Sid, Nancy and Jerry Nolan NYC
Sid, Nancy and Jerry Nolan NYC
Sid Vicious at Waterlooplein Markt, Amsterdam, December 1977 Photo by Peter Mazel
The Clash onstage with Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols and Jimmy Pursey from Sham 69 at the Music Machine, London, 1978
PHOTO: Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols) and Joan Jett
PHOTO: Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols) and Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead)
YOUNG PUNKS: UNSEEN PHOTOS OF THE SEX PISTOLS
On 3 April 1976, a young art student called PT Madden positioned himself in front of a deserted stage at the Nashville, a music pub in London’s West Kensington. The place was nearly empty: as he remembers, “There was no audience apart from about 20 rocker types at the bar.” Moving aside the tables in the audience area, he braced himself against the back of a chair to create an ad hoc tripod, aimed his camera at the stage and waited for the object of his obsession.
Of the two rolls, only 26 photos remain: the first roll was destroyed during the developing process. The shots are simple, basic, without filters; the group are presented in black and white, against a flat background – a simple curtain. There are no flashing lights, no stage design, nothing but amplifier and small speakers, clothes left hurriedly on the floor.
SWEARING – SEX PISTOLS INTERVIEW – TODAY SHOW – THAMES TV 1976
One of Thames Televisions most controversial moments, the infamous Sex Pistols interview that appeared on the ‘Today’ programme — first transmitted 01/12/1976 — John Lydon Aka Johnny Rotten and Steve Jones’ four letter outbursts made front page headlines and national outrage. These outbursts propelled the band to stardom, making them household names.
PHOTO: YOUNG PUNKS: UNSEEN PHOTOS OF THE SEX PISTOLS
Negatives of unseen early shots of The Sex Pistols, still an unknown band at the time, playing the Nashville in London, on 3 April 1976, in front of an audience of about 20 rocker types.
PT Madden, who took the shots as a young art student, had been so impressed with their previous live performances in 1975 and 1976, that he sensed he was witnessing history being made.
Those Pistols photos remained hidden under his bed and unseen for the ensuing decades and will be exhibited in London as one artwork, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Nashville show, from 15 April.
PHOTO: The Sex Pistols playing in Copenhagen in July 1977
Happy Birthday Punk: the British Library celebrates 40 years of anarchy and innovation.
To mark the movement’s anniversary, the library is unpacking its punk archive. The show’s curator talks us through some of the highlights.
‘Punk is not an easy thing to define,” says Andy Linehan, curator of popular music at the British Library. “As with any type of music, people will say, ‘That’s punk’, ‘No, that’s punk’. Some say punk died in a specific year, others say punk lives.”
For the exhibition he’s staging, to mark the 40th anniversary of the movement, Linehan has decided to limit his focus to the explosive period between 1976 and 78 when punk first gatecrashed the public consciousness. “We’re looking at the initial burst,” he says, “and the impact it had – punk’s legacy.”
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