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I Swear I Was There

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David Nolan's 'I Swear I Was There' describes the early days of the Sex Pistols, their first gig at the Manchester Free Trade Hall in 1976 and the long-term effects of that first concert.
Paperback, 189 pages
Published June 1st 2006 by Independent Music Press (first published May 29th 2001)
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Kay Smillie
Dec 14, 2016 Kay Smillie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't there but neither were most of those who have claimed to have been in attendance. This is a fascinating look back at punk history in 1976, with the initial focus being the Sex Pistols first gig in Manchester. It is also about the influence on young lads at that gig who went on to form their own bands. The likes of the Buzzcocks, Slaughter and the Dogs, the Fall, the Drones and Joy Division would further influence other Mancunians and those from outwith Manchester to form bands. None of ...more
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Dec 02, 2016 Rob rated it liked it
It is probable that more books have been written and more films released on Tony Wilson, Joy Division and Hacienda than about the whole of World War II so it was with a slightly heavy heart that I borrowed this in the wake of the Sounding Bored podcast's episode about the Manchester music scene. The premise is that the Sex Pistols' first Lesser Free Trade Hall gig in June 1976 kicked off the extraordinary run of musical brilliance the city came up with over the following 15 years (yes, not incl ...more
Kevin
Jan 26, 2009 Kevin rated it liked it
I like these kind of books. There is plenty about the Sex Pistols in other books but this one focuses on the Gig That Changed The World. I did like how the only Pistol they secured an interview for was Matlock, I enjoyed hearing how the audience, who was the star of the book, reacted. Short and sweet and to the point.
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Dec 17, 2013 Adam rated it liked it
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An interesting subject addressed in a slightly lazy way - would be improved by lopping about 20% off. Still, entertaining if you're into this kind of stuff.
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I love this format of interview segments edited together to tell a narrative. My boner for Shelley and DeVoto has grown. Great to have their significance acknowledged.
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A great read on the personal reflection of over discussed concerts.
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David Nolan is an award-winning journalist who's authored biographies on subjects ranging from Simon Cowell to the Sex Pistols. He's also written for newspapers, magazines, radio and television.
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