Calling all Punks

I have been contacted by BBC4 on the look out for old punks with an opinion….here’ what they said;

Were you a Punk back in the 1970s?

We are looking to speak to people who lived through the early years of the Punk culture in the 70s for a BBC 4 documentary on the history of music and fashion in post-war Britain.

We are particularly interested in hearing from people who fully embraced the Punk fashions and style and perhaps still own a few pieces of key fashion items.

If you can identify with this and wouldn’t mind speaking to a member of the team about your experiences please contact ljoyner@oxfordscientificfilms.tv

So feel free to contact Lucy, I have, it takes 10 minutes and you could end up on TV…..

Beats of Freedom – Polish Punk History

A friend of mine put me on to this youtube video, Beats of Freedom, made by Chris Salewicz. It tells the story of the influence of Polish Rock music of which Punk Rock was a major part during a time when the country was going through a turbulent time in its history.

It has some similarities with the rise of UK Punk in the fact that the bands were singing about the state of their lives, their country and their politics but without the freedom we in the UK take for granted. For instance all lyrics had to be passed through a government department before they could be given airtime.

There is a great quote credited to Charlie Harper who said that ‘the Poles had to write in poetry where he could just sing about whatever he wanted’.

The video is over an hour long but well worth a listen….its something any 70’s punk can empathise with, and indeed shows us ho lucky we were…even in those bad days.

 

 

Stuff

It feels like ages since I’ve added anything to the blog, and to be honest it has been……ah well.  Anyway, Rebellion is looming and it brings me to highlight one of the great things about the festival. At the B&B I stay at there are a couple of guys from Leicester and we get chatting every day. One of them has a son in a band, Ivy Mike, and he gave my Brother in Law a CD of theirs and I now have a copy……and its pretty good. I have had a look on Youtube and the below is a track by them called trees…..fucking ace I’d say…..

Its a link because I cant remember how to embed 🙂

Just wanted to say I am really pissed off because I was hoping to see the Rabble this year but they have ‘taken a break’…..not fuckin happy at all…….Definately feels like its going to be an OI! fest this year.

I also had to cancel part two of my sleeve…the car needed work and the garage needed money….

Anyway, I have now posted and can look forward to Rebellion without feeling guilty. Who knows, I may even write something else before then.

 

 

 

 

What I Want For Xmas

It would be quite fashionable here to wish for things like world peace, an end to starvation in the world, a roof over everyones head….but bollocks, its christmas and this is what I really want..

1. A ticket for Rebellion. As I’ve already promised the missus I won’t go (due to being away with the day job) I really don’t think Santa will be providing this.

2. Two tickets to see the Specials. They went on sale Friday (for the local gig) and when I phoned on Saturday they’d sold out. I will not pay tout prices no matter who it is.

3. A copy of John Lydons Scrapbook…again sold out so not much hope there….

Its not really that much to ask for is it?

 

Johnny Rotten Tattoo

I’ve been promising myself a tattoo sleeve for some years and I’ve finally got round to getting it started. I manged to get some in process shots on my phone so you can see how he’s gone from a stencil/burns victim to a pretty good image…..I’m very happy with it.

If you are interested I got it in Dragstrip Tattoo, Bitterne, Southampton and Duncan was the artist.

Johnny Rotten tattoo