Punk Rock‚ the Original Filth and The Fury.

Over forty years ago, it was the noise of the Punk generation that was making the headlines. The Sex Pistols were perhaps the most well known of the first wave of Punk and certainly the most high profile thanks to their Svengali-like manager Malcolm Mclaren.

From the 1976 Ted Grundy obscenity-laced interview to the outrageous 'God Save The Queen' they seem to mould an attitude of a generation and Punk was born. Did you ever see them live? Let us know in the comments section below.

Foremost amongst the top punk rock bands were the Sex Pistols, releasing their record God Save the Queen in time for the Jubilee celebrations of 1977. It had been in the austerity years after WWII that the term teenage had developed, and on the fringes, there was a growing mood for rebellion - a need to be distinctive. In the 1950s, Teddy Boys bucked the trend, dressed in tight drainpipe trousers and with their hair brushed into a quiff.

Do you recognise the Punk in this image from The 1970s Scrapbook?

During the Sixties there was a rivalry between the Mods on their scooters and the Rockers with their motorbikes; they often became embattled at seaside resorts.

By the late 1960s, there was a dramatic contrast between the cropped hair of the skinheads and the flowing locks and lifestyle of the hippies. By the second half of the Seventies, it was time again for the next generation to make their mark - an attitude that was anti-establishment, provocative and definitively 'out of order'.

This teenager was intent on bringing it to a new level and very nearly caused anarchy not only in the UK but all over the world.

The record sleeves and their publicity posters reflected the ideals of this radical and irreverent breakaway movement.

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1 comment

Christine A Wells

To be honest the punks and punk music scared me.I’d just had my first baby and remember thinking “oh no is this the way world is going to be” luckily it didn’t last too long.Funny that now in my 70’s one of my fave albums is Never Mind The Bollocks lol.

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