From the 13th May to the 2nd October, The British Library are holding a free exhibition, Punk 1976-78, that reveals the extraordinary impact punk had on music, fashion and design across the UK between 1976 and 1978.
Celebrating the 40th anniversary of punk, the exhibition will explore its roots in the French Situationist movement and New York City art-rock scene through to the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols. It will also consider how the culturally and socially explosive phenomenon of punk rapidly transformed Britain’s musical landscape, playing a pivotal role in the rise of the independent music scene and challenging the conventional image of women in rock bands. Fill out the form below to win tickets to selected events and discussions.
Dr. Martens are proud to sponsor The British Library’s Punk 1976-78, and are giving you the chance to win tickets to selected screenings. Take a look at events that you could attend, and fill in the form below for a chance to win tickets:
9 June – Buzzcocks in their own words
Buzzcocks are one of the best loved punk bands – producing a string of singles that remain of pop classics. Founder members Steve Diggle and Pete Shelley and original manager Richard Boon talk about their musical story to radio host, and journalist Colleen Murphy. In association with Classic Album Sundays.
10 June – The Story of the She Punks
Punk transformed the position of women in music. Film and conversation with some of the key figures in this revolution. With Gina Birch (The Raincoats), Helen Reddington (Helen McCookerybook of The Chefs), Jane Woodgate (The Mo-Dettes) and Tessa Pollitt (The Slits). Chaired by Miranda Sawyer.
23 June – Ezra Furman on The Velvet Underground: Punk Pioneers
An intimate evening with genre-fluid American singer-songwriter Ezra Furman reflecting on The Velvet Underground’s influence on punk and their musical legacy. Ezra will be in conversation and performing covers of their songs.
24 June – An Evening with John Lydon
One of the most recognisable figures in the history of music gives his one and only live interview of the year – 40 years on from his notoriety as Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols.
4 July – Hey! Ho! Let’s Go!: The Day the Ramones Ignited Punk.
New York’s Ramones played London’s Roundhouse this day in 1976: a show that had a massive influence on UK music. Hear the story with their legendary manager Danny Fields and other special guests. Plus a screening of the documentary Danny Says.
14 July – Faber Social with Jon Savage and Viv Albertine.
With Jon Savage, seminal writer on punk, and Viv Albertine, inspirational guitarist of The Slits in conversation with Kate Mossmann. Plus DJ Scratchy, tour DJ for The Clash.
9 Sept – Punky Reggae Party: The Story of Rock Against Racism
How black and white bands collaborated in a huge movement against a resurgent National Front.
With musicians Tom Robinson and Dennis Bovell and RAR founding members Kate Webb and Lucy Whitman.
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Please note that this competition is open to UK residents only, and closes on the 5th June. Winners will be contacted directly.
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