A benefit at Dalston’s Rio cinema in 1988 with plenty of poets, as well as Julian Clary as the excellent Joan Collins Fan Club, on the bill alongside Kathy Acker. The gig was against the anti-homosexual Clause 28 that became law in May, 1988, and was repealed in 2003.
John Hegley leant me his copy of Zero, an Anarchist/Anarcha-feminist monthly. This is issue 2 from August 1977.
John told me that the first time he heard about John Cooper Clarke was from the Agitprop page of this paper. Sure enough the third event down has Clarkey gigging a the 68 Club, a West Indian club in Manchester.
The Agitprop listing shows what the politicals of the day were up to.
The collection of miners’ poetry published by the NUM to raise money during the strike reviewed in the Morning Star, 17 November, 1984.
I recently got a copy of the 1984 NUM poetry collection Against All Odds and inside was a couple of newspaper clippings about the book.
This one is from the Morning Star 5 January, 1985. Chris Searle, who wrote the article, was the teacher whose sacking sparked the Stepney school strike.
Politics and violence were all part of the mix at gigs in the late 70s/early 80s. They were the arena where fascism and anti-fascism slugged it out. This response to a racist is from the letters page of Sounds, 25 October, 1980.
I’m not ashamed of being white or of my British heritage either, but that doesn’t equate with the National Front.It does, however, mean a desire to preserve the free speech and democracy we supposedly enjoy in Britain and no doubt the NF do encounter a healthy and venomous opposition, but mainly because there is a realisation that were the NF to gain sufficient impetus, they may not extend the same courtesy of free speech as you and I would perhaps grant them.
You can hardly expect me to defend those who would not have the slightest qualms about denying me the ‘free speech’ that the NF enjoy anyway; I’ve seen one of their political party broadcasts on TV myself.
“Never any outcry about the homeless, jobless, whites?” Every time I turn the television on, a politician or trade unionist is decrying the obscenity of 2 million unemployed. The number is, I assume inclusive of all races. And what about the ‘inter-tribe fights in African States?” that’s no justification of racialism in this country.
“Proud to be white, so are my mates, and if that makes us racist, well so what?” So everything. If you ARE a racist, admit it. If you’re not you should realise the implications of glibness on the subject when compared to the rest of your letter. And I’m sure Sounds writers don’t wish they were black, even though they may well be biased; they’d probably rather be what they are: white and affluent.
Red Action’s report on the National Front attack on the Redskin’s at the GLC ‘Jobs For A Change’ festival from Red Action, 13, 1984. There’s also some reports on the aftermath.