Thomas Blower | Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival, 1978
Thomas Blower is a documentary photographer from Manchester, UK. Thomas captured inner city Manchester in the 1970s-80s and still continues to document the changing face of the city today.

The Northern Carnival featured performances from X-O-Dus (Who later signed to Factory Records), Buzzcocks, China Street and Steel Pulse. Prior to the bands performing in excess of 15,000 people marched from Strangeways Prison (where it was believed the National Front had infiltrated the staff) to Alexandra Park. During the march a number of reggae, punk and steel bands played on the back of lorries creating the carnival atmosphere that would spill into the park later in the afternoon.
Strangeways Manchester Anti Nazi March
Police line up by Strangeways Prison ahead of the march to Alexandra Park.

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Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival. Alexandra Park, Manchester, 1978.
Punk Girl.

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Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival. Alexandra Park, Manchester, 1978.
Photo © Thomas Blower/British Culture Archive.
Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival. Alexandra Park, Manchester, 1978.
Photo © Thomas Blower/British Culture Archive.
Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival. Alexandra Park, Manchester, 1978.
Photo © Thomas Blower/British Culture Archive.
Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival. Alexandra Park, Manchester, 1978.
Photo © Thomas Blower/British Culture Archive.
Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival. Alexandra Park, Manchester, 1978.
Photo © Thomas Blower/British Culture Archive.
Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival. Alexandra Park, Manchester, 1978.
Photo © Thomas Blower/British Culture Archive.
Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival. Alexandra Park, Manchester, 1978.
Punk Girl.

Photo © Thomas Blower/British Culture Archive.
Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival. Alexandra Park, Manchester, 1978.
Photo © Thomas Blower/British Culture Archive.
Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival. Alexandra Park, Manchester, 1978.
Photo © Thomas Blower/British Culture Archive.
Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival. Alexandra Park, Manchester, 1978.
Photo © Thomas Blower/British Culture Archive.
Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival. Alexandra Park, Manchester, 1978.
Photo © Thomas Blower/British Culture Archive.
Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival. Alexandra Park, Manchester, 1978.
Photo © Thomas Blower/British Culture Archive.
Rock Against Racism Northern Carnival. Alexandra Park, Manchester, 1978.
Photo © Thomas Blower/British Culture Archive.

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