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The Sex Pistols
The Great Rock'N'Roll Swindle
Shout Factory Records
www.shoutfactory.com


Originally released in 1980, The Great Rock 'N' Roll Swindle is a satirical look at the rise and fall of the most infamous punk bands ever. The film was perceived as a self serving project for the Pistols' former manger, Malcolm McClaren, as he gives instructions on how to fabricate a band and sell it the world while being followed by a punked out midget. By the time actual editing began on the project Sid Vicious was dead and Jonny Rotten was estranged from everything to do with the band, especially McClaren. However, through interviews and live performances mixed with a loose narration from Malcolm and guitarist Steve Jones, director Julien Temple pieced together a comprehensive mock-umentary which holds up even in today's MTV attention span generation. Songs include: "God Save the Queen," "No Feelings," "Pretty Vacant," "My Way," "Rock Around the Clock," and many others.

-Tony Engelhart


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