NEW ARTICLE | Never Mind the Pistols? The Legacy and Authenticity of the Sex Pistols in Portugal
The impact, influence, and legacy of the Sex Pistols have inspired a considerable number of works, with those of Jon Savage being perhaps the most paradigmatic. However, these studies are generally centered on Anglo perceptions of the Sex Pistols and of punk more broadly. We believe that it is important to understand the Sex Pistols cultural and economic impact globally, and thus to realize the influence of English or Anglo-Saxon culture in non-English-speaking countries through the lens of popular music.
In this article, our main aims are as follows: to understand the current and previous representation of the Sex Pistols in Portugal; to evaluate the group’s legacy in Portuguese society and its punk scene, its influence on the formation of bands and their consideration of questions relating to authenticity and market; to define the role of the Sex Pistols in the dissemination of the DIY ethic and concept among punks in Portugal; and to examine the importance of the Sex Pistols in the ever unfinished construction of what represents the mainstream and the underground in music.
GUERRA, Paula; BENNETT, Andy (2015) – Never Mind the Pistols? The Legacy and Authenticity of the Sex Pistols in Portugal. Popular Music and Society [em linha]. Vol. 38, n.º 4. DOI:10.1080/03007766.2015.1041748.