The Rhythm of Action: Rock Against Racism

Mark Sealy MBE, Director of Autograph ABP, Syd Shelton and Professor Carol Tulloch are collaborating on a book about the Rock Against Racism (RAR) Movement, 1976-1981, when black and white people came together through gigs, demonstrations and carnivals, graphic design and personal styles to address the escalating rise of racism in Britain. Shelton, as a committee member of RAR (London), photographed many of its events and the contextual narratives that informed RAR. Shelton was also one of the graphic designers of the movement. His work during this period is the basis of the book that will be published by Autograph ABP.

In this discussion Shelton, Sealy and Tulloch will consider the processes they have engaged in to document a particular moment of activism that has lead to their collaboration. This discussion is hosted by TrAIN Research Centre.

The publication of the book follows the 2008 exhibition, A Riot of Our Own, originally shown at Chelsea SPACE, which was an archival narrative on the RAR movement. It was told through the personal archive of Ruth Gregory and Syd Shelton, both RAR (London) committee members.

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