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This book about the legendary Sex Pistols concert at Pingvin Club in
Oslo July 20, 1977, written by Trygve Mathiesen with Harry Nordskog as co-researcher, contains lots of previously unpublished photos of the group, witness reports from the bands press conference, gig and after parties, and the complete list of spectators at this legendary concert. Besides first-hand re-tale of the actual gig, Mathiesen and great analyses of the Sex Pistols philosophy and influence on the music business. As eyewitness Asle Kristiansen observes, «it was probably the first time in 15 years that rock was ‘dirty’ again».
ALEX OGG about the book:
«Sex Pistols’ Scandinavian tour of 1977, with the band at the height of their notoriety, saw the curious and the concerned gather togawp and gaze. On the night of July 20, the tiny Pingvin Club in Oslo saw its official capacity of 200 overcrowded, the audience a mixture of the bohemian and the bemused, including bearde hippies with the legend Sex Pistols inelegantly scrawled on their jumpers.
Trygve Mathiesen’s tale is a forensic examination of forces surrounding the band at a specific time and place when the possibilities were still endless, even though their eventual collapse was only months away. Using original shorthand notes from the group’s press call, Johnny Rotten is at his most articulate and forthright, with Sid Vicious playing the punk rock delinquent of popular myth to a tee. Just as illuminating, however, are the first-hand testimonies of those who witnessed their show at the Pingvin, and the ripple effect that ensued. As Asle Kristiansen observes, one of dozens of eyewitnesses interviewed, «it was probably the first time in 15 years that rock was ‘dirty’ again».
Alex Ogg is author of No More Heroes: A Complete History of UK Punk
from 1976 to 1980 and Independence Days – The Story of
UK Independent Record Labels.
«SID’S NORWEGIAN ROMANCE» tells the inside story of a surprisingly sweet romance between Sid Vicious and the Norwegian teenager Teddie Dahlin during the Sex Pistols’ two-day stay in Trondheim in 1977.
ALEX OGG about the book:
«SID’S NORWEGIAN ROMANCE» tells the inside story of a surprisingly sweet romance between Sid Vicious and the Norwegian teenager Teddie Dahlin during the Sex Pistols’ two-day stay in Trondheim in 1977. Teddie worked for the band as assistant and translator and her highly personal story gives a unique insight into the band’s internal dynamic. While other Pistols associates and band members were by now hardened road warriors, Teddie’s crystal clear recollections are those of an innocent 16-year-old thrown into a world of surreal excess. Instead of the self-destructive caricature of Sid Vicious of popular myth, he is revealed as a troubled, vulnerable but emotionally generous young man; both fixed to the Pistols’ ongoing narrative but also psychologically detached from it.
Accompanied by more than 50 previously unpublished photographs of the band both off stage and playing at Samfundet in Trondheim, the book provides a rare first-hand view of four young men at the eye of an international media storm, labouring under the sudden weight of expectation on their shoulders. Trygve Mathiesen’s research into the two days the Pistols spent in Trondheim is thorough and revealing, covering both the poignant and the prosaic. The group who would tear up the rock ‘n’ roll rulebook, buy jeans, eat ice cream, fall in love and cause a riot, set to a backdrop of a Norwegian culture attempting to understand and assimilate this frantic, fast-moving moment in history.
– Alex Ogg