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Friday, January 04, 2008

Sex Pistols First American Tour - 30 Years Ago

Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols set the music world on fire with their antics and their music, and the punk rock movement seemed to consolidate itself with the Pistols as its avatar. Thirty years ago in November, their album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols was released, and that occasion brought a whole new set of eyes and appreciation on its recent anniversary.

Now we are upon the 30th Anniversary of the Sex Pistols First American Tour.

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Sid Vicious, in a blur... and Rotten and McLaren, walking the streets of LA right after the tour completed in January 1978

This weekend, my favorite rock n roll city in the USA, Memphis, will be recognizing the 30th Anniversary of the Sex Pistols tour date at the Taliesyn Ballroom, which is no longer there... a Taco Bell stands in its place. Andria Lisle, one of my dear pals and a great writer, especially of music stories, touched upon this in a recent blog post for her regular Commercial Appeal column. If I were you, I'd bookmark Andria's blog, Memphis Music Confidential. I know that she will not let the anniversary pass without acknowledgment. UPDATE: Here's the piece by Andria in the Commercial Appeal: Check it out!!


This photo of Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook with road manager Rory Johnston hiding behind him and Slits guitarist Viv Albertine looking on is one of the photos that will be exhibited at Magnetic Field on January 10 when the Unguarded Moments tour stops there.

If you want one of these, you can pre-order it, buy it there... or if you're outside of NYC, order a print of your very own! email for more info!

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