The Anarchy Tour

The Anarchy Tour

by Phil Hardy
     
 

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In December 1976, a coach drove off down a London street. On board were the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Heartbreakers and their respective management, while The Damned, who were also on the bill, were travelling separately. The ‘Anarchy in the UK Tour’ should have been just another rock ‘n’ roll tour, and surely would have been, had it not

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In December 1976, a coach drove off down a London street. On board were the Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Heartbreakers and their respective management, while The Damned, who were also on the bill, were travelling separately. The ‘Anarchy in the UK Tour’ should have been just another rock ‘n’ roll tour, and surely would have been, had it not been for the Sex Pistols’ anarchic antics on the Today show two days earlier. What should have been an inconsequential three-minute interview to hopefully plug the new single, and the accompanying promotional tour, descended into farce when the show’s host Bill Grundy goaded the Sex Pistols’ guitarist Steve Jones into saying something outrageous? Author Mick O Shea has interviewed members of the band’s involved, managers, roadies and audience members to tell the story of why this was such an important tour. Explains why many local councils banned the tour resulting in only seven out of a scheduled twenty gigs taking place. One London councilor stated: “Most of these groups would be vastly improved by sudden death” The book is also an examination of punk rock’s impact on the nation in the Seventies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857127976
Publisher:
Music Sales Corporation
Publication date:
11/20/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
17 MB
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Meet the Author

The Anarchy Tour is Mick O'Shea's ninth book.  He has also written books on the Sex Pistols, Guns 'n Roses, Amy Winehouse and Katy Perry.

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