BOOK / BANNED IN THE UK: SEX PISTOLS EXILED TO OSLO 1977 / TRYGVE MATHIESEN AND HARRY NORDSKOG
Sex Pistols' Scandinavian tour of 1977, with the band at the height of their notoriety, saw the curious and the concerned gather to gawp and gaze. On the night of July 20, the tiny Pingvin Club in Oslo saw its official capacity of 200 overcrowded, the audience a mixture of the bohemian and the bemused, including bearded hippies with the legend Sex Pistols inelegantly scrawled on their jumpers.
Trygve Mathiesen's tale is a forensic examination of forces surrounding the band at a specific time and place when the possibilities were still endless, even though their eventual collapse was only months away. Using original shorthand notes from the group's press call, Johnny Rotten is at his most articulate and forthright, with Sid Vicious playing the punk rock delinquent of popular myth.