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Jon Savage

Burgess, Punk and the Sex Pistols

  • 17
  • Oct




Picture of Jon Savage stood under a spotlight, rolling his eyes up at the ceilingAndy Knowles


How do we make sense of the punk movement, and what does it mean today? In Anthony Burgess’s centenary year, acclaimed writer and broadcaster Jon Savage delivers a specially commissioned talk reflecting on Anthony Burgess, youth culture, the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols’ seminal album Never Mind the Bollocks, and the continuing relevance of punk.

Anthony Burgess, whose novel A Clockwork Orange was made into a hugely controversial and influential film by Stanley Kubrick in 1971, wrote widely on youth culture throughout the 1970s, and this talk takes his writing as a starting point for considering punk and its legacy. Jon’s landmark study England’s Dreaming is considered the definitive history of the punk era. His other books of criticism and cultural history include Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture, Time Travel and 1966: The Year the Decade Exploded.

Commissioned by the International Anthony Burgess Foundation and introduced by Andrew Biswell.