In 1977, a teenager from Blackpool, England, set out to become a professional rock star. Ian Stuart Donaldson, the son of a businessman and a housewife, idolized the Rolling Stones. His high school band was called “Tumbling Dice” — after a song on the Stones’ tenth album. After the band members graduated, they renamed themselves Skrewdriver and moved to London to try to make it big.
At first, they were just a regular punk band. They played with Jamaican reggae groups. Their first album didn’t contain a single song about race or politics.