Sex Pistols: The End is Near


“Published here for the first time, Sex Pistols: The End is Near features more than 150 colour and black and white photographs, each vividly capturing Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones, and Paul Cook as they play together for the last time in their home country.”


Christmas Day 1977, a day to be spent with family and loved ones, unless of course you’d decided to spend it with the Sex Pistols. The punk band, at the centre of a tabloid frenzy and banned from just about every venue in the country, had booked themselves into a small club in Huddersfield to perform a benefit in support of striking West Yorkshire fire fighters.That evening, the band took to the stage to perform what would become their final UK gig.

There to capture the chaos was photographer Kevin Cummins. No stranger to the Sex Pistols, he’d been there at that gig at Manchester’s Lesser Free Trade Hall just 18 months previously. Kevin incurred the fury of his own family to forgo Christmas in order to travel across The Pennines to document the event.

Sex Pistols performed two concerts at Ivanhoe’s nightclub that Christmas day. They began with a family friendly concert in the afternoon, with expletives removed from the lyrics and Christmas presents and cake given out – paid for by the band. In the evening the Pistols thundered through their setlist in a full on performance. Sex Pistols: The End is Near 25.12.1977 presents every frame that Kevin shot at the gig.

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If you’re interested in the Sex Pistols, we also recommend: The Bollocks: A Photo Essay of the Sex Pistols by Kevin Cummins.

Kevin Cummins is an internationally renowned British rock photographer, known for his collaborations with Mick Jagger, Ian Curtis, Morrissey, The Smiths, Bowie, Joy Division and more. He was chief photographer at the New Musical Express for ten years, then the world’s biggest selling rock weekly. His portraits feature in the collections of The National Portrait Gallery and The V&A. Kevin has also published several critically acclaimed monographs on the artists with whom he has worked.

“Kevin’s photographs have shaped the way fans perceive their idols.” -Noel Gallagher

Punk had burst onto the scene with its aggressive raw energy, confrontational lyrics and rhythm guitars spewing out arrangements that were just unorthodox. It was that moment of revolutionary art, overturning what had gone before.

Our vast selection of Punk books reflects the importance of that subculture from the early 1970’s in New York, through London, The US West Coast, Riot Grrrl through to the current day.  The curated selection includes the photography of Dennis Morris, Kevin Cummins, Sheila Rock and Janette Beckman, biographies of The Undertones, a history of The Roxy club and a good selection of women in Punk including Poly Styrene, Patti Smith, Jordan and Kim Gordon.

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