Spirit of ‘76: John Ingham & Will Hermes

When punk first broke in the UK in 1976, music journalist John Ingham was on hand to document the very heart of the scene. Struck by the music, fashion and sheer iconoclasm of a little-known outfit called the Sex Pistols, Ingham conducted the first interview with the band, partied with its members and even bailed Sid Vicious out of jail. He also witnessed and documented the group's evolution at legendary gigs shared with other pioneering punk bands in their earliest days, including the Damned, the Clash, Subway Sect and more. The result is Spirit of 76: London Punk Eyewitness, a revelatory collection of photography and fly-on-the-wall reportage showcasing the punk movement from its most raucous, bewildering beginnings. Containing the only color photos from British punk s first wave alongside Ingham’s inimitable prose, this volume constitutes a rare from-the-trenches report on the UK punk explosion from one of its original participants. Ingham captures the sense of adventure Jon Savage describes in the book’s introduction, “It was all hurtling towards something, everyone could feel it. What that something turned out to be is now known, but it wasn’t then.” John Ingham’s writing has appeared in The Observer, The Guardian, Rolling Stone, NME, CREEM, Mojo, Uncut, The Word, and a number of anthologies. He will be joined by Will Hermes, author of Love Goes to Buildings on Fire and contributor to Rolling Stone and NPR.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

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