primarily associated with punk (largely performed by white musicians) and reggae (predominantly performed by performers from Afro-Caribbean communities), the movement has been criticized for its lack of representation of Asian communities. Drawing on an interview with the band Alien Kulture, three-quarters of whom were second-generation Pakistani, this chapter demonstrates that Asian communities were represented at Rock Against Racism events. Given that Alien Kulture were musically influenced by punk, it then considers whether this was a meaningful approach to improving multicultural cohesion.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780190859565
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2020 14:00
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/136275

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