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Sex Pistols, the

Dave Laing

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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English punk rock group. Its members were Steve Jones (b London, 3 May 1955; guitar), Johnny Rotten (John Lydon; b London, 31 Jan 1956; vocals), Paul Cook (b London, 27 July 1956; drums) and Glen Matlock (b London, 27 Aug 1956; bass), who was later replaced by Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie; b London, 10 May 1957; d New York, 2 Feb 1979; bass). Initially named the Swankers, the group was assembled in 1975 by entrepreneur Malcolm McLaren (formerly the manager of the American punk group New York Dolls), and during a three-year career they combined corrosive music and lyrics with a determinedly anti-social lifestyle. A series of spectacular performances in small London clubs and halls and fervent publicity from a small clique of journalists sparked record company interest. In 1976 EMI Records signed the group and issued Anarchy in the UK as a single. The furore following a television appearance caused EMI to cancel the contract and after another brief signing to A&M Records, the Sex Pistols were signed (...

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Subjects: Popular Music

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