Paul-Louis BEAUJOUR “Ian Stuart, the voice of the anticommunist rock”, Éditions Déterna, Paris, 2020, pp.286.
This first French monograph on the singer of the English band Skrewdriver (written like that) was very good company for us for four days. Ian Stuart Donaldson was born in 1957 in Blackpool into a rather well-off family since his father was a small business owner. At 18, however, he abandoned his family and “managed to get hired in a bus interior fitting factory” (op.cit.page 18). After his first rock formations Warlock and Tumbling Dice, in 1980 he created his third group Manor Park Royals. In truth “it enhances its meager income thanks to unemployment benefits and rare figuration benefits” (op.cit.page 55). The same year he met Charlie Sargent, an activist of the British Movement, who was also the co-founder of Combat 18 in 1992 (the number 18 means AH, the initials of Adolf Hitler) and who also puts him in touch with the Young National Front, the Youth of the NF. The latter Sargent will be imprisoned in 1998 for the murder of another member of Combat 18 with the complicity of Martin Cross, former guitarist of Skrewdriver (between 1987-1988). “Ian Stuart announced to the press in July 1981 the formation of Skrewdriver under the official patronage of the National Front” (op.cit.page 59). It should also be mentioned that at that time one of the strong deputies of the NF was Derek Holland for whom we have already presented his book “Political Soldier” which appeared in English in 1984, three years after this press conference by Ian Stuart . In 1985 the 33 rpm album “Blood and Honor” was released with the homonymous track “Sang et Honneur” which also quotes Michael Kuhnen in its verses. “Michael Kuhnen was one of the best-known German neo-Nazi activists of the post-war period. He was convicted on multiple occasions for inciting racial hatred. Refugee in France in 1984 and finally extradited, he died of AIDS in 1991 “(op.cit. page 276). We had also presented in the past his work “National-Socialism and Homosexuality”. Sorry but I would also like to add that “great minds meet” since I had no idea before buying this book that Stuart is referring to him on this song.
The great merit of this work would be the fact that several songs are translated into French by the author himself. We had read their lyrics on Youtube a long time ago, but our poor knowledge of English did not allow us to deepen their meaning.
We know very well that we should not tell the end but we are only going to reveal to you a very relevant doubt of the author. Thursday September 23, 1993 Ian Stuart and his friend Stephen Flint are killed in a strange car accident. Beaujour wonders on page 266 “The Mossad? The MI5?”.
And in order to “honor our house” we are going to tell you that Ian Stuart’s bodyguard was named Nicky Crane (born Nicholas Vincenzo) and he was a declared homosexual. He painted the cover for the album “Hail the new dawn” in 1984 and died of AIDS in 1993 (the same year as Stuart). Nicky Crane (see the photo herewith) was also the central motif of the “Unclean” clip for Psychic TV (the second group of Genesis P-Orridge) directed in 1984 by Cerith Wyn Evans.
Since South Africa has become our passion, we will reproduce the lyrics of their song “Strikeforce” :
I want to to tell you about South Africa / And the co-cvalled fight for freedom / The much praised black resistance / And the communists who lead them / Not too fat away in Angola / Or nearer home in Zimbabwe / The marxist hacked dictators are / Looking south in fear tosee / Strikeforce, white survival / Strikeforce, we are gonna kill all rivals / Strikeforce, into the devil’s lair / Weil her neighboring regimes are enemies / Although were too blind to see that / They’re harboring the marxist murderers / Of the terrorist ANC / And the leaders of the west / Use sanctions and scream : “What about the human rights?” / But they don’t tell the truth, because they’re traitors too / What about the Whites that die?” (the above lyrics were reproduced on page 134, ibid)
Written by Dionysos ANDRONIS