1977

1977 is often seen as Punk’s year zero.

Back in normal land it was also the year of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. In 1977 the Queen’s face seemed to be on everything; from Jamie Reid’s iconic Sex Pistols God Save The Queen artwork to the cover of the Radio Times. The Royal imagery and the Union Jacks seemed to work just as well for both the mainstream pro-monarchy Jubilee celebrations and the anti-establishment, anti-monarchy, anti-everything Punk movement. As a 12 year old proto-punk in Jubilee year I saw all the union jacks and the Queen motifs as just one gigantic subliminal advertisement for Punk. PGD 1977

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