20 July, 1969.
A hot summer’s evening on a farm in the middle of Norway.
I’m watching Armstrong’s moon landing live on TV.:
«One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.»
8 years later.
20 July 1977.
A hot summer’s evening in a bar in the middle of Oslo.
I’m watching the Sex Pistols play live at the Pingvin Club.
«One small step for four men, one giant leap for music.»
The small venue is simmering with anticipation, sweat, alcohol, aggression, uncertainty – and irritation. We have waited almost half an hour without any announcements. No-one knows what we are about to experience, but we sense that it will be something extraor- dinary. Suddenly, we see four skinny lads storm through the hall, and just seconds after they jump up onto the low stage, the room explodes in an inferno of noise that shocks even the most experienced of concert-goers among us. We cannot hear the vocals or the music, we just feel the bass in our rib cages, the drums in our thighs and the vocals pound our temples. Still absorbing the acoustic shock, the two hundred young people in the room are slung into a Dante’s inferno – of premature, fumbling, but aggressive pogo dancing; someone swings from a canopy at the back of the hall, when suddenly, a beer bottle – or was it an ashtray? – ies through the air and unbelievably hits Johnny Rotten in the face. Sid Vicious charges from the stage and tries to hit the closest spectators with the neck of his bass guitar until Johnny Rotten and Steve Jones manage to drag him back on stage.
Some 20 minutes later, the concert ends as abruptly as it started.
The two hundred stunned eyewitnesses at the Pingvin Club probably had the hottest musical experience of their lives. In this cauldron of a gig few of us had the intellectual realisation that we were in the middle of a crossroads for rock music, but emotionally it penetrated and energised every nerve in our bodies.
The importance of punk and the Sex Pistols for the development of rock was very much underrated then – and it still is, even by fans of rock music.
Not one of us who attended that gig at the Pingvin Club on 20 July 1977 has forgotten it. Nor have those who were not there but wish they had been.
This is why we have devoted a book to a 35-minute gig, 40 years on.
Jon Morten Melhus
Publisher of the book
«Banned in the UK – Sex Pistols Exiled to Oslo»
by Trygve Mathiesen with co-researcher Harry Nordskog
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Boken om norgeshistoriens mest legendariske rockekonsert.
Norges mest kritikerroste musikkbok:
Mytene om Sex Pistols sagnomsuste konsert på Pingvin Club 20. juli 1977 foreligger nå i bokform, og hvilken unik samling vitneskildringer har ikke dette blitt! En rekke genuine gjenfortellinger og minner av hva som faktisk skjedde da punken kom til hovedstaden og rocken ble gjenfødt i Norge.
Boken følger Sex Pistols fra de ankommer Oslo, via intervjuer, pressekonferanse, soundcheck, konsert, backstage, nachspiel etter nachspiel, til de forlater byen neste morgen. Forfatter Trygve Mathiesen, som har skrevet hovedverket om norsk punk, “Tre grep og sannheten”, setter i en grundig og dyp analyse Sex Pistols og punken inn i et musikkhistorisk og samfunnsmessig perspektiv .
Store deler av musikkbransjen påstår i ettertid at de var der, flere tusen, sies det, – men det var bare plass til drøyt 200, og vi offentliggjør, etter omfattende research, for første gang listen på alle som var der.
Boken, som inneholder 47 tidligere upubliserte fotos av Sex Pistols, er utgitt på engelsk. Den er lekkert designet av Bjørn Kulset, så det er blitt en flott bok for musikkinteresserte både i Norge og utlandet.
Banned in the UK – Sex Pistols exiled to Oslo 1977
Av Trygve Mathiesen. Co-researcher: Harry Nordskog
- ISBN 9788299716642
- Pris: Kr 299,-
- 128 sider softcover, format 21,6 x 22,5 cm
- 4 farger, gjennomillustrert.
- Språk: Engelsk
- Bestill boken her
- The photographic content is sensational – the book is worth buying for this alone
(– Phil Singleton, sex-pistols.net)
- A single Pistols gig, explored in depth. Mathiesen paints a vivid picture of what proved to be yet another Pistols show that inspired many of its audience to go out and form bands of their own.
(– Shane Baldwin, Records Collector)
- This book is fabulous! I highly recommend this
(– Ginger Coyote LA USA, punkglobe.com)
- There used to be two essential books about the Sex Pistols (Lipstick Traces and England’s Dreaming), but now there is actually three!
(–Tommy Olsson, Morgenbladet)
- This is the coffee table book from Hell!
(– Knut Hoem, Bok i P2, NRK)
- Simply a very good book. Culture-historywise, it’s spot on. Mathiesen presents some interesting discussions and talks aobut the estetique program that the Sex Pistols represented.
(– Kjell Lars Berge; Audio member at the Pingvin Club, professor at the Institute for linguistic and Nordic studie at the University of Oslo, rockmag.info)
- A solid and detailed settlement with one of the greatest myhs in the history of Norwegian rock!
(– Cecile Asker, Aftenposten)
- This could easily be a smash hit internationally!
(– Herman Willis, Bok i P2, NRK)
- An important contribution to the history of Norwegian culture
(– Tore Stemland, Musikk fra Norge)
- This is a masterpiece!
(– Arild Rønsen, Puls)
- An entertaining and well written document of the time
(– Pål Andreassen, Moss Avis)
- Deliciously done, with extremly cool pictures. Recommened!
(– Big Dipper)
- Outstanding as reading and historical as documentation.. Fremragende som lesning og historisk som dokumentasjon…an invaluable jewel.
(– Kjell Moe, Kulturspeilet)
- Vi probably have to go back to the union of Norway to one country in the year 865 by King Harold Haarfagre, to compare with an historic event which had the same consequences as this gig
(– Egon Holstad, Nordlys)
- ***** Terningkast 5 (– Roar Eskild Jacobsen, Haugessunds Avis)
- ***** Terningkast 5 (– Yan Friis, Vi Menn)
- Painstaking mythbuilding
(– Tom Skjeklesæther, Klassekampen)
- Fascinating! Both as a universal, sosiological document of the time and a real nerd project where no details around the gig is let out
(– Ole Jacob Hoel, Adresseavisa)
Boken om Trondheims-konserten noen dager senere er ikke mindre interessant.
Sid’s Norwegian romance – Sex Pistols Exiled to Trondheim 1977
Trondheimsboken fikk også fine kritikker, – og det ble en helt annen bok enn»Exiled to Oslo», ikke mist som følge av historien om den sjarmerende romansen mellom Sid Vicious og Trondheims-jenta «Teddie».
«Sid’s Norwegian romance – Sex Pistols exiled to Trondheim 1977»
– Delicious presented, a good told story (…) Most interesting is key
witness ‘Teddie’. She IS this book. Her story makes us feeling present
during the Pistols stay.
– Ole Jacob Hoel, Adresseavisen
– A treasure chest!
– Tommy Olsson, Morgenbladet
– I wasn’t sure if Sid’s Norwegian Romance would be a pale shadow of «Exiled To Oslo», a mere cash-in on the previous book’s success. I am delighted to report that it’s a superb book in its own right.
A treasure trove of photographs and memories. Another must have!
– Phil Singleton, sex-pistols.net
Her er Alex Ogg’s omtale av boken:
«SID’S NORWEGIAN ROMANCE» tells the inside story of a surprisingly sweet romance between Sid Vicous and a Norwegian teenager during the Sex Pistols’ two-day stay in Trondheim in 1977. Teddie worked for the band as assistant and translator and her highly personal story gives a unique insight into the band’s internal dynamic. While other Pistols associates and band members were by now hardened road warriors, Teddie’s crystal clear recollections are those of an innocent 16-year-old thrown into a world of surreal excess. Instead of the self-destructive caricature of Sid Vicious of popular myth, he is revealed as a troubled, vulnerable but emotionally generous young man; both fixed to the Pistols’ ongoing narrative but also psychologically detached from it.
Accompanied by more than 50 previously unpublished photographs of the band both off stage and playing at Samfundet in Trondheim, the
book provides a rare first-hand view of four young men at the eye of
an international media storm, labouring under the sudden weight of
expectation on their shoulders. Trygve Mathiesen’s research intothe
two days the Pistols spent in Trondheim is thorough and revealing,
covering both the poignant and the prosaic. The group who would tear up the rock ‘n’ roll rulebook, buy jeans, eat ice cream, fall in love
and cause a riot, set to a backdrop of a Norwegian culture attempting to understand and assimilate this frantic, fast-moving moment in history.
– Alex Ogg, author of No More Heroes and Independence Days