Same Archive, Different Box: The Sex Pistols

The Sex Pistols on their 'Filthy Lucre' tour, Scotland. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 1996.

John Lydon, Glen Matlock, Steve Jones of The Sex Pistols, on their ‘Filthy Lucre’ tour, in concert at Glasgow SECC, in Glasgow, Scotland, 1996.

So The Sex Pistols did a reunion, the ‘Filthy Lucre’ tour, and it was coming to Glasgow, to the exhibition centre. It seemed worth going along, get a pass, see the infamous John Lydon, Glen Matlock, Steve Jones. The Sex Pistols.

For the photographers in the ‘pit’ you knew the gig was going to be anarchy, no holiday in the sun. So the night came and into the pit we went, and the stage was way up there above us. We were practically shooting vertically upwards. The only way to get a decent shot was to go as far back in the pit as possible, so we had the crowd of aging punks two inches behind us. Great. Time to put your hoods up snappers, as the phlegm and spittle descended and the Sex Pistols sang their vitriol.

A colleague was shooting on Canon autofocus then, and that night I was still on my manual focus Nikons. But as we came out and walked across the car park discussing our shots, I swore about the speed of Lydon strutting around and me trying to keep him in focus. I swore to myself to ditch my Nikons and to get Canon autofocus. And I did. And I never looked back.

See here for photographs of The Sex Pistols on their ‘Filthy Lucre’ tour, Scotland, 1996.


2 Replies to “Same Archive, Different Box: The Sex Pistols”

    1. cheers Paule. Good to see your book is now int he shops, I look forward to seeing it when I’m back in Tokyo. Speak soon,

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