Sunday, May 22, 2005

The power to influence and offend

Via Mr. Hill, the new Urbis exhibition, punk: sex, seditionaries and the sex pistols
"Rediscover the fashion, music and graphic design surrounding the Sex Pistols which rejected the establishment, and in the process became a cultural phenomenon. Punk charts the relationships between the Sex Pistols, Malcom McLaren, Vivenne Westwood and Jamie Reid and the designs, fashion and cultural icons they collectively created.

Featured in the exhibition are previously unseen items including outrageous anti-fashion creations from McLaren and Westwood’s shop SEX (later Seditionaries), some owned by Sex Pistols band members, original handwritten lyrics from songs on Never Mind the Bollocks, rare designs of promotional items and album covers, and photographs from the Sex Pistols on tour.

Punk shows how this collection of work achieved iconic status and still has the power to influence and offend. Punk also features rare material and objects illustrating the Manchester punk scene of the time, curated from private Manchester collections."

I've only been to Manchester once, and briefly, but I fell in love with the place. The people were excessive: they laughed too loud, wore clothes too tight, fought too much, drank too much, worked too hard. They were beautiful. Old and new physically chafe there, rubbing the city raw. It was beautiful. [.]


Women in punk

Review of 'Punk Rock: So What? The Cultural Legacy of Punk'

"I would rather fill my head up with the romance of revolutionary significance than admit that we have emptied the last dregs of meaning out of the whole damn thing. For to do so would be to acknowledge that yes, punk is dead, and we were born far too late in the day to so anything more than kiss its arse goodbye..."


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