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Rock Against Communism

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Dutch RAC band Brigade M in 2009

Rock Against Communism (RAC) was the name of white power rock concerts in the United Kingdom in the late 1970s and early 1980s,[1] and has since become the catch-all term for music with racist lyrics as well as a specific genre of rock music derived from Oi!. The lyrics can focus on racism and antisemitism, though this depends on the band.[2]


The Rock Against Communism movement originated in the United Kingdom in late 1978 with far right activists associated with the National Front (NF).[3] It was intended to counter the Rock Against Racism organisation.[3] The first RAC concert was in Leeds, England in 1978, featuring the Nazi punk bands The Dentists and The Ventz.[citation needed] RAC held one concert in 1979 and another in spring 1983, which was headlined by Skrewdriver, a white power rock band led by Ian Stuart Donaldson. After that, RAC concerts were held more often. They were often headlined by Skrewdriver and featured other white power bands, such as Skullhead and No Remorse. In the mid-1980s, summer concerts were often held at the Suffolk home of Edgar Griffin, a Conservative Party activist[4] and father of Nick Griffin, an NF organiser who later became the national chair of the British National Party. By the late 1980s, the RAC name had given way to the White Noise Club (another NF-based group), and later Blood and Honour, which was set up by Donaldson when they fell out with the NF leadership.[3] As hardcore punk music became more popular in the 1990s and 2000s, many white power bands took on a more hardcore-influenced sound and effectively spawned its own offshoot known as "skinhead hardcore", many fans/performers of this music are known as hardcore skinheads.

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  1. ^ "RAC: A Visual Database of Extremist Symbols, Logos and Tattoos". ADL. Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Rock Against Communism". Anti-Defamation League. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c 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. S2CID 144461518.
  4. ^ Fraser, Douglas (2001-08-26). "The Bigotry that won't disappear; He claims that his BNP views are". The Sunday Herald.