When punk first broke in the UK in 1976, music journalist John Ingham was on hand to document the rupture and the rowdiness. Fascinated by the music, fashion, and intrinsic iconoclasm of a little-known outfit called the Sex Pistols, Ingham conducted the band’s first interview, partied with its members, and even bailed Sid Vicious out of jail. Ingham also documented the group’s early evolution at legendary gigs shared with other pioneering punk bands including The Damned, The Clash, The Buzzcocks, and more. Spirit of 76: London Punk Eyewitness is the revelatory collection of Ingham’s photography and fly-on-the-spray-painted-wall reporting of the punk movement from its most raucous, bewildering beginnings. Containing the only color photos from British punk’s first wave alongside Ingham’s inimitable prose, this volume constitutes a rare from-the-floor report on the UK punk explosion from one of its original participants.
Vic Goddard & Subway Sect – “Chain Smoking”
Rank Xerox – “Sterile Regions”