The CLASH – ” White Riot “

Posted: May 30, 2021 in MUSIC

It was just last month when we learned of the imminent arrival of award-winning documentary “White Riot”, debuting in the virtual cinema, which supports independent theaters during the pandemic. The movie chronicles the rise of the Rock Against Racism movement that spread across the U.K. in the late 1970s as a response to right-wing advances in federal government.

White Riot won the prize for Best Documentary at the 2019 London Film Festival, and features new interviews with Clash drummer Topper Headon, Pauline Black of The Selecter, reggae producer Dennis Bovell, and more.

With the doc’s release date a week away, Film Movement has shared an electrifying new clip from the movie. In the scene, The Clash blaze through their song “White Riot,” taken from the group’s 1977 self-titled debut. The performance was part of a massive Rock Against Racism festival that happened in London’s Victoria Park. 

With the National Front gaining power, what started a fanzine established in opposition to that party turned into a sweeping movement known as Rock Against Racism. “We peeled away the Union Jack to reveal the swastika,” explained co-founded Red Saunders in a press statement for White Riot, a new documentary that chronicles the RAR movement, which culminated in a massive 1978 concert and “anti-fascist carnival” featuring X-Ray Spex, Steel Pulse, and The Clash.

White Riot won the prize for Best Documentary at the 2019 London Film Festival.

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