Jon Savage - England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols And Punk Rock (1991)
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The Best Books About Music
30. Jon Savage - England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols And Punk Rock (1991)
The definitive book on the whole punk phenomenon, Savage plots the history of the movement via the central protagonist Malcolm McLaren, from his time as an art student in the late-1960s, briefly managing the New York Dolls in the early 1970s to mashing together fetish clothing with 50s-styled garage rock in the shape of the Sex Pistols. The book dips into all the offshoots and spin offs, and winds up as the 1980s dawn with Sid Vicious dead, the crappy movie The Great Rock And Roll Swindle in the cinemas and McLaren trying to manage Boy George. Some of the chapters are artfully obtuse, but the central story is gripping.