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England's Dreaming, Revised Edition: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond Paperback – January 18, 2002
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Top Customer Reviews
Jon Savage was prescient enough to have kept his teenage journal from those long-ago days of London in the mid-to-late-70s, he is able to present us with a thorough, first-hand account to spice up his in-depth journalism. Throughout this work he quotes from it, giving us impressionistic, colorful glimpses of the time:
"30.10.76: I go see my first proper punk group. I know what it's going to be like: I've been waiting for years, and this year most of all: something to match the explosions in my head. The group are called the Clash; everybody I talk to says they're the best.... Within ten seconds I'm transfixed; within thirty, changed forever.
23.11.76...fascism here won't be like in Germany. It'll be English: ratty, mean, pinched, hand in glove with Thatcher as mother sadist over all her whimpering public schoolboys.
25.12.76: A party... in the kitchen downstairs, members of the Damned, the Clash and the Sex Pistols sit around a large table.... Halfway through the evening, the Heartbreakers arrive, and install themselves in a tight corner near the telephone, which Johnny Thunders uses to make hour-long calls to the US. Not collect.
25.12.78: Public Image Ltd, Rainbow Theatre, London. this, as expected, is mainly Rotten's show. Except now there is a new element of whining and self-justification....Read more ›
the best book you will ever read. Its open minded, so punk
fans can love it, or people who hate those U.K. punks can hate
them more. Its not just the Sex Pistols, its the Clash and Ramones
in the spotlight also. I laughed to myself while reading some quotes,
but you'll be in tears when reading about how Sid Vicious was accused
of killing the only person he had, then slowly killed him self. jon Savage
had acess to all of the archieves of the Sex Pistols, so its accurate.
This book gives a detailed chronical in first hand reports of the early days of punk in London. For those of us who used to hang out at Club Mudd in the late 70's it is a mirror to look in to see ourselves in our self destructive glory. If you're too young to remember, or you're just into rock history this book is still important. I read this book when it first issued, then picked it up again recently, and both times thoroughly enjoyed it.
Savage put a wonderful scholarly gloss on the artistic and social heritage of punk rock. Some of his analyses may be overwrought but however tenous the links, it is undeniable that punk rock combined nihilism, socialism and the spirit of revolution in a way that is somehow unique in musical history. The first disenfranchised hip-hop generation of the late '80s is somehow a fair successor to the punk movement. Maybe I'm a crusty old rocker now, but everything else seems derivative somehow.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Sex Pistols and punk, especially Brit punk. A fascinating, very intellectual look at the movement and it's political and social... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Never Youmind
An excellent document of the British punk scene framed as socio-cultural near-history. The approach isn't likely to appeal to those who just want to read about sex and drugs and... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Gregory A. Layne
I admit that I only read this book for the Pistols as despite my love for the band and my endless fascination and appreciation for most things surrounding them,I'm not a punk and... Read morePublished on April 13, 2014 by Miss Hater
So far I'm immersed in this book and there's a whole lot I never knew before. It really has broadned my insight and horizons on what was going on back then in England. Read morePublished on February 10, 2014 by A.Allen
I became interested in music around the late 70s early 80s and so can relate to this book. Also being British I know the areas, shops and clubs in it well and can remember visiting... Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by SomeBlerk
Four and One-half Stars
This review is for the first edition hardcover (1991). The title of this book is derived from The Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen," and the... Read more