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Holidays in the Sun: The Sex Pistols at the Seaside

Smith, Peter (2015) Holidays in the Sun: The Sex Pistols at the Seaside. Popular Music and Society, 38 (4). pp. 487-499. ISSN 0300-7766

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This article analyzes early performances by the Sex Pistols in the North of England, in particular a performance at the White Horse Inn, Whitby, on 11 September 1976, and another at the Penthouse Club, Scarborough, on 24 August 1977—both of which the author attended. The article uses an approach based on Vallack's methodology for valid, first-person research and the schema proposed by Auslander to analyze the performances in terms of the performer, the performance, the audience, and the context. I also relate my analysis to literature on punk culture, and performance, in an attempt to understand the essence of early UK punk rock.

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Depositing User: Michelle Marshall


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Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2017 16:15
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2018 14:15


Author: Peter Smith

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