No Future: Sex, Seditionaries and the Sex Pistols Paul Stolper
Published by The Hospital, 2004
Softcover, 128 pages, 24 x 22 cm.
Between 1975 and 1979, the searingly truthful music of the Sex Pistols encouraged a generation to confront boredom and reinvent life through music. In tandem with the fetish and bondage clothes designed by Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood; the inflammatory graphic design by Jamie Reid; and the subversive media-manipulation of Malcolm McLaren, their collaborative project overturned the worlds of music, fashion and graphic design. Their work has now achieved iconic status. Published on theoccasion of the exhibition PUNK, September 2004 - January 2005 at The Hospital, 'No Future' examines the nature of this achievement by unlocking the specific meanings of the visual images and attitudes that were at its heart. It includes essays by Michael Bracewell and Andrew Wilson, analyzing the iconography, aspirations, success and failure of punk, and features archive clothing from SEX (later renamed Seditionaries), the boutique run by McLaren and Westwood that defined the look of the punk movement.