As the Queen celebrated her 25th year on the throne, England was restless, on the verge of anarchy, and sweating out the hottest summer in years. God Save the Queen went to the top of the charts, and the Sex Pistols, followed later by other acts, vented their rage at the royal family. We will revisit the tumultuous year of 1977 as our starting point to explore the British musicians who protested the monarchy in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Further Reading and Other Media
The Filth and the Fury (documentary, 2000).
Petridis, Alexis. "Leaders of the Banned." The Guardian, 12 April 2012.
Reynolds, Simon. Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984. Penguin, 2006.
Savage, Jon. England's Dreaming: Anarchy, Sex Pistols, Punk Rock and Beyond. Revised edition. Macmillan, 2002.
"The Smiths' 'The Queen Is Dead' tops NME's list of 500 greatest albums of all time." NME.com, 22 October 2013.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)