Destroy: A Photographic Archive of the Sex Pistols, 1977

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Punk rock-one of the most crucial and influential cultural movements of the 20th century-was epitomised by the Sex Pistols. And during the band's most formidable year, 1977, they had just one official photographer who documented and consequently defined this pivotal era-Dennis Morris.

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Destory is a unique collection that has become a landmark work in music history. With unlimited access to the band, Morris documented their video shoots, the infamous Thames River boat-trip and their chaotic Swedish and UK Spots tours, right up to their departure for America in 1978-where it all fell apart.

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Confrontational and anarchic live shots are interwoven with previously unglimpsed moments of the band; Johnny, Sid, Steve and Paul, backstage and off the road. The book also contains candid shots of band associates ranging from manager Malcolm McLaren to future PIL bassist Jah Wobble and the ill-fated Nancy Spungen

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Documenting the originators of an iconoclastic period in youth culture, music and fashion in over 170 classic b/w photographs, Destory is the ultimate Sex Pistols photo book.

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• New colour cover, new ISBN, new lower price
?• Released to tie in with the "25 Years Of Punk" celebrations
?• New expanded edition includes an original interview with photographer, Dennis Morris
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"The most charismatic band of all time at their chaotic, royalty-baiting best"-Bizarre

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Dennis Morris was the Sex Pistols official photographer. Inspired by the tradition of war photography, his 'documentary' approach enabled him to fully capture the pain, joy and anarchic spirit of the Sex Pistols and punk in general. His earlier subjects have included Bob Marley, and he is still actively working. He lives in London, England.

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Destroy is a photographic account of the 12 months leading up to the group's burn-out, freeze-framing each shell-shocked band member. The minutiae is irresistible: timely Gang of Four graffiti on a toilet wall, Vivienne Westwood already old enough to know better; a young Richard Branson looking like a displaced member of The Eagles. It's appeal should reach beyond the nostalgists to those eager to discover more about a watershed year in popular music. -- Q

Dennis Morris ended up taking the first official shots of the Sex Pistols, at the personal request of Johnny rotten. They were both 18. The results of these, and subsequent sessions, are lavishly produced in their black-and-white glory in Destroy, picturing the most charismatic band of all time at their wild-eyed, royalty-baiting, chaos-inducing best. -- Bizarre

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