VIVE LE ROCK scribe Alex Ogg has helped with a new book coming out about THE SEX PISTOLS by Trygve Mathiesen.
Release of new Sex Pistols book and photos, with a set from TV Smith
at Rough Trade East, Brick Lane, London, Friday August 27th, 2010 at 6pm!
"Banned in the UK - Sex Pistols exiled to Oslo 1977"
This new book about the Sex Pistols’ concert at Pingvin Club in Oslo, Norway, July 20, 1977, written by Trygve Mathiesen with Harry Nordskog as co-researcher, contains witness reports from the band’s press conference, gig and after parties, and a full list of spectators at this legendary concert.
Punk author Alex Ogg calls the book 'a forensic examination' on the rear cover.
CONTAINS 47 PREVIOUSLY UNPUBLISHED SEX PISTOLS PHOTOS
Besides first-hand recollections of the actual gig, analysis of what was said during the press conference and the band’s impact in Scandinavia, the book presents 47 previously unpublished photos, many in colour.
ALEX OGG about the book:
"Sex Pistols’ Scandinavian tour of 1977, with the band at the height of their notoriety, saw the curious and the concerned gather to gawp and gaze. On the night of July 20, the tiny Pingvin Club in Oslo saw its official capacity of 200 overcrowded, the audience a mixture of the bohemian and the bemused, including bearded hippies with the legend Sex Pistols inelegantly scrawled on their jumpers.
Trygve Mathiesen’s tale is a forensic examination of forces surrounding the band at a specific time and place when the possibilities were still endless, even though their eventual collapse was only months away. Using original shorthand notes from the group’s press call, Johnny Rotten is at his most articulate and forthright, with Sid Vicious playing the punk rock delinquent of popular myth to a tee. Just as illuminating, however, are the first-hand testimonies of those who witnessed their show at the Pingvin, and the ripple effect that ensued. As Asle Kristiansen observes, one of dozens of eyewitnesses interviewed, ‘it was probably the first time in 15 years that rock was ‘dirty’ again’.”
Alex Ogg is author of No More Heroes: A Complete History of UK Punk from 1976 to 1980 and Independence Days – The Story of UK Independent Record Labels.