The AV Club, September 28, 2011
Punk and race have had a long and tetchy relationship, what with some of punk’s skinhead outliers dealing in shock-value fascism since the ’70s. But while white-power wackos the National Front corralled East London kids into a safety-pinned Hitler Youth and Siouxsie and Sid flashed their sensibility-shredding swastikas, The Clash headlined the Rock Against Racism concert and Afro-punk bands Death, Pure Hell, and others challenged the image of the skinhead. The recently releasedWhite Riot anthology looks unflinchingly at this sometimes uncomfortable history, charting how punk aesthetics have been deployed by both racists and members of all races. Anarchist collective Wooden Shoe Books stirs up further havoc and thought, hosting a related discussion about bigotry, equality, and music—a rebel yell against racism in book-club form.
Wooden Shoe Books, Friday, October 7, 7pm.