Rediscovered Sex Pistols photos from 1977


Wednesday 19th September 2012

The resurgence in interest in the Sex Pistols, surrounding the much anticipated, remastered, rerelease of "Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols" (out September 24th) has turned up not only long lost recordings from 1977, but also some never seen before images of the band from the Silver Jubilee year. The photos by Dave Wainwright show the Pistols perfectly on the Jubilee boat trip in 1977, contextualising the seminal "God Save The Queen" perfectly.

(Above) John Lydon and Sid Vicious performing on board The Jubilee boat trip. Photo: Dave Wainwright.

(Above & below) John Lydon (Rotten) and Sid Vicious, projecting their now iconic punk personas. Photos: Dave Wainwright.

(Below) Proof that Union Jack bunting is not a new idea. Photo: Dave Wainwright.

And here, if anyone needs reminding is "God Save The Queen", the track that created much of the famous controversy, along with Jamie Reid's album cover and its eight letter shocker.

The album boxset also includes lots of visual rarities to add further cultural references of the time, including these reproduced front covers, demonstrating the impact that the album made in 1977.

The front page of The Sun from November 25th 1977 (above) reports on the removal of the LPs cover from a record shop window in Nottingham by the police, following complaints from a passing bus driver. The Melody Maker, from March of the same year (below), reports on the Pistols' record company turmoils.

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