England's Dreaming Punk Archive: The Jon Savage Archive

‘Anarchy in the U.K. Sex Pistols, No.1, 1976, published by Glitterbest’ Photo: Ray StevensonThis eclectic collection, purchased from music journalist and cultural historian Jon Savage in 2002, documents the history of the Sex Pistols and the whole of the punk era.  The collection consists mainly of the source materials for England's Dreaming: the Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, Jon Savage's definitive account of punk in British society in the 1970s.  Punk was not just about music or clothes: it reflected a core of dissatisfaction and resentment built up at the end of a decade that saw the introduction of the 3-day week in Britain, strikes, increasing unemployment and collapsing public services.  The England's Dreaming collection provides an opportunity to examine more closely a period now recognised as a crucial point in British twentieth-century social history.

The contents include fanzines, posters, fliers, graphic designs, original letters and documents, photographs, notebooks and much more.  The collection has recently been catalogued and the England 's Dreaming Catalogue shows what is available for research.  If you are interested in viewing any of the items from this collection please consult the Special Collections and Archives home page for access arrangements and contact the LJMU Archivist to arrange an appointment.

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