Insanely detailed history of the Sex Pistols and the beginning of punk in London by a music reporter whose own career started in 1977.
England’s Dreaming is the ultimate book on punk, its progenitors, the Sex Pistols, and the moment they defined for music fans in England and the United States Savage brings to life the sensational story of the meteoric rise and rapid implosion of the Pistols through layers of rich detail, exclusive interviews, and rare photographs.
602 pages, trade size book, great like new condition.
If you're looking for a book on Punk, this is THE book to read. If you're looking for a book on the Sex Pistols, don't pass it over. This book takes you an a journey right from the beginnings of Punk at 430 Kings Rd, with Malcom McLaren and Vivienne Westwood, the two founders of what became the outward appearance of punk, right through the formation of the Sex Pistols, the other major groups like the Clash, the peak of the punk movement, and then the tailing off as the Sex Pistols broke up and Sid Vicious' death.
Not just a broad selection of dates and events, "England's Dreaming" explores the causes and effects of those events, and all the people involved. At times it can appear somewhat exhausting, and it IS a very long, involved read. However, it not only details the biggest stars, like the Sex Pistols, the Clash, the Buzzcocks etc, but also the smaller characters, from Jordan, the well known sales girl at 430 Kings Rd, to the smaller bands scattered throughout Britain.
This book, unlike some written at arms length, does not show only the glamourous side to punk, or even just the rotten underbelly, but both, in a well balanced analysis of the movement as a whole.
This book is one for the true punk - if you aren't really into this type of stuff, you'll find it very hard to motivate yourself to finish it. If you are enthralled in every aspect of the 70's punk movement, this is the most in-depth and interesting book you will read.
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