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The Sex Pistols, The Clash and the â€™Class of 76
This is the story of the birth of Punk, with a capital P, in the only country where it was a mainstream movement: the UK; told entirely by eye-witnesses (Heylin included) whose words, then and now, have been held up to the light of historyâ€™s hindsight.
This is also the story of the rebirth of Rock, by a bunch of bands who set out to deconstruct and destroy the form, on the island that largely invented it and reinvented it at least twice in the fifteen years before Punk.
And it is the story of the ex-Catholic, semi-Irish, snot-nosed, working-class Cockney oik who dealt the final, fatal blow to Englandâ€™s dreams of empire when he became a Rotten revolutionary.
But most of all it is the story of a handful of British youths who were inspired to raise their voice in song, and allow it to echo around the world.
It is a story that, till now, has only been told piecemeal: of one band blazing a trail gig by gig, convert by convert, to the pre-set agenda â€“ not always adhered to â€“ of a fetish shop owner until, within a single year, the whole island rocked to the sound of ANARCHEEE.
How did this happen
and why does it still matter?
â€˜For those who werenâ€™t there, but swear they were, now you are.â€™ â€“ Richard Boon, former Buzzcocks manager
â€˜Heylin has done a masterful job of mapping the when, where and whoâ€™s who in the Pistols pied piper saga.â€™ â€“ Thurston Moore, Sonic Youth
Includes 16 page colour photo section and a Year Zero Chronology.
Longlisted for the 2017 Penderyn Music Book of the Year