Might be of interest to some - can't help feeling there's not that much more to say on the issue, but I'll watch anyway, mainly for the aftermath bit...
Friday 8 June
Punk Britannia: Punk 76-78
This three-part music documentary series traces the historic cosmology, meteoric impact and smouldering aftermath of a transformative force in British popular music history - punk. This second episode focuses on Punk between 1976-78.
Daydreaming England was about to be rudely awakened as punk emerged from the London underground scene. A nation dropped its dinner in its lap when Sex Pistols swore on prime-time television and punk had finally found its enemy - the Establishment.
In Manchester The Buzzcocks self-released Spiral Scratch was a clarion call for a do-it-yourself generation while The Clash’s White Riot tour took Punk’s message across Britain.
Moral outrage followed the Pistols around the country effectively outlawing punk but there was one refuge for the music.
Nestled in the wasteland of 70s Covent Garden, The Roxy was punk's cathedral. Punk interlopers The Jam raised the bar for lyricism challenging Punk’s London elite and the genre also began to extend its three chord vocabulary through an alliance with reggae music, memorably captured by The Clash on White Man in Hammersmith Palais.
With their second single, God Save The Queen, Sex Pistols scored a direct hit at the Establishment in the summer of ‘77 but a disastrous PR stunt on a Thames barge would mark a turning point.
The darker underbelly of the summer of 77 would see race riots in Lewisham and this street turbulence was the backdrop for a rawer, working class sound. By ‘78 punk was becoming a costume - the pop orthodoxy it had originally sought to destroy.
For many, punk ended when the Pistols split, beset by internal problems, following an abortive tour of the USA in Jan 78 but the practitioners who would go on to enjoy sustained success sought to modify their sound to survive like Siouxsie Sioux, who continues to attract respect by recently being awarded The Inspiration Award at the recent Ivor Novello Awards. Punk had shown what it was against, now it was time to show what it was for in the post-punk era.
With John Lydon, Mick Jones, Siouxsie Sioux and Paul Weller.