England's Dreaming, Revised Edition Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock, and Beyond

Jon Savage; With a new introduction by the author

St. Martin's Griffin

0312288220

9780312288228

Trade Paperback

656 Pages

$25.99

CAD29.99

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Winner of the 1993 Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award

Originally published in the United States in 1992, England's Dreaming defined what we know about the movement known as punk and its stars, from Sex Pistols to the Clash, Billy Idol to Iggy Pop. Savage's exhaustive account of the brief shining moment when punk ruled the cultural scene is a richly researched and highly readable book that's become a classic in the ten years since publication. This 2002 edition is updated throughout, with a current discography and a completely new introduction by the author.

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Praise for England's Dreaming, Revised Edition

"This account of the Sex Pistols is sure to become the definitive history of the English punk movement . . . You could not ask for a livelier, more impartial study."—The New York Times Book Review

"Savage transforms the Pistols' tale into an intellectual epic . . . England's Dreaming is a no-nonsense rendering of punk's undetermined glory."—Village Voice Literary Supplement

"Swarming with interesting factoids, authoritative source interviews, and colorful anecdotal reportage, massive in narrative . . . Savage's dense, scrupulously researched history of punk is a work of brilliant sociological summation and a compelling tale besides."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Brilliantly executed. It's a remarkable story, remarkably told . . . A bracing mixture of musicology, sociology, media analysis, and political commentary—should stand as the last word on its subject for years to come."—Billboard

"Packed with incisive social analysis, [Savage] chronicles the lurid yet surprisingly complex rise and fall of Britain's quintessential punk band, the Sex Pistols. Taking his title from the lyrics of the band's 'God Save the Queen' ('There is no future, in England's dreaming. No future for you, no future for me'), Savage begins with a description of the nihilistic, in-your-face fashion world in which Malcolm McLaren, the group's manager, got his start. [He] describes McLaren's apparently seething, opportunistic ambition, and the 'miasma' of violence that followed the Sex Pistols from an early, foulmouthed TV interview to a gruesome tour across America's South and the drug-induced death of bass player Sid Vicious. Throughout, Savage provides much intriguing background information, especially about the suffocating nature of recession-hit 1970s England, along with illuminating quotes from dozens of sources. His narrative is filled with pithy insights . . . A compelling and intelligent narrative that's as much about the nature of anarchy as about the Sex Pistols and punk rock."—Kirkus Reviews

"An exceptional book: dead serious and achingly funny, full of delicate complex emotions about the most brutally simple form of pop music ever created."—Entertainment Weekly

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Jon Savage began writing about music in 1977 and has covered the music scene for U.S. and international publications ever since. His books include The Kinks: The Official Biography and Time Travel, a collection of articles. He lives in West London.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Jon Savage; With a new introduction by the author

  • Jon Savage began writing about music in 1976 and has covered the music scene for U.S. and international publications ever since. His books include The Kinks: The Official Biography and Time Travel, a collection of articles. He lives in North Wales.
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