Sex Pistols Anarchy Tour December 1976

The Pistols released their ‘Anarchy in the UK’ single on 26th November 1976. By the 1st of December they were invited on to Thames TV’s Today show, hosted by Bill Grundy, as a last minute replacement for Queen.  In a chaotic live-broadcast interview the band – goaded by Grundy – swore.

The next day The Daily Mirror’s front page headlines read: ‘The Filth and the Fury’:

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On December 3rd, the day after "The Filth & the Fury" headlines, the Sex Pistols, together with the Clash, Johnny Thunders and the Damned were due to play the first night of their first national tour at the UEA. The 2-12-76 late edition of Norwich's Eastern Evening News (EEN) states (to the left) that the concert had to go ahead or the Students Union would lose £750. But by the next day's EEN the concert was cancelled and the Vice-Chancellor agreed that the university, rather than union, would bear the cost of the cancellation.




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"The UEA Students’ Union was divided over the decision. There were fans, disappointed at not being able to attend the gig. There were others, less interested in punk, and more concerned about the Union’s autonomy. They occupied a part of the Registry and called a motion of ‘no confidence’ in their President, Aidan Lines. The student newspaper, Phoenix, produced a special issue to cover the row.

The President himself shared some of the concerns about Union autonomy, but was perhaps more worried about the cancellation fee and the implications for his union’s finances".

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