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The Sex Pistols

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, '1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', 1977

THE RECORD INDUSTRY is waking up. In October there were rumours about huge deals on the horizon, and Polydor look set to be the first ...

The Sex Pistols: Kiss This

Review by Mat Snow, Q, November 1992

NEARLY 15 YEARS after John Lydon quit the Sex Pistols, effectively ending them bar a few final pranks, his subsequent band, PiL, find themselves no ...

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Sex Pistol Glen Matlock (2005)

Interview by Nina Antonia, Rock's Backpages Audio, January 2005

From shop boy to Sex Pistol: the Pistols' key songwriter talks about the genesis of the band, the role of McLaren, goin' down the Roxy and the 100 Club Punk Festival

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 42.3meg, total interview length: 46' 08" sound quality: **

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The Sex Pistols are four months old...

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, April 1976

THE SEX PISTOLS are four months old, so tuned in to the present that it's hard to find a place to play. Yet they already ...

The Sex Pistols: 100 Club, London

Live Review by Greg Shaw, Phonograph Record, June 1976

London, the trend center of last decade’s mod rebellion, has been running a poor second, if not third, this time around. ...

Sex Pistols/Buzzcocks/Slaughter and the Dogs: Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, July 1976

ABOVE MANCHESTER'S Free Trade Hall is a little known auditorium, capable of holding some 400, cunningly named the Lesser Hall. Until the Sex Pistols discovered ...

Punk Rock: Rebels Against the System

Report and Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, August 1976

JOHNNY ROTTEN looks bored. The emphasis is on the word "looks" rather than, as Johnny would have you believe, the word "bored". His clothes, held ...

The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Buzzcocks: Screen On The Green, Islington, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, September 1976

Our Islington correspondent mingles with the Sex Pistols' portable audience looking for Johnny Rotten's toof. It's incisive stuff… ...

The Sex Pistols: Club De Chalet Du Lac, Paris

Live Review by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, September 1976

PARIS: The Sex Pistols believed the myth that it all happens in Paris. The fans who drove over specially to see the band's first appearance ...

Parade Of The Punks

Report by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, October 1976

THE 600-STRONG line, which last Monday straggled across two blocks outside London's 100 Club in Oxford Street, waiting for the Punk Rock Festival to start, ...

The Sex Pistols, The Clash et al: Punk Rock Festival, 100 Club, London

Live Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, October 1976

High dummy count flunks punks ...

The (?) Rock Special (#2): The Audience

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

"I didn't even know the Summer of Love was happening. I was too busy playing with my Action Man."— Sid Vicious ...

The (?) Rock Special (#3): Sex Pistols

Report and Interview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

John Rotten (vocals), Steve Jones (guitar), Glen Matlock (bass), Paul Cook (drums). ...

Welcome To The (?) Rock Special (#1): In Love With The Modern World

Overview by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, October 1976

Johnny Rotten, the Clash, the Damned and a committed cast of hundreds of new music makers give the finger to the old farts ...

Malcolm McLaren: Meet The Colonel Tom Parker of the Blank Generation

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, November 1976

MEET MALCOLM McLAREN. He runs a shop called "SEX". He manages a group called THE SEX PISTOLS. He sincerely believes that he and his band ...

Sex Pistols: Rotten To The Core

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, November 1976

"I had absolutely no interest in singing. I was more interested in being obnoxious." ...

Sex Pistols: The Anarchic Rock of the Young and Doleful

Profile by Steve Turner, Guardian, The, December 1976

And then there was punk. Tonight the Sex Pistols, focal point of the newly dubbed punk generation, take off on their first concert tour of ...

Pistols, Clash etc.: What Did You Do On The Punk Tour, Daddy?

Live Review by Peter Silverton, Sounds, December 1976

The Sex Pistols/The Clash/The Heartbreakers /The Buzzcocks: Electric Circus, Manchester ...

Sex Pistols, The Clash, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers: Electric Circus, Manchester

Live Review by Paul Morley, NME, December 1976

THREE DANCE bands playing the Electric Circus for the second time in ten days. They're back because the Circus is one of the very few ...

1976

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, 1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion, 1977

THE SEX PISTOLS made their debut at St Martins School of Art on Friday 6th of November 1975. The irate social secretary cut the power ...

The 100 Club Punk Rock Festival

Book Excerpt by Caroline Coon, '1988: The New Wave Punk Rock Explosion', 1977

Monday, September 20th: The Sex Pistols, the Clash, Subway Sect, Siouxsie and the Banshees. Tuesday, September 21st: The Damned, Chris Spedding and the Vibrators, the ...

U.K. Report: Sex Pistols And Beyond

Report and Interview by Mick Brown, Rolling Stone, January 1977

LONDON – So this is how legends are born. Not with a song, or even a death, but with an expletive. ...

The Sex Pistols: Lou Reed Joins Pistols Furore

Report and Interview by uncredited writer, Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, March 1977

LOU REED claims he has been banned from the London Palladium because of the continuing controversy surrounding the Sex Pistols and punk rock. ...

The Sex Pistols: The Screen on the Green, London

Live Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, April 1977

In which it must be conceded that Malcolm McLaren has a first-class media brain with a perfect instinct for theatre. ...

Blind Date with Flo & Eddie

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, May 1977

A monthly blindfold test by those masters of Slander Rock, Mark Volman & Howard Kaylan ...

Pimp-Rock?

Comment by Lisa Jane Persky, New York Rocker, June 1977

EVERYTHING happens to us all so quickly these days that even before something is completed, it is dated, labels must be attached for definition and ...

Sex Pistols: Silver Jubilation

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, June 1977

A Jubilee special from the ever-patriotic Zigzag team in the form of an almost-exclusive interview with those lovable crop-tops from Shepherd's Bush, the Sex Pistols. ...

The Sex Pistols: Rotten Is Mum's Boy Shock

Report by Tony Stewart, NME, June 1977

NO MATTER how much criticism a young boy incites by his allegedly outrageous behaviour there's always somebody who will lovingly stand by him. His mum. ...

A Non-Interview With Malcolm McLaren

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1977

I VISITED THE office of Glitterbest (Sex Pistols management) recently, accompanied by Tony D. (editor of Ripped & Torn fanzine) to try and arrange an ...

What Did You Do On The Jubilee? The Pistols on the Thames

Report by Jon Savage, Sounds, June 1977

BEFORE THE POLICE came, it was a great party. Make that a capital G. ...

The Social Rehabilitation of the Sex Pistols

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, August 1977

THE PROSPEROUS CYBORGS at the next table in the backroom of this expensive Stockholm eating-place are sloshing down their coffee as fast as they possibly ...

Sex Pistols: The Rotten Interview

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, August 1977

In Sweden With The Pistols Part 194 ...

Punk Rock and the Sex Pistols

Overview by Stephen Demorest, Hit Parader, October 1977

Hey, said my name is called disturbance. I'll shout and scream, I'll kill the king,I'll rail at all his servants.–(Rolling Stones, 1968) ...

Sex Pistols: Spunk Rock

Report by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, October 1977

FOR A MOMENT there I thought I'd stumbled into a dream I just wasn't equipped to handle. All change for Edge City. The punk behind ...

The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols

Review by Kris Needs, ZigZag, November 1977

THE TITLE SAYS it all really. Ignore the press hysteria, dopey articles in Rolling Stone and cross-country panic/fear/loathing over "those foul-mouthed Sex Pistols". This album ...

Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols

Review by Jon Savage, Sounds, November 1977

Here am I – there are you – here's the Sex Pistols. ...

The Sid Vicious Guide To London Hotels

Report by Nick Kent, NME, December 1977

IT WAS AT THE A&M Sex Pistols press conference, convened early this year, that newly appointed group bassist Sid Vicious gave his brusque views on ...

Never Mind The Sex Pistols, Here Comes The Wrath Of Sid!

Report and Interview by Nick Kent, NME, December 1977

IT WAS the last day in November when the whole ugly mess finally exploded. Sid Vicious, the bass player of The Sex Pistols, had once ...

Sex Pistols: Few Waves Made During Tour Of U.S.

Report by Susan Compo, Santa Ana Register, January 1978

IT'S NOT SURPRISING that Britain's punk rockers, the Sex Pistols, found San Francisco "boring". The city that was to be the last stop on the ...

The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols

Review by Ira Robbins, Trouser Press, January 1978

HO HUM, ANOTHER album from the Pistols. No, seriously, this is it. After all the controversy, bannings, bullshit and speculation, the Pistols finally have something ...

The Sex Pistols Are Cocked

Report by Wesley Strick, Circus, January 1978

Will Their Punk Madness Spread to the States? ...

Sex Pistols in Memphis

Report by Dave Schulps, Sounds, January 1978

ITEM: Officers of the Memphis, Tennessee Vice Squad attended the Sex Pistols' American debut performance in Atlanta on Thursday just to make certain that the ...

Sex Pistols: This Could Be The Last Time

Report by Jonh Ingham, Sounds, January 1978

HYSTERIA! Disgust! Bemusement! Perplexity! The hip, FM radio dj still can't believe it. The Sex Pistols in San Francisco – heavee, man! Back in Hollywood, ...

The Sex Pistols: Winterland, San Francisco

Live Review by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, January 1978

London's pride take over USA – The Pistols' last gig? ...

Sex Pistols: Tour Notes

Report by Howie Klein, New York Rocker, February 1978

In case you were incommunicado for the last month, the much-ballyhooed Sex Pistols American tour has come and gone. ...

An Evening with Sid and Nancy – The Odd Couple Behind Closed Doors.

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, February 1978

SWAYING CRAZILY, Sid Vicious clambers up off the bed. He manages the three or four steps to where, obeying live-in-lover Nancy's instructions, he removes the ...

John Lydon: Man A Warrior – The Interview part 1

Report and Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1978

There's only one place to be late at night in Jamaica – tuned in to radio JBC, the man Michael Campbell, the man they call ...

John Lydon: Man A Warrior, part 2

Interview by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, March 1978

CYNICS AMONG the SOUNDS readership may have been wondering why/how our Johnny Rotten underwent such a speedy transformation into this new-fangled character called Johnny Cool, ...

The Poolside Pronouncements Of Johnny 'No-Tan' Rotten

Interview by Chris Salewicz, NME, March 1978

JOHN ROTTEN likes dressing up. Seeing him stuck away under a parasol by the side of the Olympic-sized pool of the Kingston Sheraton at eleven ...

The Sex Pistols: Radio Fun!!

Guide by John Tobler, ZigZag, April 1978

JUST FOR A CRACK HERE IS ONE OF THE LAST U.K. INTERVIEWS THE PISTOLS DID ...

The Sex Pistols Shoot To The Top

Report by Susan Compo, Santa Ana Register, June 1978

WHEN 'GOD SAVE THE QUEEN', a song by British punk-rockers the Sex Pistols, hit the top of the English charts several months ago, it was ...

Johnny Rotten in Toronto

Interview by Gary Pig Gold, Pig Paper, The, August 1978

Johnny Says Never Mind The Bollocks ...

Sex Pistols Bootlegs

Review by Ian Birch, Melody Maker, October 1978

Sex Pistols: Indecent Exposure (It's A Dirty Business) (Rotten Records – bootleg album)'Anarchy In The U.S.A.'/'Belsen Was A Gas' (Rotten Role – bootleg single). ...

The Sex Pistols: Bootleg Albums

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, November 1978

The Sex Pistols: Gun Control/Live at the Rodeo ...

Public Image Ltd.: We Only Wanted To Be Loved

Interview by Robin Banks, ZigZag, December 1978

THE ENIGMATIC Johnny Lydon. Dubbed "The Messiah of Punk" by those who only thought in clichés, he was catapulted into a situation that left him ...

The Sex Pistols: The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle

Review by Jon Savage, Melody Maker, February 1979

"WHAT NEEDS UNDERSTANDING is the state of paralysis everyone is in..." ...

Goodbye Sham 69

Report and Interview by Garry Bushell, Sounds, July 1979

"WE WANT SHUM! WE WANT SHUM! WE WANT SHUM!" Friday night in Glasgow The Apollo is packed to capacity and if you want understatements the ...

Sex Pistols: Some Product: Carri On Sex Pistols (Virgin)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, NME, July 1979

THIS IS getting silly. ...

The Sex Pistols: The Very Best Of

Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, February 1980

THE PERFECT contradiction: The Japs offer such fine pressings, this album'll cost you about £9 if you want it…and I'm reviewing it as usual on ...

Malcolm McLaren

Interview by Johnny Black, unpublished, February 1982

This is the full transcript of the interview, a small (1500-word) version of which appeared in Over 21 magazine in May 1982. ...

Malcolm McLaren: Innovation Or Exploitation?

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, February 1982

Malcolm McLaren, the shaker and baker of British punk, turned the Sex Pistols into an epochal event, turned Adam Ant around and now plays Svengali ...

Punk: 1977 - Two Sevens Clash

Essay by Chris Salewicz, History of Rock, The, 1983

AS A REBEL MUSIC, punk rock had close affinities with reggae. When the punk movement found a focal point and place of worship in the ...

The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle: How Malcolm McLaren made cash from chaos

Profile by Steve Turner, History of Rock, The, 1983

THERE IS A CERTAIN TYPE OF ROCK MANAGER whose clients become the means to express his own artistic vision: in the late Fifties, Larry Parnes ...

Jamie Reid

Interview by Jon Savage, Face, The, October 1983

For someone whose work has graced millions of record sleeves and influenced a whole generation, Jamie Reid’s personal profile is not the highest. This is ...

Nancy Spungen: If You Knew Nancy…

Book Review by Cynthia Rose, NME, January 1984

IF ANYTHING CAN PUT THE LID on the Romeo and Juliet myth that has enshrined Nancy Spungen in the post-punk hagiography, it will be a ...

In Defence of the Sex Pistols

Essay by Paul Yamada, unpublished, 1985

ANY SERIOUS study of rock music should sift through the history to discover outbreaks, accidents and ruptures in and, of rock, that offer themselves as ...

Punk: Rogues Gallery

Overview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, January 1986

TO PUT EVERYTHING INTO PERSPECTIVE, AS TO WHERE THE ORIGINALS FROM '76 HAVE GONE; BE IT A WAYSIDE DITCH OR A MAJOR RECORD COMPANY WATER ...

Joe Strummer

Interview by Jon Savage, unpublished, May 1988

This interview was for Jon Savage's classic punk book England's Dreaming, and is published here in its entirity for the first time. ...

Malcolm McLaren: Pernicious? Moi?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, August 1989

IN THE "PIANO BAR" of a Mayfair hotel, portion of club sandwich in one hand, glass of fine red wine in the other, Malcolm McLaren ...

Sid Vicious crashed my 21st

Essay by Peter Silverton, Observer, The, 1991

At this distance, all I can remember for certain is the gangle of his legs and the pinch of his cheeks. ‘This is John,’ said ...

Jon Savage: England's Dreaming

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Q, November 1991

EVEN THOUGH 15 YEARS have passed since the release of 'Anarchy In The UK', there has never been a book which has satisfactorily documented Britain's ...

John Lydon

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, March 1992

THE MAN IN THE ETHNIC-TEA-COSY-STYLED headwear and the unsightly puce satin ski pants lies back on my sofa, swigs lustily from a bottle of strong ...

Who the Hell Does John Lydon Think He Is?

Interview by Tom Hibbert, Q, June 1994

THE INTERVIEW, Q vs Lydon, should have taken place several months ago but when I turned up on his Fulham doorstep and rang his bell, ...

The Sex Pistols Sign To A&M Records

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, October 1995

Early 1977, and following the inevitable bust-up with EMI, the Sex Pistols are about to release 'God Save The Queen' and embark on their shortest ...

A Seance in Finsbury Park: The Sex Pistols Reunite

Live Review by Jon Savage, Spin, August 1996

JUST BEFORE the Sex Pistols take the stage in the waning light, a curious hush falls on the boisterous punk crowd. A myth is to ...

The Sex Pistols and Friends: Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Charles Shaar Murray, MOJO, August 1996

IS THERE ANYTHING WHICH THE RECONSTITUTED Sex Pistols – freeze-dried, just add money – could possibly have done at their "comeback" show which would have ...

Never Mind Their Principles, Here's The Sex Pistols

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, August 1996

FAIRFAX, Va. — Johnny Rotten is up to his old tricks. He's baiting the crowd — calling those seated in the loge "sissies" — and ...

The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, The Heartbreakers, The Buzzcocks: Destination Nowhere

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, December 1996

Twenty years ago this month, the Sex Pistols, Clash, Damned, Heartbreakers and Buzzcocks embarked upon the Anarchy Tour. What followed more than lived up to ...

Return of The Sex Pistols

Report and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, Summer 1996

The jury’s out. It’s either the ultimate joke, the perfect punch-line — plump, forty, pimple-free Johnny Rotten with a tan only sensible living and serious ...

The Sex Pistols: Finsbury Park, London

Live Review by Sylvie Simmons, Rolling Stone, Summer 1996

"WELL?" Johnny Rotten asked the 30,000-strong crowd dotting the park — not a sell-out, despite weeks of hype and a festival-sized bill, though more than ...

Sod Awf! The Sex Pistols And Other Pleasantries Of Punk

Retrospective by David Dalton, Gadfly, February 1998

A Short History of the NOW! ROCK EXISTS in the humming; now, an all-enveloping bubble of sound, energy and ecstasy. Like being at the flashpoint ...

Nils Stevenson

Interview by Dave Thompson, Alternative Press, 1999

YOU'VE PROBABLY heard this before, but this time it's true. The best Punk book yet has just hit the streets, written by someone who were ...

The Sex Pistols

Retrospective by Philip Norman, Daily Mail, 1999

ON DECEMBER 1, 1976, Londoners tuned in to Thames TV's Today show, expecting the usual bland mix of metropolitan news and views appropriate for a ...

Johnny Rotten on the Sex Pistols' 20 Wildest Moments

Interview by Neil Mason, Melody Maker, June 2000

With The Filth & The Fury coming your way, John Lydon AKA Johnny Rotten, recalls how the Sex Pistols became the most exciting band ever ...

The Sex Pistols: Anarchy In The UK

Retrospective and Interview by Gavin Martin, Uncut, June 2000

THE EARLY SEVENTIES have been a golden age for the homegrown British pop single. The pan-stick and yob fraternity, which includes T-Rex, Sweet, Slade, Mott ...

Sex Pistols: History Is Punk

Retrospective and Interview by Philip Norman, Sunday Times, 2001

More than 20 years after they committed high treason during the Queen's silver jubilee, the Sex Pistols are still the kings of rock rebellion. As ...

Various Artists: Cash From Chaos: The Complete Punk Collection

Review by Ian MacDonald, Uncut, February 2002

Perverse selection – from New York Dolls to Gonads, Buzzcocks to Toy Dolls — misses chance to be definitive summary ...

The Sex Pistols: Crystal Palace Sports Centre, London

Live Review by Steven Wells, NME, August 2002

We Might As Well Be Proud Of Them ...

Sid Vicious: Threw a Glass Darkly

Book Excerpt by Mark Paytress, 'Vicious: The Art of Dying Young', Sanctuary Books, 2004

SID did it. Didn’t he? ...

Citizen Punk

Retrospective by Jonh Ingham, Q, 2005

APRIL 1976 - For me it began at the El Paradise strip club, where the Sex Pistols filled a tiny room with three-chord beat and ...

Children In The Mire: A Reading Of Bangs, Marcus And The Sex Pistols, part 1

Essay by Michael Baker, Perfect Sound Forever, January 2005

"THE DOMAIN OF the theater is not psychological but plastic and physical. And it is not a question of whether the physical language of theater ...

Children in the Mire: Bangs, Marcus, and the Sex Pistols, Part II – Polly

Essay by Michael Baker, Perfect Sound Forever, January 2005

The hot night makes us keep our bedroom windows open.Our magnolia blossoms. Life begins to happen. My hopped up husband drops his home disputes, and ...

Ten Reasons Why The Sex Pistols Didn't (or Couldn't) Save Rock And Roll

Comment by Gary Pig Gold, inmusicwetrust.com, August 2005

In honor of Julien Temple's great new film The Filth And The Fury Gary Pig Gold humbly submits to both punks and non-punks, old and ...

John Lydon

Interview by John Doran, Stool Pigeon, The, March 2010

IN CALIFORNIA WE MEET a traveller from an antique land. On two scrawny legs – KFC issue – he stands. He has a shattered look. ...

Malcolm McLaren 1946-2010

Obituary by Alex Ogg, Rock's Backpages, April 2010

MALCOLM MCLAREN, who died on April 8 aged 64 after a protracted battle with cancer, was punk's self-mythologised circus barker. His custodianship of the musical ...

When the Pistols Came to Memphis

Memoir by Tom Graves, Guerilla Monster Films, August 2010

WHEN THE SEX Pistols blitzed into Memphis on a very cold Friday night in January (the 6th) 1978, probably not one in ten people in ...

Flies on Shit: Alex Chilton Goes Back to Memphis

Book Excerpt by Holly George-Warren, Viking Books, March 2014

The former Big Star man sees the Sex Pistols in Memphis and limbers up for the shambolic Like Flies On Sherbert. An exclusive excerpt from ...

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