les SEX PISTOLS by Geant Vert (Alternatives & ParallÚles 1998)
This is a French book about the band, and I'd never heard of until the author sent it to me. With over 200 pages and lots of illustrations it looks like a good read if you know your parle vous francÚ (I obviously don't). I think it's part of a series of books called Pop Rock.
This is the only Sex Pistols book I've ever seen without a picture of the band in it. Instead you get cartoons of the band and the events covered plus lots of rare record sleeves and labels (over 80 different).
The first section of the book details the band's career from the early days to the Swindle. The second part is about the official and not-so-official records, books and films. This is probably the most interesting part since the basic Who? Where? When? has been published a million times before. Geant Vert knows his Sex Pistols records well and this should be a good introduction to record collecting for the French speaking punk. If you're like me and have the records pictured (or most of them) already and you can't understand much more than the titles and catalog numbers in the text it's a 10 minute read. And that's a shame 'cause a lot of effort went into the discography. He details the recordings, the sleeves and gives them a short review too so it's more than just a list of records.
The last part is a short piece on the re-union tour in 1996 and a cast of characters type thing about the members.
Geant Vert wrote a letter to me in response to my Never Mind The Bollocks section and it's up on the Letters To The Editor page. It covers the French releases and some good Barclay vs. Branson information.
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