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Figure I'd chime in here.
Skinhead subculture started in Jamaica and the British West Indies with sugarcane harvesters and dock workers forming a youth movement around Reggae music originally called the Rude Boys. The music gained traction and slowly became identified with Trojan Records. The subculture was imported with immigrants from there to the UK in the '60s, reaching a fever pitch in what many nostalgic skinheads call the Spirit of '69. The Rude Boys, combined with the emerging working class Hard Mod culture, forged the classic skinhead. Although predominantly white, the original skinheads were racially integrated with more than a fair showing of blacks in the group.
Then came Punk Rock. While many white skinheads enjoyed Punk, the scene was too closely associated with the middle and upper classes, so a new sound would emerge by working class Punks for working class Punks. Initially known as "Street Punk", that style of Skinhead Punk Rock would later be christened as "Oi!" thanks to a little magazine called The Sounds, edited by Garry Bushell. Mr. Bushell played an instrumental role marketing Punk Rock to skinheads through his magazine The Sounds almost equal in significance as Malcolm McLaren had with marketing The Sex Pistols to the globe. With bands like Angelic Upstarts and Sham 69 attracting throngs of dedicated fans, white skinheads started identifying with Punk subculture in greater numbers, gradually displacing Soul, Ska and Reggae.
For those more dedicated to the roots of skinhead subculture (ie: the Spirit of 69), Soul, Ska and Reggae would soon be blended with Punk Rock to form a style called 2 Tone Ska. Bands like Madness and The Specials would bring back the spirit of yore with the sound of new.
As this was all happening, Indians and laplanderstanis became a much stronger presence in UK. Contrary to the anti-racist narrative pitched by the image attached, xenophobia was prevalent among even black skinheads. Violence against South Asians, known as laplander bashing, became common. Add some Punk Rock nihilism with the decimation of the working class under Neoconservatism's growing influence in two of the major Anglo powers and you've got the perfect storm.
The watershed moment was an incident at a concert for The 4-Skins, The Business and The Last Resort (all unaffiliated with right-wing politics) in Southall during July of 1981. Two years earlier, police had killed Anti-Nazi League activist Blair Peach in a riot instigated by the demonstrators. Racial tensions were running at a fever pitch. Accounts conflict as to what happened (ie: who instigated it). The bands conceded the skinheads and South Asians weren't getting along, but maintain the the response was greatly out of proportion with the trouble the skinheads were causing them. On the other side, the South Asian locals claimed some of the skinhead concert goers assaulted women and elderly people, engaged in property destruction / vandalism / graffiti and daubed National Front logos and slogans on shop windows. In either case, the locals protested the gig on (wrongful) suspicion the bands were far-right and subsequently rioted, burning down the venue in the process. Following that incident, The 4-Skins recorded a song "One Law for Them":
Before Skrewdriver rose prominence, bands like Ovaltinees, Peter & the Wolf and Die Hards already gained traction as vehicles for the National Front's message. One year later, Ovaltinees would release what can be considered RAC's first publicly released recording, an EP called "British Justice." The "British Justice" EP predates all political releases by Skrewdriver, making it the first RAC record of all time. It must be the only thing ever that’s dedicated to both Adolf Hitler and Splodgenessabounds (alongside ‘all groupies’ and ‘Nigger & Chris’).
Here's a fascinating article about the Tilbury Trojan Skinheads, a group known for their affiliation with the band Angela Rippon's Bum as well as the staunchly xenophobic Anti-laplander League. Believe it or not, the Anti-laplander League had no formal ties to the National Front or British Movement. It was entirely grassroots xenophobia. Anyone who can tell me the original skinheads were anti-racist is lying. They may not have been Nazis, but they far from racially tolerant, especially to Indians/laplanderstanis:
BBC has an interesting, if a bit biased documentary worth watching: