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Clash/Buzzcocks/X-Ray Spex – Rock Against Racism/Anti Nazi League 1978 Carnival Poster

A very rare poster advertising the April, 1978 London “CARNIVAL” sponsored by Rock Against Racism and the Anti-Nazi League. Wikipedia details this historic event:  “In spring 1978, 100,000 people marched six miles from (London’s) Trafalger Square to the East End of London (a National Front hotspot) for an open-air music festival at Victoria Park in Hackney organized by RAR and the Anti-Nazi League to counteract the growing wave of racist attacks in the UK. The concert featured The Clash, Buzzcocks, Steel Pulse, X-Ray Spex, The Ruts, Sham 69, Generation X and the Tom Robinson Band. The Southall based reggae band Misty In Roots led the march from the back of a lorry (truck) during the carnival, although they did not appear on the main stage.”

There were two posters for this event; the first listed the Tom Robinson Band and Steel Pulse and this one, the second (very similar in design) added X-Ray Spex (all of the other bands signed on afterward and didn’t appear on any posters.) The posters were printed on newsprint and machine folded; most were pasted up on walls, and few survived. This example is in mint condition, and measures 24 1/2″ x 36. Designed by the great David King.

Read more about this historic event at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_Against_Racism and
http://www.theguardian.com/music/2008/apr/20/popandrock.race

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