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England's dreaming : anarchy, Sex Pistols, punk rock, and beyond

by Savage, Jon.

Format: Print Book 2002
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction ML421.S47 S3 2002
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  ML421.S47 S3 2002

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. This fully revised and updated edition of the book covers the legacy of punk twenty-five years later and provides an account of the Pistols' 1996 reunion as well as a freshly updated discography and a completely new introduction.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Punk rock was an anarchistic movement with roots in the radicalism of Paris in May 1968 by way of a kinky boutique on King's Road in London called Sex. Malcolm McLaren, its proprietor, launched the Sex Pistols, who took the world by storm with an attitude of nihilism and iconoclasm that garnered plenty of tabloid attention and worldwide notoriety, and with them, punk rock. In nearly 600 pages, Savage presents a detailed history of punk, extensively covering its brief life during the waning years of the 1970s. John Lydon and John Simon Ritchie--aka Johnny Rotten and Sid Vicious--and the rest of the band are depicted less as cartoon characters than as kids (they were, after all, barely 20 years old)--naive, scared, questionably talented, ambitious legends in their own time. What began as a deliberate though not necessarily coherent movement soon spun out of McLaren's control, spiraling into a frenzy of drugs, violence, lawsuits, and death. Through interviews, research, and Savage's own journal entries, England's Dreaming accurately re-creates the amphetamine excitement of the British punk era in all its horror and glory. ~--Benjamin Segedin"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "With wit and authority, freelance writer Savage pens an entertaining, exhaustive chronological history of punk rock and politics through 1980. For the first several chapters the account focuses on attention-getting impresario Malcolm McLaren, who opened a series of outrageous clothing shops including Let It Rock and Sex during the early '70s with companion Vivienne Westwood. McLaren's visits to New York City left him enamored of such iconoclastic American bands as the New York Dolls and Television, and, using the nervy, bored adolescents he met while selling punk fashion, he nurtured a group that would become the Sex Pistols. McLaren and the Pistols' shenanigans are set against a background of such seminal punk bands as Iggy and the Stooges, the Clash, the Damned and the Ramones. Savage also devotes attention to McLaren's flamboyant shop maven Jordan, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders and Siouxsie Sioux of Siouxsie and the Banshees as he chronicles the Pistols' ascent and decline. Even readers who consider this volume's length somewhat daunting will find it the definitive source of early-punk anecdotes. Photos. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Sex Pistols (Musical group)
Punk rock musicians -- England -- Biography.
Punk rock music -- England -- History and criticism.
Punk culture -- England.
Publisher New York :St. Martin's Griffin,2002
Edition 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed.
Language English
Notes "Fully updated and expanded with a new introduction by the author"--Cover.
Description xvii, 632 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 549-558) and index.
Discography: pages 559-623.
ISBN 0312288220
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