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West Indian migration to the UK soared after the Second World War, and with it came a wealth of cultural influence. With people settling largely in London, the newcomers made an incredibly valuable contribution to the rebuilding of Britain’s post-war economy through their addition to the workforce, before a series of racist laws from the 60s to the 80s slowed immigration. The introduction of Reggae, Patois and the style and swagger of the Rude Boys formed a major repository of inspiration (and appropriation) for subcultures to come, including Skinheads and Ska fans.

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