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Punk is Dead! Long Live Punk!

As we get ready to rock out to Whatever Happens To The Jaggy Nettles?, our Heritage Archive and Exhibitions Officer Laura Stevens takes a look at the era that inspired the play.

“Is she really going out with him?” In 1976 The Damned’s New Rose burst onto the British music scene to become the first UK punk single. Punk as a music genre was already making waves in America with the Ramones and New York Dolls making their presence known. The Ramones played their first gigs in London in 1976 and are widely regarded as having an impact on emerging British punk bands, including The Damned and The Sex Pistols. It’s no surprise that punk had an influence on Glasgow’s rich music scene with many young people inspired to emulate the straightforward, fast-paced music with provocative lyrics. Alas, Glasgow’s councillors did not agree. After a particularly lively gig by The Stranglers at City Halls in 1976, the local authority took the decision to ‘ban’ punk bands from playing in the city by slapping v…

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