The Sex Pistols were one of those pivotal bands who transformed the scene.
The whole Punk idea had really started up in New York in the early 1970s as a rebellion against the Long Hair and drawn out solos of the Hippie scene. The name Punk had been around for a long time as an epithet for a young gormless kid. A new generation of kids was looking for something different. They craved rebellious identity. They wanted their own distinct culture that was separate from the Hippie thing. They went for short spiky hair and loud, fast high energy tracks.
Bands like the Ramones, Patti Smith, New York Dolls, WayneCounty and Richard Hell were creating a new dynamic music centred on a vibrant set of venues such as CBGBs, and Max’s Kansas City.
Malcolm McClaren spent time in New York managing the New York Dolls and learnt a lot (not that that did the Dolls very much good!). He was impressed…
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