(Belfast): [ca. 1977-1981]. Wraps. Folio. Commercial (Dickinson Robinson brand) scrapbook, containing 16 leaves, all with newspaper and magazine clippings pertaining to the Sex Pistols adhered with glue and sticky tack. 40 pieces, with many full- page and double- page spreads. Clippings with publication details include Super Sonic (Oct. 1979), New Musical Express (July, August, Dec. 1978, Feb., July, Dec. 1979), Sounds, Pink, Smash Hits, Sunday People (Feb. 1979), Daily Mirror (Feb. 1979), and the Irish Independent (Feb. 1979). Also includes, in a clear plastic sleeve, 50+ loose clippings, from inch-square images of Rotten to large NME double-page spreads. Several multi-page articles, including “ The Punk Process” by Jon Savage (The Face), as well as selections from Smash Hits (April 1979), Record Mirror (June 1979), NME (Feb., April, Oct. 1979, Feb., June 1980), Super Sonic, Pink, Starlight (April 1979), Boy Oh Boy!, and The Face (Dec. 1981). Overall about very good with moderate wear and soil. The sticky tacked clippings on several leaves detached but present. Very good. Item #21788
A fascinating selection of Sex Pistols fandom assembled by one Eileen Walsh, who the provenance suggests was a sixteen years old Belfast teen when she began. Collected from a variety of magazines (NME, Super Sonic, Sounds, Sunday People, Smash Hits, Pink Super Star, the Irish Independent), the collection is striking for its relative emphasis on teen-mag style "heartthrob" mags, not typically associated with the Pistols (who were, after all, in many ways a boy band): “Aaaah, the lovely Johnny! A dead cert for the Top Three in anybody’s chart! He’s so cute, you can forget all those stupid spitting ‘n ’ swearing scenes the Pistols staged to get noticed. Johnny’s quite acceptable now.” The first clipping dates from October 1977, and the next is from July 1978, after the band had already broken up. The scrapbook tracks the band's publicity after their breakup, through Sid Vicious' death (Feb. 1979) and the 1980 film THE GREAT ROCK N' ROLL SWINDLE. While the clippings lean heavily on Johnny Rotten, there are plenty of Sid and the band, plus several clippings about Sid’s death: “Sid’ s Last Exit After Orgy,” “The Fix,” “Sid Vicious Drugs Death,” “Final Curtain of a Violent Young Life,” and “Sid Vicious – Now a Poison Probe.” An unexpected vernacular archive of punk, much of it now undoubtedly lost to time.