Sunday, 29 April 2012
1977 And All That
A double-page spread in The Observer about the Sex Pistols doing something or other on some boat on the Thames. How many people were involved in that, or ever even so much as bought a Sex Pistols record? And how many people took part in the Silver Jubilee?
Yet, despite the hilarious fact that the former Johnny Rotten now advertises butter on television dressed up as the country squire that he quite possibly now is, the insistence remains relentless that the Sex Pistols were the main event while the Silver Jubilee was a sideshow.
It is part of a much wider, and profoundly pernicious, trend. For example, there has never been a generation in which illegal drug use has been normal. Yet we are now onto at least the third in which that small criminal minority is accorded the unchallenged right to speak on behalf of everyone else.