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    Sale 5871

    Popular Culture: Rock & Pop

    1 July 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 35

    The Sex Pistols

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    The Sex Pistols
    An interesting collection of Punk related ephemera including: a rare concert flyer, the front printed in red The Screen on Islington Green Midnight Sex Pistols Mon 17th Admission Free., with a printed facsimile New Musical Express concert review and press quotations on verso, circa 1976 -- 8½x11¾in. (21.5x30cm.); six copies of the fanzine Sniffin' Glue, issues number 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 8; issue number one of the fanzine London's Burning; issues number 1 & 4 of the fanzine Hanging Around; issue number 4 of the fanzine Fairdukes; two copies of the fanzine In the City; and individual issues of fanzines titled Jungleland, The Next Big Thing, Beatweek, Raw Power 2, Shews and More-On-Four (19)


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    The famous Screen on the Green gig was originally advertised to take place on 17 May 1976 but was cancelled, to eventually take place on 29 August of the same year, when the Sex Pistols were supported by The Buzzcocks and The Clash who were playing their first London concert.

    Sniffin Glue, the first punk fanzine, was produced by Mark Perry in July 1976, a few days after seeing US punk band The Ramones first UK gig. He took the title from their song Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue. Perry's fanzine was the perfect punk forum. Perry recalls At first I printed about 50 (copies), I just printed it out on a typewriter, and I did the felt tipped heading'n'that, before my girlfriend took them to her work to photocopy. I took the copies to Rock On (record shop) and they agreed to sell them, and asked for 200 more, we sold about 300 copies of the first issue. The fanzine proved popular because it reported the moment immediately as it happened, from an insider's point of view as opposed to a mainstream music company standpoint. As Perry used everyday tools that were immediately to hand, Sniffin' Glue fitted in with the do-it-yourself ethos which was already an important part of punk culture. A flood of other punk-zines followed with identifiable cut and paste graphics, typewritten or felt tip text, misspellings and crossings out. Photocopying also contributed to the 'punk-zine' look by limiting graphic experimentation to black & white tones and imagery based on collage, enlargement and reduction. Sniffin' Glue demonstrated that anyone could easily, cheaply and quickly produce a fanzine. Sniffin' Glue mirrored the lifespan of the movement and closed when mainstream record companies and the media began to embrace the scene, which saw a decline in Punk in its true sense. Sniffin' Glue ran for only 14 issues, the last issue selling approximately 20,000 copies.

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    Literature

    The British Library, www.bl.uk
    ROBB, John Punk Rock An Oral History, London: Ebury Press, 2006, pp.203-204