SEX PISTOLS - POISON IN THE MACHINE

SEX PISTOLS - POISON IN THE MACHINE

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SEX PISTOLS - POISON IN THE MACHINE

An analytical look into Malcolm Maclaren's involvement in the Sex Pistols rise to infamy. A Charlatan, a perverse opportunist, a sonman, but nonetheless a genius at creating situations to provoke and disrupt. 

Often times called a "boy band", to dilute their power which I strongly disagree. the Sex Pistols were a real band and I think Malcolm was a 5th member. He couldn't play an instrument but he could pull strings. Love him or hate him, respect or undermine the Sex Pistols. You couldn't avoid them even if you tried, they completely changed the trajectory of music and that would be just ridiculous to not admire. 


The explosive story of the Sex Pistols is now so familiar that the essence of what they represented has been lost in a fog of nostalgia and rock ’n’ roll cliché. In 1976 the rise of the Sex Pistols was regarded in apocalyptic terms, and the punks as visitors from an unwanted future bringing chaos and confusion. In this book, John Scanlan considers the Sex Pistols as the first successful art project of their manager, Malcolm McLaren, a vision born out of radical politics, boredom, and his deep and unrelenting talent for perverse opportunism. As Scanlan shows, McLaren deliberately set a collision course with establishments, both conservative and counter-cultural, and succeeded beyond his highest expectations.

Scanlan tells the story of how McLaren’s project—designed, in any case, to fail—foundered on the development of the Pistols into a great rock band and the inconvenient artistic emergence of John Lydon. Moving between London and New York, and with a fascinating cast of delinquents, petty criminals, and misfits, Sex Pistols: Poison in the Machine is not just a book about a band, it is about the times, the ideas, the coincidences, and the characters that made punk; that ended with the Sex Pistols—beaten, bloody, and overdosed—sensationally self-destructing on stage in San Francisco in January 1978; and that transformed popular culture throughout the world.


Hardcover

240 pages