The England's Dreaming Tapes

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Jon Savage's 1991 book England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond was hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "the definitive history of the English punk movement." Widely imitated but never equaled, it remains that rare work of music history that appeals to music fans, critics, and scholars alike. In researching England's Dreaming, Savage conducted hundreds of hours of interviews, of which only a fraction were published in the final book. Now, in The England's Dreaming Tapes, Savage ...

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Overview

Jon Savage's 1991 book England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond was hailed by the New York Times Book Review as "the definitive history of the English punk movement." Widely imitated but never equaled, it remains that rare work of music history that appeals to music fans, critics, and scholars alike. In researching England's Dreaming, Savage conducted hundreds of hours of interviews, of which only a fraction were published in the final book. Now, in The England's Dreaming Tapes, Savage makes available for the first time the full, uncut, sensational story behind the cultural moment that was punk.

Here is the story of a generation that changed the world in just a few months in 1976, as told by the scene's major figures: all four original Sex Pistols as well as Joe Strummer, Chrissie Hynde, Jordan, Siouxise Sioux, Viv Albertine, Adam Ant, Leee black Childers, Howard Devoto, Pete Shelley, Sylvain Sylvain, Debbie Wilson, Tony Wilson, Jah Wobble, and many others. Together, they offer a sweeping history of the late 1960s and the 1970s-not just the era's music but also its radical politics, social issues, fashion, and culture.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The 1991 publication of Savage's England's Dreaming was a coming-of-age moment in the study of punk, and it remains one of the most respected histories of the genre. Here, Savage presents the transcripts of his research interviews with the artists, managers, designers, and fans who witnessed the birth of the London scene—in a format as raw and uncompromising as the times they describe. He provides little bibliographic support beyond a short introductory paragraph to each interview and an index and makes no attempt to explain his subjects' more obtuse references. Even hard-core fans may find themselves struggling to recall the significance of every event or personality named. Still, the wealth of firsthand information makes this a valuable resource.Verdict A richly rewarding if disorganized book with much to offer scholars and scenesters. Highly recommended for academic collections. Readers requiring a more accessible overview of punk's roots would be better served by Clinton Heylin's Babylon's Burning or, of course, Savage's original England's Dreaming. [Previewed in "25 Reasons Why Academic Publishing Is Sexier Than You Think," BookSmack! 7/15/10.]http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/newsletters/newsletterbucketbooksmack/885887-439/25_reasons_why_academic_publishing.html.csp—Neil Derksen, Gwinnett Cty. P.L., Lawrenceville, GA
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"The England’s Dreaming Tapes takes you back to the genesis, to the very beginning of the cult, back to a time when Poly Styrene was a hippy, when Steve Diggle and John Lydon had long hair, when Siouxsie Sioux was a disco kid. This book holds the provenance of punk, and identifies, through the words of the 59 people Savage interviews, its very essence. . . .Everyone is here—all the bands, all the protagonists, all the club-runners, all journalists, shopkeepers, photographers, and the rest—and it is an absolute joy." —Dylan Jones, GQ (UK)

"A journalist on a British music weekly at the time of punk, Savage succeeded in assembling a comprehensive cast of interviewees when he was writing England’s Dreaming in the late 1980s, and their unedited voices, presented in this new context, bring the epoch alive with the force of oral history." —Ludovic Hunter-Tilney, The Financial Times

"The England’s Dreaming Tapes is undoubtedly the best interview-based book on British punk published thus far. It’s an indispensable documentary resource that offers panoramic insight into UK punk’s most innovative and influential stage; it manages to immerse the reader in the visceral rush and the sheer creative energy of the period at the same time as it provides measured, incisive commentary on that period." —Wilson Neate, Blurt

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816672929
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 8/4/2010
  • Pages: 752
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon Savage is a writer and broadcaster. His books include England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond and Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture and among the documentaries he has written are the award-winning The Brian Epstein Story and Joy Division. He lives in North Wales.

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Table of Contents

Introduction I

1 The Shop: 430 King's Road

Malcolm McLaren 7

Robin Scott 19

Helen Wallington-Lloyd 27

Jordan 33

Alan Jones 53

Chrissie Hynde 61

2 New York

Sylvain Sylvain 71

Leee Black Childers 79

Roberta Bayley 100

John Holmstrom 109

Legs McNeil 120

Mary Harron 131

3 Sex Pistols

Warwick Nightingale 147

Steve Jones 155

Paul Cook 161

Glen Matlock 181

Johnny Rotten 211

4 The City

Roger Armstrong 239

Joe Strummer 248

Adam Ant 270

Tony James 278

Viv Albertine 286

Jah Wobble 306

5 The Suburbs

Shanne Hasler 323

Captain Sensible 328

Siouxsie Sioux 336

Berlin 347

Marco Pirroni 354

Vic Godard 362

Steve Walsh 373

Debbi Wilson 381

6 The Team: Glitterbest

Nils Stevenson 397

Ray Stevenson 413

Dave Goodman 420

Sophie Richmond 426

Jamie Reid 441

John Tiberi 444

7 The Propagandists

Neil Spencer 461

Caroline Coon 471

Jonh Ingham 480

Mark Perry 510

8 The North-West

Howard Devoto 521

Pete Shelley 532

Richard Boon 549

Tony Wilson 565

Linder 571

9 1977/1: The Roxy

Andy Czezowski Susan Carrington 581

Poly Styrene 597

Don Letts 609

Wire 615

TV smith 623

Pauline Murray 631

10 1977/2: The Jubilee

Al Clark 639

Dennis Morris 653

Derek Jarman 661

Barbara Harwood 667

11 Sid Vicious

Joe Stevens 679

Anne Beverley 700

Afterword: where are they now? 717

Acknowledgements 731

Index 733

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