Well this was a surprise. UKers are probably aware of this from back in the day when it was released, but I’d not seen it on Oz TV. The only reason I watched it was because it was Don Letts and I had enjoyed his ‘Punk’ doco so much. I have to admit, my knowledge of skinhead history was down around the Daily Mail/Express front-page level of ignorance and mis-informed garbage.
It doesn’t help that ‘skinhead’ is now synonymous with ‘fascist’, ‘racist’ and ‘thug’, particularly in other countries.
I think I’ll show it to my kids, mainly because the period footage from the early 70s is absolutely how I remember the UK as it was before I left in the 80s (pre-Cool Britannia), and it was why I left. Things might have been better elsewhere around the country at that time, and certainly things have improved since then (but not everywhere), but jeez it was bad.
And it was amazing to find out Gary Bushell wasn’t quite as big a tool as I had thought (he’s still a fairly substantial tool though).