The Sex Pistols
Every protest needs a soundtrack. The American civil rights movement was accompanied by Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind - in
Whether you go to the Canary Islands, Corfu or Florida (three favourite destinations), you might come back with a new love of the country, a desire to go back, and even a feeling that you'd like to support campaigns to promote better human rights in those countries...
Guitar bands are manifold in London town, and it's been a while since that fact could be stated with any certainty. Tastes are reverting as live music played in intimate venues becomes a necessary constant in these cash-strapped, culturally arid times.
The evening was planned as a retrospective of the album that changed everything for British music. Never Mind The B******* sprang angrily into life in 1977, an original musical work that openly criticised a culturally cobwebbed United Kingdom. But the organisers do not get politeness this evening. Instead they get cat calls and verbal threats.
Steve raises his voice, a bit of the old punk rage perhaps asserting itself again after all these years. "You had to work to go and see a band back in '77, had to get off your arse and go to a gig, and then go to a record store to purchase the product. There was a lot more work involved. Now it's just mindless consumption."
The riot girls taught us that young women inside a counter-culture movement don't necessarily get heard until they grab the microphone.
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What began as an artistic movement, as an expression of counter-cultural angst, crossed continents into film studios, literature, poetry, theatres, art galleries and catwalks. By the mid-1990s, punk was a global commodity. Green Day, Blink-182 and My Chemical Romance are now household names.