A report on a gig organised by Manchester lesbians and gays from 1985. The strike had ended on 3rd March 1985 but the hardship of a year on the picket lines bit deep.
People across the country rallied to support the miners, especially as the brutality of Thatcherism demonstrated by the Police became more and more blatant, as the chaps in the film says: “We all have the same enemies.”
The Redskins are featured, they gigged solidly in support of the miners and often had striking miners on stage to talk about the struggle.
From the NME, 16 July, 1983
New York writer Nelson George’s book The Death of R’n’B looked at the decline of soul music and the rise of black bourgeois values. The NME of 14 January, 1989 talks to him.
More than a year after the miners strike the Redskins interviewed in the NME 5 April, 1986, by the cultural commentator Paul Morley.
The Slits’ Viv Albertine and The Pop Group’s Garry Sager interviewed in Sounds 26 April, 1980.
The magnificent Bodysnatchers in Sounds, April 26, 1980.
A great ska compilation reviewed in the NME, 25 August, 1979. 2 Tone was the beat of the street and kids were looking back to see where the music came from. ‘Cause fashion is my only culture…