Early Seventies Britain was a very depressing place. It was completely run-down with trash on the streets, and total unemployment—just about everybody was on strike. Everybody was brought up with an education system that told you point blank that if you came from the wrong side of the tracks…then you had no hope in hell and no career prospects at all. Out of that came pretentious moi and the Sex Pistols and then a whole bunch of copycat wankers after us.
Many of my friends thought Sex Pistols were crap, but when listening to the lyrics you understood that this was more than words. This was not meaningless howling like the Norwegian punk bands were up to. It was highly political lyrics and I can fully understand why the English society was scared and afraid.
After a long time where rock music became more and more pop and entertainment, Sex Pistols changed the music scene from the start. In the long run they also changed rock music forever.
I think I was one of the first who actually bought a Pistols record in a record shop here in Bergen. It was “God save the Queen” and the owner of the shop tried to persuade me to NOT buy it …
It was obvious that the music had a strong influence on my pictures, two of them taken at the time is shown here.
Funny, even though the picture “Punk City” is shot where Bergen later planned to build “Bergen City” – a finance center. Then came the crack in 1987 and only parts of “the new city” were built.
Today they have demolished the “heart” of this stupid idea and built what is now called “Bergen Media City”.
The times are really changing.
I have a video “There will always be an England” and when I am alone I often open a beer, put on the video, turn up the volume and really enjoy the feeling of the music.
My favorite is “Holidays in the sun” and I am sure that my neighbors love it too …