The Sex Pistols may have only been together for two years in the late '70s, but they changed the face of popular music. In England, the group was considered dangerous to the very fabric of society and was banned across the country; in America, they didn't have the same impact, but countless bands in both countries were inspired by the sheer sonic force of their music, while countless others were inspired by their independent, Do-It-Yourself ethics. Even if they didn't release any singles by themselves, there was an implicit independence in the way they played their music and handled their career. The band gave birth to the massive independent music underground in England and America that would soon include bands that didn't have a direct musical connection to the Sex Pistols' initial three-minute blasts of rage, but couldn't have existed without those singles.
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G oogle the words "Sex Pistols Lesser Free Trade Hall ", or simply "4 June ", and you can use the resultant 22,, pieces of information to piece together a crudely helpful history of a Manchester music, b the birth of indie music and c the "greatest gig of all time" that "changed music for ever". The fact that if you Google the additional words "swear I was there" you come across more details about that than the Sex Pistols' performance emphasises the show's reputation. Not least because — and this has become an integral element in the ensuing mythologising of the gig — there weren't that many people who'd bought the 60p ticket, but thousands now claim they did. I was there. I was a witness, although not enough of one to notice at the time that what was taking place was "history".
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