Punk & Reggae & Ruts DC – hipflask

Punk & Reggae & Ruts DC




Here’s a little story about rebels with a cause.

The UK in the late 70’s was a time of social dynamics, right off the bat from the experimental era that saw expanded ideas forming among a wider audience, came the emergence of musical collaborations previously unheard of.

One of these was the relationship between both the punk-rock and reggae scenes.

Reggae inspired band The Ruts were formed on 18 August 1977 and consisted of singer Malcolm Owen, guitarist Paul Fox, bass player John “Segs” Jennings and drummer Dave Ruffy. The Ruts were active in anti-racist causes as part of the Misty in Roots People Unite collective based in Southall, West London and playing several benefits for Rock Against Racism.

Their reggae-based song Jah War told how Misty manager Clarence Baker was knocked to the ground by the police’s Special Patrol Group during anti-National Front protests in 1979 that saw a schoolteacher, Blair Peach, die as a result of police brutality. It captures the growing sense of unrest and discontent in regard to such events, asthe fact that music could fuel change began to become common knowledge.

The reggae scene, along with the punk rock scene became increasingly vocal in this era over their first hand experiences of this state of injustice, being united by their shared sense of angst driven music creation, making them the ‘hero’s of the marginalised.’

You only have to look as far as the collaboration history of Bob Marley’s ‘Punky Reggae Party,’ but man does it pay off to delve further into this chunk of history – i’ll start you off with links here, here and here.

Now for the best part, The Ruts are playing The Rosemount Hotel this Thursday night.

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