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I Swear I Was There Competition

Get to read about one of the most infamous gigs of all times in 'I Swear I Was There: The Gig That Changed The World' by David Nolan.

The book covers the Sex Pistols’ performance at the Lesser Free Trade Hall has been named by critics as one of the most pivotal performances in music history. Two people have the chance to win a copy of the book.

Question:

Q. How many times in the 70's did the Sex Pistols play Manchester?

A. Five times:
4th June 1976 Lesser Free Trade Hall
20th July 1976 Lesser Free Trade Hall
1st October 1976 Didsbury College
9th December 1976 Lesser Free Trade Hall
19th December 1976 Lesser Free Trade Hall

Lucky winners are Tim Richards, Gwent and Nigel Conley, Sulgrave.

I Swear I Was There: The Gig That Changed The World

A unique book about a gig that was recently crowned ‘the third most important live show of all-time’ behind only Woodstock and Live Aid

On June 4, 1976, four young men called the Sex Pistols took to the stage of a tiny upstairs hall in Manchester for a gig that, quite literally, changed the world. In front of a handful of people they played one of the most important live sets of all time. Alongside Woodstock and Live Aid, the Sex Pistols’ performance at the Lesser Free Trade Hall has been named by critics as one of the most pivotal performances in music history … not necessarily because of the quality of the music – but because of the effect the show had on the audience.

The crowd were mesmerized by the power and possibilities of punk – and it inspired them to create their own music that would shape the sound of rock music for decades to come. Members of Joy Division and New Order, the Smiths, the Fall and Buzzcocks were there that night as well as Tony Wilson, a key player in the story of Factory records, the Hacienda, Madchester and beyond. This was truly a gig that changed the world.

The truth behind that gig – plus the Pistols’ repeat performance six weeks later and their first ever TV appearance – has been shrouded in mystery for thirty years. Until now, everyone's been happy to print the legend. For the first time, here's the truth.

Featuring previously unpublished and very rare photos, posters and interviews with key players and audience members, I Swear I Was There brings pop culture to life thirty years after the Summer of Punk.


The Author
David Nolan is a multi award-winning journalist and television producer. He has made documentaries on The Smiths, Sex Pistols and Echo and the Bunnymen and written for publications as diverse as British Business Magazine and Penthouse. He now lectures on documentary-making and teaches writing and broadcast skills to the BBC and ITV.

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