Sex Pistols: Poison in the Machine

Scanlan, John orcid iconORCID: 0000-0003-2951-7823 (2016) Sex Pistols: Poison in the Machine. Reaktion Books, London. ISBN 9781780237541

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This book examines the emergence of the Sex Pistols in 1976 as the outgrowth of manager Malcolm McLaren's various artistic impulses - which had, since the mid-1960s, embraced abstract painting, filmmaking, installation art, and clothing design. It situates the genesis of the Sex Pistols in a collision of the worlds of art, fashion and rock music that was uniquely of its time and place, mid-70s London. And it further examines the implosion of the Sex Pistols as the result of the emergence of two competing and irreconcilable artistic visions - that of McLaren and of John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten).

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