Good afternoon and a happy Sunday to you, low clouds and a gloomy tone here today which satiates any homesickness I might be feeling. It helps that it’s 19c as well.
A little bit of housekeeping today, first of all I wanted to thank everyone who entered the ‘Let Fury Have The Hour’ poster competition last week, I’ll be using the random mumber generator tonight to pick the winning names and sending emails to those selected tonight/tomorrow to get your delivery address. I hope we’ll have more giveaways via the blog in the months ahead. Also thanks for your continued support of the blog, we’ve now reached 7,000 people on our facebook page which simply amazes me and visits to the site(s) is running at 11% ahead of last year so I do appreciate you spreading the word. Finally a reminder to check out the Kosmo Vinyl interview with Danny Baker on BBC Radio 5 yesterday in case you missed it on the sister site yesterday all the details are right there.
Right, let’s press on then and I wanted to alert you (especially if you’re in London or the southeast) about a very special event coming up towards the end of the month that will celebrate the 35th anniversary of one of the most important events in the history of The Clash. That event was to my mind as important to music in general and positive protest via the medium specifically as any other event to come out of the punk scene in the UK. Faced with the largest audience the band had ever performed in front of I am of course referring back to the April 1978 Rock Against Racism march and concert in Victoria Park, Hackney (NE London). Estimates on the day were that some 100,000 people attended the concert following the march from Trafalgar Square and perhaps beyond anything else that year (or even in 1977) this was the single event that saw The Clash rise to the level of the band of the moment. Age prevented me from being there or indeed being aware of it at the time but I’d put this down as the one Clash performance that I would most like to have been present for in terms of the significance. Everyone that I’ve ever spoken to who was there that day says that this was a key moment in their life, which I put down to the intent of the event as much as the performers on the stage.
In my humble opinion the fight against racism continues today and it’s nice to see the organisation somewhat active once more, in fact I’d like to see a large annual concert held in similar surrounds in London and not structured to price out the average 17 year old music fan/activist. Even Rock Against Cameron has a nice ring to it come to think of it.
In honour of the 35th anniversary of the historic day this April 27th sees a special night in conjunction with RAR at the slightly smaller setting of the Bread & Roses, 68 Clapham Manor St, London SW4 (nearest tube Clapham North, rail Clapham High St). That evening at 7:30pm sees four bands headlined by 48 Thrills who will feature a Clash heavy set of songs and guesting on vocals will be Steve North (Meeting Joe Strummer). Also performing will be Leeson O’Keefe, Sound System and Comrade X in addition to showing clips from the RAR movie. I’m sure it will be a very Clash influenced evening so I hope some of you will be able to make it along. I’ll share additional information as I receive it, on a related note I’m not sure what the current status of Love Music Hate Racism is as the website hasn’t been updated since last Autumn, if anyone knows let me know.
Right then, that’s your lot for now – yet again I have to head into the tall grass and mow it.