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I SWEAR I WAS THERE

David Nolan

(Music Press)

8/10

David Nolan reclaims the momentous Sex Pistols concert at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester June 4th 1976, a gig that thousands claim to have experienced but few truly did. With fascinating insight, Nolan gets to the heart of how four teenagers projected such attitude and intensity from a tiny stage that the tremors of its musical upsurge are still being felt today. The author attempts to track down the entire audience and brings us first-hand accounts, exclusive photos and interviews with the key players. From Morrissey to Pete Shelly, John Maher to Ian Curtis, Nolan leaves no stone unturned. The Pistols jackinabox gig that released The Buzzcocks, The Fall, Joy Division and New Order to name a few, and kick started Manchester’s music scene leading to Factory Records and the legendary Hacienda nightclub, now set in writing. From the winner of five Royal Television awards, this book is an essential guide to the pivotal gig that has gone down in history as one that changed the world.

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