Nicola Vincenzo Crane was born on 21 May 1958 in a semi-detached house on a leafy street in Bexley, south-east London.
Its members had developed a reputation for violence, starting fights and disrupting gigs by bands such as Sham 69 and Bad Manners. In May 1978, following a BM meeting, he took part in an assault on a black family at a bus stop in Bishopsgate, east London, using broken bottles and shouting racist slogans. All this may have horrified most people, but it made Crane a hugely respected and admired figure across the far right.He was neither an orator nor a conversationalist. At the same time, groups like the Anti-Nazi League (ANL) and, later, Anti-Fascist Action (AFA) were becoming more and more confrontational."The opposition were very, very combative," Pearce says.
In 1981, the journalist Garry Bushell helped put together a compilation album of tracks by bands from the burgeoning Oi! It was only when the image was blown up to 12in cover size, Bushell says, that he noticed Crane's Nazi tattoos. On the surface, the idea of a gay man embracing neo-Nazism might appear baffling and self-defeating.
On Sunday 10 June 1984, Greater London Council leader Ken Livingstone held a free open-air concert to protest against unemployment and government spending cuts. The anti-fascist magazine Searchlight was, despite its political leanings, required reading for activists on the extreme right.
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This particular "unit" had already acquired a reputation for brutal racist violence thanks to its charismatic young local organiser.


His room looked out across London's gay village - the bars and nightclubs where he worked as a doorman, where he drank and danced. One of 10 siblings, he grew up in nearby Crayford, Kent.As his name suggests, he had an unlikely background for a British nationalist and Aryan warrior.
Each featured the letters L and G on either side of a Celtic cross, the British Movement's answer to the swastika. An Old Bailey judge described Crane as "worse than an animal".The following year he led a mob of 200 skinheads in an attack on Asians in nearby Brick Lane.
Faced with the choice of airbrushing out his markings or pulling the release, the writer chose the former option."It was a monumentally, cataclysmically stupid decision," he says. Just as Adolf Hitler's regime had thrown gays and lesbians into death camps, the neo-Nazi movement remained staunchly homophobic.
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Many victims had learned to fear the sight of his 6ft 2in frame, which was adorned with Nazi tattoos. Crane dutifully had his inked on to his flesh alongside various racist slogans.By now working as a binman and living in Plumstead, Crane quickly acquired a reputation, even among the ranks of the far right, for exceptionally brutal violence. Crane later told a newspaper how "we rampaged down the Lane turning over stalls, kicking and punching Pakistanis".The Woolwich Odeon attack of 1980 was described by a prosecutor at the Old Bailey as a "serious, organised and premeditated riot". A garrulous character, he was universally known by his full title of John G Byrne.Since 1969, when he discovered reggae music as a 13-year-old, Byrne had been a skinhead. She also records that a well-known far-right youth organiser was thrown out of the same pub after taking off his jacket to reveal swastika tattoos.A huge row erupted the following year at the London Lesbian and Gay Centre in King's Cross when a gay skinhead night was held at the venue.
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The Scottish pop star, now aged 53, has admitted living a secret gay life for the past 30 yearsA  -A  one which he even kept hidden from his Japanese wife. His name was Nicky Crane.But as he led the ambush, Crane was concealing a secret from his enemies and his fascist comrades alike. His father worked as a structural draughtsman.But from an early age Crane found a surrogate family in the south-east London skinhead scene. After their intended victims fled inside, the skinheads drilled by Crane began smashing the cinema's doors and windows, the court was told. He was friendly," says Joseph Pearce, who was leader of the Young National Front during the early 1980s before turning his back on extremist politics."He was not the most articulate of people.
As he looked across the dancefloor, he caught sight of a man he'd never seen before.The stranger was tall, shaven-headed and tattooed. Its politics were fairly broad - while there were right-wingers within its ranks, some of its most prominent acts, including the Angelic Upstarts, were avowed socialists.
Around 100 fascists began setting about the audience closest to the main stage."They were organised, they were used to violence, the audience wasn't," says Gary, an anti-fascist activist who was present that day and asked to be identified only by his first name.
The geek mind wants to know of course also what the latest discoveries in science are and the latest technology news. The date was 28 March 1980.Soon they reached their target - a queue of mostly black filmgoers outside the Odeon cinema in Woolwich, south-east London. A Pakistani man was knocked unconscious in the melee and the windows of a nearby pub were shattered with a pickaxe handle.In 1981 Crane was jailed for his part in an ambush on black youths at Woolwich Arsenal station.
Others, such as the 4-Skins, condemned political extremism of all kinds.That was to count for little after Bushell, desperate for a cover image after a photoshoot fell through, seized on a Christmas card which he says he believed showed a scene from the film The Wanderers. According to Bushell, who had only recently left the Socialist Workers Party and still regarded himself at the time as a left-winger, the story was a "tissue of lies". He escaped the furious crowd by using a female left-wing activist as a human shield, according to witnesses.As the violence subsided, anti-fascists confronted another skinhead in the crowd.
Lee said that he was one of the biggest movie stars back then and there were rumors circulating that Rock Hudson was actually gay.Lee thought to himself that he was going to get an eye on him.


I think it will give me the opportunity to blossom a little bit.a€?If youa€™ve got a secret and youa€™re a rotten lying b*****d you always have to be careful of your lies. As the judge handed down a four-year sentence, an acolyte standing alongside Crane stiffened his arm into a Nazi salute and shouted "sieg heil" from the dock.Crane's three jail terms failed to temper his violence.
It was difficult to have anything but the most superficial conversation with him."In the aftermath of a violent march through racially mixed Lewisham in 1977, much of the UK's extreme right had concluded the path to power lay in controlling the streets and destabilising the multicultural society rather than through the ballot box.
It read "Nicky Crane", in tribute to the young man's hero.Given the carnage Crane had just instigated, the left-wingers had little sympathy for his admirer.
Lee Garlington pretended that he was reading the Variety paper.Lee said that he walked out and down the street.
A six-month sentence following a fracas on a London Tube train was served entirely at the top-security Isle of Wight prison - a sign of just how dangerous he was regarded by the authorities. But now he was becoming a regular at places like Heaven."I just used to chat to him," Byrne adds. Others found that, in an era when all gay men were widely assumed to be camp and effeminate, "you were less likely to get picked on if you looked like a queer-basher". Lee broke up with his boyfriend and then suddenly one day he got a call from one of Rock Hudson’s friends.His friend said that Rock Hudson wanted to meet him.
There were also "fetish skins", attracted to the "hyper-masculinity" of the subculture.Against this backdrop, even the swastikas and racist slogans inked on Crane's body could be explained away, at least initially. As clashes between police and striking miners becoming increasingly bitter, football hooligans across the country were fighting it out with unprecedented ferocity. During the 1980s, says Healy, "gay Nazis were assumed to be left-wing even if they had Nazi tattoos"."People refused to read these tattoos politically.
Although the album was withdrawn from sale, reproductions of its cover adorned thousands of bedroom walls."He was literally a poster boy," says Watson, who at the time was a teenage skin in Buckinghamshire.
The formation of AFA in 1985 resulted in increasingly bloody stand-offs between anti-fascists and the far right.Several years later, Crane told the Sun newspaper about an attack on a Jewish Remembrance Day ceremony for which he also appears to have escaped arrest.
The main reason was because he was such a big movie star and the fact that he was very big in size.Rock Hudson was 6’4’’. Lee Garlington said that nothing happened on the first meeting but they decided that they were going to start dating.
People thought he was just playing a part."And indeed it wasn't just gay skins who flirted with the iconography of fascism. Lee said that he would come over after work and then spend the night over at Rock Hudson’s place and then he would leave the next morning.Lee used to sneak out of Rock Hudson’s house at 6am in his Chevy Nova. While "redskins" and "Sharps" - an acronym for Skinheads Against Racial Prejudice - confronted those with links to the far right, many heterosexual skinheads who were apolitical also adopted fascist garb, says Byrne."A lot of skinheads that weren't right-wing used to wear Skrewdriver T-shirts," Byrne adds.
He said that he used to coast down the street without turning on the engine of his car so that the neighbors wouldn’t hear him.Lee believed that they both were being very careful and clever. It must have been a miracle."After the BM collapsed in 1983, Crane had become something of a free agent. His decision to start frequenting venues such as Heaven wasn't the only thing that had changed since before his sentence. During the years 1981 to 1984, which he mostly spent incarcerated, his fame had grown far beyond the narrow confines of the far right. These included the NF - now split into two warring factions - and the British National Party, formed in 1982 by John Tyndall, which had begun to attract a significant football hooligan following. In 1982, however, singer Ian Stuart Donaldson came out as a supporter of the National Front. With song titles like Europe Awake and Flying the Flag, the group gained a huge following among far-right skinheads.



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