England’s Dreaming, 2012
This was taken near Covent Garden, London, UK.
England’s Dreaming is a history of the Sex Pistols and punk by Jon Savage. It was published in 1991.
I bought this book when it came out and read it cover to cover. At the time I wasn’t a big Pistols fan (and I still prefer The Damned if I’m honest)*, but I was fascinated by the way Punk blossomed and died within a year, leaving a huge legacy (and a lot of people hanging around precincts accusing each other of selling out). Jon Savage writes in a really engaging and authoritative way and weaves a great narrative while maintaining nitty gritty detail. It made me revisit the Pistols, so I guess it did its job.
Here’s the first paragraph:
It is the early seventies. All the participants of what will be called Punk are alive, but few of them know each other. They will come together in 1976 and 1977 in a network of relationships as complicated as the rabbit-warren London slums of Dickens’ novels. The other beginnings of Punk – the musical texts, vanguard manifestos, pulp fictions – already exist, but first we need the location, the vacant space where, like the buddleia on the still plentiful bombsites, these flowers can bloom.
In our house, this book can be found: dining room, right-hand bookshelves, third shelf down.
* and The Fall, of course, but Mark E. Smith denies they were ever punk. And PiL, who came after the Sex Pistols.
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