SHOREDITCH: 40 YEARS OF PUNK

  • The Society Club 3 Cheshire Street London, E2 6ED United Kingdom

On 6th November 1975, one of the most shamelessly crude bands of all time played their first concert at St. Martin's College of Art in London. This November 6th marks the 40th anniversary of that gig.

The Sex Pistols were the creation of entrepreneur and impresario Malcolm McLaren. McLaren, owner of the London clothes boutique Sex, wanted to create a rock & roll act that would challenge every established notion of propriety. Having advised the New York Dolls and MC5, McLaren planed to develop a punk scene on what he had witnessed emerging in Lower Manhattan.

Perhaps one of the most important figures in New York at the time associated with this scene was Danny Fields. We are honoured to welcome, Danny to The Society Club who will read from Please Kill Me – a book that is dedicated to Danny by its writers Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil. Danny Fields is one of the most influential figures in the history of punk, as a journalist, as a manager and also as an instigator. The list of artists he has worked with includes Iggy Pop and The Stooges, MC5, The Modern Lovers, Jim Morrison and The Doors, The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed and The Ramones.

In 1975, Fields discovered The Ramones at CBGB. Fields brought the band to England on 4th July 1976, where they had an enormous impact, inspiring the incipient English punk movement, including such bands as The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. The 1980 Ramones album End of the Century includes the track Danny Says, about Fields.  Danny Says is also the name of a documentary about Danny that was shown at sold-out screenings in London last month.

We are also proud to welcome hardened road warrior and refined cultural philosopher Stephen ‘Roadent’ Conolly, roadie to to bands such as The Sex Pistols and The Clash who will tell tales of the English punk scene.

We will be playing on a loop throughout the evening, Punk in London directed by Wolfgang Büld, the first UK documentary on punk that was banned by the BBC in 1977.