Pre-sale of the week is the Live ’76 box set by Sex Pistols, out on 19 August.
A fantastic live collection to celebrate the 40th anniversary of punk this summer. It was the summer of ’76 and the Sex Pistols were causing havoc up and down the country.
• 4th June, Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester – Recently voted one of the most important concerts of all time, alongside Woodstock and Live Aid. Although thousands claim to have been at the gig, only a handful of people were actually there. It’s reported that Morrissey, who went on to form the Smiths, was present as well as two lads who went on to form Joy Division.
• 29th August, Screen on the Green, Islington – More widely known for its cinema screenings this famous gig called ‘Midnight Special’ was organised by Malcolm Maclaren and saw support from The Clash and Buzzcocks. Legend has it that magazine journalists and record company staff attempting to gain entry were reported to have been barred entry and told to ‘f*** off’.
• 17th September, HM Prison, Chelmsford – This live show took place at Chelmsford Maximum Security Prison. It was said that Malcolm Maclaren wanted to play unusual non rock ’n’ roll places.
• 25th September, 76 Club, Burton on Trent – Originally made its way around fans as a bootleg.
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