Print the Truth, Not the Legend: Sex Pistols, Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester, 4 June 1976

Sean Albiez

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    Abstract

    The Sex Pistols first performance at Manchester?s Lesser Free Trade Hall (LFTH) on 4 June 1976 has become widely accredited as ?year zero? in the history of Mancunian rock music. It is claimed those in attendance experienced a personal epiphany and proceeded to change the fortunes of both the local music scene, and eventually the future development of Anglo-American rock. Perhaps more than any other performance in this collection, the gig is understood to have had an immediate and profound local impact. This study will propose that it may indeed have contributed something to the development of broad based alliances between twenty-something Mancunian musical activists, disaffected musicians and young music fans in a small but vibrant scene. But it will also suggest that the LFTH gig on the 4 June 1976 may have been only been one of several Sex Pistol?s related events in Manchester that acted as a catalyst to kick-start the scene.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPerformance and Popular Music
    Subtitle of host publicationHistory, Place and Time
    EditorsI. Inglis
    Place of PublicationAbingdon
    PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

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