‘WHITE RIOT’ – Debut Single by THE CLASH Released 42 Years Ago Today…

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18 March 2019

‘White Riot’ by THE CLASH

On 18 March 1977, forty-two years ago today, legendary gang THE CLASH released their debut single WHITE RIOT. An angry and timeless punk anthem. This dynamite outburst was inspired by riots in August 1976 in London’s Notting Hill Gate area involving Jamaican residents and the police after continuous tensions due to racist policing. Joe Strummer
and Paul Simonon were present that day and participated in the fights, sympathizing with the black locals’ cause. With ‘White Riot‘ the late, great Strummer wanted to encourage also white people who felt abused and oppressed by the government to come out and protest. ‘White Riot‘ only reached #38 at the time it came out but got his classic status over the following years. B-side: ‘1977’. Time to, scream out loud, folks…

White riot – I want to riot
White riot – a riot of my own
White riot – I want to riot
White riot – a riot of my own

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