It was a reaction against the National Front – the 1970s forerunner of today’s far right. Rock Against Racism concerts swept the country to a sound track of punk and reggae – bringing together Britons of all ethnic backgrounds.
Today in a world being forced again to reckon with racial injustice, a new documentary White Riot has scoured the archive to bring us an extraordinary insight into the movement.
We spoke to the director of White Riot, Rubika Shah and the former member of Steel Pulse who played at Rock against Racism – Mykaell Riley.
We began by asking him about the overwhelmingly white crowd at Rock Against Racism.