Letter: Rock against racism

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The Independent Online
ACCORDING TO your patchy, hastily collated "The far right: guide to the groups who thrive on hate" (2 May), Blood and Honour is a "fan club" for devotees of heavy metal. I must inform you that Blood and Honour is a record label devoted to Oi! Music, a particularly brutal brand of skinhead punk consisting mainly of terrace-style chants. Certainly a long way removed from Iron Maiden and Motorhead.

I'm sure members of Pansy Division, a gay rock band, would be horrified to know you are associating them with a group that seeks to eradicate them, as would the numerous black, Asian and Jewish musicians under the rock umbrella.

In 12 years on the rock/punk scene I have never come across any neo-Nazi material or intolerant behaviour in the dozens of clubs and venues in London. Do not create scapegoats. After all, isn't that what the far right is infamous for?


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