Sex Pis­tols

1977 – The Bol­locks Diaries

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Everett True

In be­tween the chaos and the moraloutrage head­lines and the oc­ca­sional gig, that’s what comes across most. The most fun to be had from this de­light­ful tease of a cash-in book is look­ing at all the pho­to­graphs and clip­pings: here’s the lads mug­ging it up next to the Ber­lin Wall; here’s Sid talk­ing to a cop­per; there’s a Jamie Reid Ju­bilee mug and but­ton set; there’s a mar­vel­lous shot of Vir­gin Records And Tapes all graf­fiti-ed over to pro­mote Bol­locks. The Sun front pages, Evening Stan­dard front pages – ‘Po­lice move in on Punk Rock Shops’ (above a telling “We don’t lean – Mag­gie”). And in be­tween, rec­ol­lec­tions from those Who Were There – Tem­ple, West­wood, Ly­don suit­ably sar­donic and cut­ting, Jones and Mat­lock, en­gi­neers, sec­re­taries… all beau­ti­fully de­signed and framed, lift­ing it above the stan­dard ‘In Their

Own Words’ mould. Os­ten­si­bly, the story of an era-shak­ing al­bum. In ac­tu­al­ity, a blast.

It was a right old laugh.

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