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White Riot

Written By: - Date published: 2:43 pm, July 5th, 2020 - 11 comments
Categories: accountability, boycott, class war, Culture wars, Deep stuff, democratic participation, discrimination, Economy, movie review, Politics, Zionism - Tags: , , , ,

Go see this film.

A documentary about the formation of the Rock Against Racism movement in the late seventies, White Riot is a reminder that much of your favourite rock music was stolen from black slaves by white men.

You’ll never look at Eric Clapton the same way.

David Bowie and Rod Stewart don’t come out of it too well, either, but at least they apologised for their stupidity.

Clapton, on the other hand, is still a proudly unapologetic racist. Who shot the sheriff? Not you, mate.

Racism in rock is still an issue to this very day and as a Smiths fan, my disgust at Morrissey is pretty raw.

Nick Cave and the dimwits from Radiohead are also on my shitlist for supporting Zionism, when they really should know better.

On the upside, I’d like to give a big shout out to Christchurch punk band Carradine Choke, who took the proceeds from a recent gig which was meant to be a fundraiser for their new album and instead donated the money raised to a community ethnic support project.

That’s brilliant. That’s punk.


White Riot is showing now in your rohe, whanau.

Find out why the Clash are still The Only Band That Matters. Learn why Steel Pulse wore KKK sheets.

Embrace the anarchically democratic traditions of punk.

Above all …

Love Music. Hate Racism.



11 comments on “White Riot ”

  1. Jesus H Christ @ TRP. You mean its taken this long for you to have awakened? Especially re Clapton.

    In breaking news, a complete arsehole is a bloody good guitar player.

    And really nice guys are completely useless as politicians and heads of government department feifdoms

  2. Rage Against the Machine, Green Day, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, The Clash… lots of awesome bands with a decent message (in some songs… others meh)

    • There's a few hundred lefty bands and artists here. Though the right do have Ted Nugent and Kid Rock 😉

      • Incognito 2.1.1

        Well, there’s always Kanye West who seems to have taken a liking to (being) POTUS.

      • gsays 2.1.2

        I had a quick geeze at the list of 'approved' bands. Fairly white and US/UK centric.

        I would like to Burning Spear, Fela Kuti and Michael Franti (Disposable Heroes of Hip Hop and Spearhead) to the list.

  3. Tiger Mountain 3

    The Clash, still the best. Play their records regularly–a fair test for which music you really like.

    As someone said in the fan quotes on later live offering ‘From here to Eternity’–“would have sold my Gran to see them play live”. Saw Joe and Mescaleros as some later compensation. I also like to think they would never have played Israel like other aging rockers that sell out. Hello, Chrissie Hynde, Iggy and Nick Cave and hundreds of others who slink off to Israel like a dog returning to a regurgitated dinner.

    Joe Strummer’s final performance as far as am aware was a Firefighters union benefit gig where he was joined by Mick Jones.

    Rock against Racism was great, but the poor old arts community to this day gets hammered for benefit gigs–not too many plumbers etc. seem to donate their labour to a good cause!

    • KJT 3.1

      Tiger Mountain. You think tradespeople and small businesses in general aren't constantly asked to donate or do cheap or free work for charity or their community?

      Many things in our community have been achieved by donated work by tradies. Including from me.

      • Tiger Mountain 3.1.1

        Good for you KJT. “good cause” is what my assertion stands on, to me that is left wing or urgent issue based–such as nuke free in the 80s and Climate Strike now.

        I have lived in provincial Far North communities for many years, and know that small businesses get hammered for this or that sports or related donation, or at least they did till big box retailing wiped many out.

        The service clubs put up park benches and various improvements, but steer clear of social activism. Not charging for services on occasion is all very well, but a lot of it should be done by local or central Govt. anyway.

  4. tc 4

    People are people….Clapton's never been a great human being IMO. George Harrison found out the hard way and he was the complete a’hole package on smack.

    Saw him in 2009, lacked any vibe and was going through the motions.

    • Tiger Mountain 4.1

      He appears to be a bit of a joyless bastard really, but I guess he is in the ranks of millions of post WWII pom kids with iffy upbringings and all the rest. Maybe he is singing the blues for real.

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