Jann S. Wenner
Dangerous. Anarchistic. Virulent. Crude. You could take the Sex Pistols as they were or get out.
The Sex Pistols triggered the punk-rock movement by running a scorched earth campaign, calling out everyone from the music industry to the queen.
Jann Wenner Inducts and Accepts for the Sex PistolsJann Wenner Inducts and Accepts for the Sex Pistols at the 2006 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
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Hall of Fame Essay
Odd what comes hurtling down the hallways of memory when I think of the Sex Pistols being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I recall sitting on the balcony of my flat in Westboume Park, London, in the summer of 1975 with a fellow rock scribe named Pete Erskine, a pretty young man with floppy blond hair, and the way the sunlight dappled the garden as he laconically drawled, “Hey, this guy Malcolm McLaren’s asked me to join a new band. They’re called the Sex Pistols.”
Pete was very funny, and I remember how he paused before delivering the group’s name — the punch line — and how he scrutinized my face for the expected look of surprise at the outrageous name, swiftly followed by laughter, both of which I delivered on cue.
We’re not your monkeys, and so what?
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