The LMHR group have teamed up with the Sheffield based Junglist Alliance, promoters of the jungle-based Bass Bar Thursday night at DQ-The Late Bar on November 2nd for a night of chat, film and bass driven music.
Jerry Dammers, although once a Sheffield resident, (between the ages of 2 and 10), puts in a very rare appearance. Jerry in case you missed out on the guy before was the man who founded the Specials, whose first single, ‘Gangsters’ released in 1979 helped launch the whole Britsh ska scene as well as hitting the charts at the number 6 position. The single went out on the brand new 2Tone label, backed by ‘The Selector’ by The Selector and distributed by Rough Trade.
‘Gangsters’ was based on ‘Al Capone’ released by Prince Buster in 1964 and this choice of material; the make up of the band; alongside the name ‘2Tone’ with its black and white chequered graphic and rude boy logo based on Peter Tosh (the Wailers) was more than a gimmick; it showed a strong commitment to respect for black British and Jamaican culture and unity, in the face of the growing racism of the times.
Jerry signed up The Selector, Madness ,The Beat and The Bodysnatchers, amongst others to 2Tone, making it one of the most influential labels in British pop music. In addition to his continuing success with the Specials, including writing the anthemic ‘Free Nelson Mandela’, Jerry played a big part in promoting Rock Against Movement, and helped organise Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Tribute which was broadcast worldwide from Wembley Stadium in 1988.
Rock Against Racism was a broad-based political movement which united black and white musicians with the high energy of the punk, ska and reggae music of the times to put out a positive and strong message of unity and played a key role in stemming the rising influence of the nazi National Front and British National Party in Thatcher’s Britain.
Rock Against Racism is the link with the new Love Music Hate Racism movement with which it shares similar objectives and to kick off the evening on November 2nd. Jerry will be introducing the screening of Alan Miles’ documentary ‘Who shot the sheriff’ charting the story of one of the most exciting mass movements in British history. The film which tracks the rise of fascism in the 1970s and its successful overthrow, largely achieved through Rock Against Racism features rarely seen archive footage of The Clash, The Specials, Steel Pulse, X-Ray Spex, Sham 69 and Misty and Roots. At the same time it charts the new Love Music Hate Racism movement with footage of Ms Dynamite, The Libertines, Babyshambles, Hard-Fi, Estelle and Billy Bragg.
Later on in the evening (around 11.30) after the Junglist Alliance DJs set the music rolling Jerry Dammers will be playing an exclusive DJ set featuring ska, reggae, dub, dubstep and more bass friendly music before the Junglists take over again to see the night out..
For more info: Sheffield Love Music Hate Racism Group 07986368897 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Date: Thursday Nov 2nd
Venue: DQ-The Late Bar, Fitzwilliam St
Event: Bass Bar featuring the Junglist Alliance and special guest Jerry Dammers
and screening the film ‘Who Shot The Sheriff’
Time: Intro and film 8.00 pm then on till 3.00 am
Entry: £3 on the door