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Ian Stuart Donaldson (11 August 1957 – 24 September 1993) was the vocalist and frontman of Skrewdriver, a Britishmarker punk rock band that later became a white power rock band. He was born in Lancashiremarker, Englandmarker and raised in Poulton-le-Fyldemarker. He died on 24 September 1993 of injuries resulting from a car crash the night before in Derbyshiremarker.


Ian Stuart Donaldson attended Baines School in Poulton, where he met Sean McKay, Phil Walmsley, and John Grinton. After they graduated, they formed the cover band Tumbling Dice, who played songs by The Rolling Stones, Free and The Who. They formed the band Skrewdriver in 1976.

At first Skrewdriver had a punk image, but eventually they adopted a skinhead look. They then gained a reputation for attracting violence at their concerts (Bob Geldof was reportedly left unconscious at one Skrewdriver concert), but they did not openly promote any far right political views. Although both Skrewdriver and the band Sham 69 had skinhead followings and racist fans early in their careers, Sham 69 denounced racism and performed at Rock Against Racism concerts.

After the original Skrewdriver lineup parted ways in 1979, Donaldson reformed the band and began to write songs for a white power skinhead audience. The new version of Skrewdriver openly promoted far right groups such as the National Front and Combat 18, raising funds for them (and affiliated organizations) through the White Noise Records label. As a result, Skrewdriver became known for its involvement in the white nationalist movement and its associated music genre, Rock Against Communism. Donaldson, along with Nicky Crane, founded Blood and Honour, a neo-Nazi network that distributes white power music and organizes concerts.

Donaldson became leader of two other bands, The Klansmen (a rockabilly band) and White Diamond, and he released several solo albums. Along with Skrewdriver guitarist Stigger, he recorded the albums Patriotic Ballads volumes 1 and 2, which included covers of traditional folk songs such as "The Green Fields of France". Donaldson's voice also appeared in the song "The Invisible Empire" (whose title refers to the Ku Klux Klan) on the 1989 album See you in Valhalla by neo-Nazi rock band No Remorse.

Donaldson was one of the principal organisers of a white power concert near Waterloo stationmarker in Londonmarker in 1992. Anti-Fascist Action organized a protest, which resulted in physical confrontations. On 10 July 1993, Stuart and Skrewdriver played their final concert in Waiblingenmarker, Germanymarker. The programme, Second anniversary of the Kreuzritter für Deutschland, was organized by freelance writer and white nationalist book author Andreas J. Voigt, who leads the semi-secret society Deutschherrenklub.


Ian Stuart & Rough Justice

  • Justice For The Cottbus Six (1992) (Rock-O-Rama)

Ian Stuart & Stigger

  • Patriotic Ballads (1991) (Rock-O-Rama)
  • Patriotic Ballads II - Our Time Will Come (1992) (Rock-O-Rama)


Solo Albums

  • No Turning Back (1989) (Rock-O-Rama)
  • Slay The Beast (1990) (Rock-O-Rama)
  • Patriot (1991) (Rock-O-Rama)

The Klansmen

  • Rebel with a Cause (1989) (Klan Records)
  • Rock 'n' Roll Patriots (1989) (Rock-O-Rama)
  • Fetch the Rope (1991) (Klan Records)

White Diamond

  • The Reaper (1991) (Rock-O-Rama)
  • The Power & The Glory (1992) (Glory Discs)

Further reading

See also


  3. Punk and the swastika
  4. It Woz AFA Wot Done It!
  5. Diamond in the Dust - The Ian Stuart Biography
  6. Antifaschistisches Infoblatt Ausgabe Nr.49 (October-November, 1999)
  7. first chairman of the Deutschherrenklub is Andreas J. Voigt, 2009
  8. BBC - Radio 1 - Keeping It Peel - 19_10_1977 Skrewdriver

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