'I wanna see some history': Recent writing on British punk

David Wilkinson, Matthew Worley, John Street

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Tucked away on the b-side of the Sex Pistols’ third single, ‘Pretty Vacant’ (1977), is a cover version of The Stooges’ ‘No Fun’. The song had long been a staple of the Pistols’ live set; on record, however, Johnny Rotten chose to open the track with a diatribe against those attempting to imbue the punk culture he helped instigate with broader socio-economic, cultural or political implications. ‘Here we go now’, he snarled, ‘a sociology lecture, with a bit of psychology, a bit of neurology, a bit of fuckology’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-411
Number of pages15
JournalContemporary European History
Issue number2
Early online date29 Sep 2016
Publication statusPublished - May 2017

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