Politics isn't party broadcasts and general elections, it's yer kid sister who can't get an abortion, yer best mate getting paki-bashed, or sent down for possessing one joint of marijuana, the GLC deciding which bands we can't see... it's everyday life for rock fans, for everyone who hasn't go a cushy job or rich parents.
I got no illusions about the political Left any more than the Right: just a shrewd idea which of the two sides is gonna stomp on us first. All of us - you, me, rock'n'rollers, punks, jobless, immigrants, travellers... to stand aside is to take sides. If music can ease even a tiny fraction of the prejudice and intolerance in this world, then it's worth trying.
I don't call that "unneccessary overtones of violence". I call it standing up for your rights. and if we fail, if we all get swallowed up by big biznis before we achieve a thing, then we'll havta face the scorn of tomorrow's generation. but we're gonna have a good try. Fancy joining us ?
Tom Robinson in New Musical Express, 1977
Rock Against Racism
1977-82: a campaign supported by
fans and musicians alike including TRB. "We want rebel
music, street music. Music that breaks down people's fear of
one another. Crisis music. Now music. Music that knows who
the real enemy is."