Joe Strummer, Class War and the ‘Rock Against the Rich’ tour, 1988.

In 1988, Joe Strummer embarked on a tour across Britain called ‘Rock Against the Rich’.

The tour was endorsed and organised by the anarchist group, Class War. Ian Bone, former leading member of Class War, has published this on the history of the tour.

..”Remember, in the late ‘80s, rock had zero street credibility – hip hop and sound system bass ruled the streets of the inner cities. The music may have changed, but the politics of the street remained the same: Class conflict, with a varying intensity of class warfare, raged the length and breadth of Britain. Strummer recognised this, and saw in the Class War people he met, the passionate intensity that he lacked and needed. He tried to use the media’s fixation with Class War to re-launch his career with a radical edge. And to a degree it worked well for him…”

Amongst a collection of newspapers and journals that I recently obtained, I found a copy of Class War that featured Joe Strummer and the Rock Against the Rich tour.

A scan of the paper can be found here.

I also found this on YouTube which is a recording from the tour: https://www.youtube.com/embed/UqoKwtRCS9I?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

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Class War smash Qatari Royals and promote Protest Rights

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There’s something delicious about seeing very rich and powerful people take on a fight and then realise they’ve bitten off more than they can chew. They’re not used to it and sometimes seemingly small victories are the best we can hope for.

Last week Class War founder, Ian Bone, promoted globally on facebook the idea of redressing the balance on housing in London by occupying the Shard. There are multi million quid apartments in the building laying empty year and after year, meanwhile homelessness is on the rise and the vast majority of Grenfell survivors have still not been re-housed.

Before I go further I should say I’m part of Class War. My PhD research from the inside of the group has unearthed many examples of both the authorities and the media imagining that Class War just has to press a button somewhere and the unruly mob of thousands rises from the streets to literally devastate the avenues where the wealthy live. Class War are organising protests all the time and the size of a protest doesn’t really have an exact science behind it; some things take off and most things don’t. The vast majority of Class War events pass without any media interest. This means that when they do take off and large numbers attend a demo and boisterous things occur the police and others can look terribly inadequate so there has become a standard theme to policing Class War events: they send at least a van of cops along, hours in advance just in case, presumably with others on standby if they feel it necessary.

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UK Revolt to Kick Off?.. Demo June 20th

Growing revolt on UK streets – 20 June Demo – London

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A growing mood of angry defiance of the capitalist system has been in evidence on the streets of the UK in recent weeks.

The latest instance took place in Brighton on Saturday June 6, where a large anti-austerity protest in the city culminated in the storming of the former Barclays bank at Preston Circus. Continue reading “UK Revolt to Kick Off?.. Demo June 20th”

Class War in Rio. Huge Police and Army raid kills kids

Armed State Uniforms Wage Open War On Brazil’s Poor: Largest Favela Occupied, 2 Kids Killed, 37 Arrested En Mass

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Two kids, 13 and 16 of age, were killed when special troops of Military Police in Brazil (BOPE), ahead of the Army, invaded the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro on  tanks and helicopters, at 5:30, on March 30th.

37 kids were arrested en mass and held at gun point, when they protested the killing of their friends, throwing rocks at tanks and the armed police. It’s a new escalation of military violence against civilian population in Brazil.

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Brit Class System.. Baronet Young laughs at Homeless

THE HOMELESS – THE PEOPLE YOU FALL OVER WHEN YOU COME OUT OF THE OPERA’

NEW CHIEF WHIP THE BARONET AND OLD  ETONIAN SIR GEORGE YOUNG

He voted strongly against gay rights, strongly pro hunting and for the slaughter in Iraq, did an advert with jimmy Saville, and laughed as he described the homeless as what ”you step over when you come out of the opera”.

Who in their right mind votes for these smug leeches ? Very few one would imagine -but we have a country lorded over by the Oxbridge offspring of colonial arseholes, in a charade laughingly described as a democracy

http://ianbone.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/sir-george-young-poster/

 

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