Ian Stuart Donaldson
Ian Stuart Donaldson
|Birth name||Ian Stuart Donaldson|
|Also known as||Ian Stuart|
|Born||11 August 1957|
Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, England
|Origin||Blackpool, Lancashire, England|
|Died||24 September 1993 (aged 36)|
|Genres||White power rock|
Rock Against Communism
|Occupation(s)||Musician, singer, songwriter|
|Instruments||Vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano|
|Associated acts||Skrewdriver, Stigger, Rough Justice, Tumbling Dice, The Klansmen, White Diamond|
Ian Stuart Donaldson (11 August 1957 – 24 September 1993), also known as Ian Stuart, was a white supremacy nationalist musician from Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire. He was best known as the front-man of Skrewdriver, an English Oi! band which, from 1982 onwards, he rebranded as a white power rock band. He raised money through white power concerts with his Blood and Honour network.
Life and career
Donaldson attended Baines School in Poulton, where he met Sean McKay, Phil Walmsley, and John Grinton. They formed the cover band Tumbling Dice, who played songs by The Rolling Stones and other bands. In 1975, they formed Skrewdriver, a band that gained a reputation for attracting violence at their concerts.
After the original Skrewdriver lineup disbanded in 1979, Donaldson formed a new lineup and began to write songs for a white power audience. The new version of Skrewdriver openly promoted far-right groups such as the National Front and raised funds for them (and affiliated organisations) through the White Noise Records label. Skrewdriver became known for its involvement in the White Nationalist movement and its associated music genre, Rock Against Communism. In 1987, Donaldson founded Blood and Honour, a neo-Nazi network that distributes white power music and organises concerts.
Donaldson also became leader of two other bands, the Klansmen (a rockabilly band) and White Diamond (a hard rock/heavy metal band), and he released several solo albums. Along with Skrewdriver guitarist Stigger (Stephen Calladine), he recorded the albums Patriotic Ballads volumes 1 and 2, which included covers of traditional folk songs such as "The Green Fields of France". Donaldson's voice also appeared in the song "The Invisible Empire" (whose title refers to the Ku Klux Klan) on the 1989 album See you in Valhalla by neo-Nazi rock band No Remorse.
On the night of 23 September 1993, Donaldson was in a car crash in Derbyshire that resulted in his death the following day, at the age of 36. A friend of the band died at the crash scene.
Ian Stuart & Rough Justice
- Justice for the Cottbus Six (1992) (Rock-O-Rama)
Ian Stuart & Stigger
- Patriotic Ballads (1991) (Rock-O-Rama)
- Patriotic Ballads II – Our Time Will Come (1992) (Rock-O-Rama)
- All Skrewed Up (1977) (Chiswick) (later re-issued as The Early Years w. extra tracks)
- Peel Session (1977) BBC Radio 1
- Back With a Bang (1982) (Rock-O-Rama)
- The Voice of Britain (1983) (Rock-O-Rama)
- Hail the New Dawn (1984) (Rock-O-Rama)
- Blood & Honour (1985) (Rock-O-Rama)
- White Rider (1987) (Rock-O-Rama)
- After the Fire (1988) (Rock-O-Rama)
- Warlord (1989) (Rock-O-Rama)
- The Strong Survive (1990) (Rock-O-Rama)
- Freedom What Freedom (1992) (Rock-O-Rama)
- Hail Victory (1994) (ISD Records)
- No Turning Back (1989) (Rock-O-Rama)
- Slay The Beast (1990) (Rock-O-Rama)
- Patriot (1991) (Rock-O-Rama)
- Fetch the Rope (LP, 1989 / Klan Records) (CD, 1991 / Rock-O-Rama Records)
- Rebel with a Cause (LP, 1990 / Klan Records) (CD, 1991 / Rock-O-Rama Records)
- Rock 'n' Roll Patriots (LP, 1991 / Klan Records) (CD. 1991 / Rock-O-Rama Records)
- Johnny Joined the Klan (1989 / Klan Records) (3 Songs from the "Fetch the Rope" LP)
- The Reaper (1991) (Rock-O-Rama)
- The Power & The Glory (1992) (Glory Discs)
- Lowles, Nick; Silver, Steve (13 November 1998). White Noise: Inside the International Nazi Skinhead Scene. Searchlight Magazine Ltd. ISBN 0-9522038-3-9.
- Pearce, Joe (13 November 1987). Skrewdriver The first ten years – The way it's got to be!. Skrewdriver Services.
- The soundtrack of neo-fascism, Patterns of Prejudice (2013)
- Mark Green "Ian Stuart Donaldson – Memories", PC Records (2007)
- Mark Green "Ian Stuart Donaldson – Rock 'n Roll Patriot", PC Records (2009)
- "Skrewdriver- A Fan's View". Punk77.co.uk. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
- Shaffer, Ryan (2013). "The soundtrack of neo-fascism: youth and music in the National Front". Patterns of Prejudice. 47 (4–5): 458–482. doi:10.1080/0031322X.2013.842289.
- "Ian Stuart Donaldson and a legacy of hate". Channel4.com. 24 September 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2014.
- 19/10/1977 - Skrewdriver