Punk+ Rare photos from the early days of British punk


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Man they are awesome. Lydon looks like Thom Yorke. Billy Idol is a freaking baby. Siouxsie Sioux looks exactly like Siouxsie Sioux.

Billy Idol is a freaking baby? What about Sid Vicious!


He looks so cute I want to pinch his cheeks.

Guess I could say the same but one decade later. Maybe it was something in the water but the DIY aspect just came naturally to us in the Texas punk scene of the 80s. I’d publish my own photo book of that scene but the negatives of the shots I took are all long gone.

Despite being born here and living here all my life I still cannot work out why a tiny damp island, smaller than most (all?) US states, produced The Beatles, Punk, Led Zeppelin, Bowie etc etc, …artists who changed not just music but the world cultural landscape.

I sometimes wonder if it was the emphasis in the 50s and 60s on creative subjects taught in schools.
Yes, the very aspect of education which the current tory government deems so irrelevant that it barely figures on the national curriculum.

(It would be foolish of course to ignore the optimism about the future engendered by a hopeful post-war nation, but why the UK?)

If you look at photos of the pre-Capitol / Hamburg era Beatles, it doesn’s seem like a very radical shift at all.

Yeah. John Roderick ain’t havin it. http://www.seattleweekly.com/2013-03-06/music/punk-rock-is-bullshit/

Y’all may have made punk famous, but we invented it.

Its a really good point, but I have to comment on your size comparison. The U.K. is bigger than most U.S. states, though not by much. I found this handy website while researching this:


That shows that the U.K. is about the size of Oregon, and half the size of California, but 70 times the size of Rhonde Island, for example.

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