All emails to be sent to pilhead@gmail.com

I will replay as soon as I can - Thank You

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Mr Rotten's Songbook - an open letter




An open letter to John Lydon & Public Image Ltd

 

3rd December 2016

Dear John/ PIL

I would like to compliment you on the wonderful new book that you are releasing – Mr Rotten’s Songbook, it certainly looks like a great quality item

I am writing to vent my frustration and sadness about this though. I don’t disagree that it is a quality product but you are pricing your fans out of the market.

John, you come from a working class background and I think I need to point out that a very large number of your fans are working class. We are NOT high income earners but we are very loyal to you and the products that you release. BUT we cannot afford this sort of money, no matter how fantastic the book is. Yet we would all love to support you by buying a copy and parting with our hard earned cash..

I belong to a lot of PIL fans sites/blogs and facebook groups and a large number of us feel the same – we feel that we are being edged out of fandom to make way for an elite group of fans that are higher income earners. This has upset a lot of us. Our loyalty and dedication to PIL IS NOT IN QUESTION.

Very few of us could afford Mr Rotten’s Scrapbook.

Again few of us can afford the vinyl Super Deluxe Boxset releases of Album and Metal Box – due out in a week or so.

And now many (not a few) are also being denied the chance to own a copy of the SongBook.

We buy your records, CD’s posters, clothes etc and go to your gigs. We love your music and many of us have been with you since day one.

Please consider that it feels like you are alienating us.

I am asking you to look into 2 options to help make us feel loved and wanted again J, please.

Would you consider releasing further copies of the Song Book in a standard softback (paper back release) without any signed/handwritten messages at a lower affordable price?

 I think that most people would be willing to part with between £30- £50 for this option (I could be wrong, I could be right?)

Or alternatively release a digital download version where the production costs are minimal?

This will give all fans the chance of owning this unique insight into your work, so that the many and not the few can fully appreciate it?

Please, please read and consider what I have said and asked – a reply would be wonderful.

Thank You

Steve

Ps I have posted this open letter on a few fan sites as I wish others to consider what I have said and hopefully voice their own feelings – I think you’ll find that we would all love the chance to own a copy



Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Steve Jones - Lonely Boy - the radio interviews 2016


Here's a couple of recent radio interviews I have found of Steve Jones, publicising his new autobiography - Lonely Boy, Tales from a Sex Pistol.


As usual I have created some cd artwork for this download.















Sunday, 13 November 2016

Glen Matlock - 7th November 2016 - Komedia, Brighton




Glen has been doing a solo tour of the UK this month. Just him, a few stories and his guitar. It was a great night out and very entertaining. I've seen Glen many times down the years but never performing an acoustic set. So this was a first for me.


His stories were touched with humour and the setting was quite intimate. After the gig he signed a few things for the fans and posed for photos.

Glen played a good variety of songs from his career as well as ones that he had been influenced by. Of course there was a couple of obligatory Sex Pistols tracks as well.




Here's my recording of the night. the download comes with cd artwork which I created myself.






A PIL Head Recording PH011





Friday, 4 November 2016

Punk40 - The Stranglers -23rd October 1976 - Hammersmith Odeon, London

well I'm nearing the end of my own personal Punk40 celebrations with only one more recording from 1976 to share (after this one).
This one is not the greatest quality sounding one, but there are so few live recordings from '76 out there that I wanted to share all that I have.







I've created some cd artwork for it, that will be in the download file.


I hope you enjoy this.





Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Jim Walker - artwork available


Original founding PIL member Jim Walker has been quite an elusive chap over the years. After leaving PIL Jim was involved with The Human Condition (alongside fellow PIL member Jah Wobble) and then the Pack .

Jim dropped off my radar for quite a few years but recently I have been managed to track him down. He's been involved with some film work and also has been creating some very interesting artwork, which is available to buy and unbelievably affordable prices.


The piece above was available last year from WH Smith stores as a poster and is entitled
'' Britain Shall Not Burn''

I find his work very interesting and you can buy some from his website for a reasonable price.


you can also follow Jim on twitter


Check him out, say hello and buy some art

Friday, 28 October 2016

Kathy Di - raising money for charity - please take a look

Want to own a majority stake in some Genuine original work from PIL's Keith Levene???? Please Read on:




From Kathy Di
''My 51% interest in Commercial Zone 2014 is going up for bid to benefit "the punk professor" Dr. Joel Vos groundbreaking mental health research. Learn more about Dr. Vos here; Joel Vos ''






Kathy is also looking to raise funds with more of her amazing original and unique items




''The rare punk/post punk collection is being donated for auction to raise awareness of mental health issues and for a benefit to raise funding for Joel Vos aka "the punk professor" incredibly important cutting edge research. 


Majority interest in CZ2014 will be put up for sale proceeds to fund cutting edge mental health research. Also the predecessor to I was a Teenage Guitarist called Diary of a Non Punk Rocker manuscript signed by Mr. Levene tells the entire story of the Ritz Riot & more. There should be no stigma associated with mental health problems. It is a medical condition just as diabetes congestive heart failure cancer etc''




Read an original promoting article from the UK's Guardian newspaper
Read the Guardian article by clicking here





Monday, 10 October 2016

Sad Vacation - World Exclusive interview with Co writer & Producer - Brett Dunford.


Well I am very, very pleased to be able to bring you a World Exclusive!!!!

I have been very lucky to be given an interview with Brett Dunford, Sad Vacation's co-writer and Producer.

Interview with Sad Vacation co-writer and producer, Brett Dunford






PH: Now that Sad Vacation is ready for release how do you feel about the finished product



BD: I feel fucking good about it. I was able to view the documentary at various creative stages, so I had a pretty good idea of how it would turn out. But you can never be one hundred percent sure until you've seen the end result. And it goes beyond what I expected.
PH: How and when did your involvement start?


BD: I was brought into it during the final months of production. As you know, I run a leading Sid and Nancy blog and Facebook community, and have been writing a biography on Sid called Vicious White Kid for a couple of years now. We first hooked up when I interviewed him for my blog in April 2014, which was one of his first interviews for Sad Vacation, funnily enough. Exactly two years later and he's interviewing me!
Phyllis Stein set the whole thing up, really. And the more I talked to Danny, the more I realised we were totally on the same page. Other than the anecdotes that I give in the film, I was also consultant, oversaw some of the London reenactment shoots, and helped write part of the narrative.
PH: Reenactments?
BD: I dragged Conor Hussey of The Sex Pistols Experience out in the pissing rain for a couple of days, poor lad. I was present on the first day and it was uncanny watching him walking around London and acting like Sid; he really looked the part.
PH: What are you most proud of about the film as a whole?
BD: I'm happy that we made a solid documentary that presents facts instead of the usual unprovable distractions. I think it's as close as we're ever going to get to solving the events of the Chelsea Hotel.
PH: Tell me something exclusive.
BD: Huey Morgan of the Fun Lovin' Criminals does the narration, although I think that information is up at IMDb already. Um, what else? Sad Vacation contains more unseen photographs of Sid and Nancy in one place than anything else on the market right now. It's a photo collector's wet dream, and some of them are quite "personal".
PH: When can the public see it?
BD: It opens in London through the Doc' n Roll Festival. At Picturehouse Central, Shaftesbury Avenue on November 6th.
PH: Apart from the London premiere, are there plans for a wider theatrical release?
BD: We have one other date already in Philadelphia, and screenings for Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Texas are being ironed out as we speak. Territories outside of the UK and US are also in the works.
PH: Will there be related merchandise?
BD: Yes. The DVD drops on December 9th worldwide, and there will probably be the usual related stuff like t-shirts and posters, but I have no idea of when they might be available to purchase. The safest bet would be around the time of the DVD release. You can stay up-to-date via the official Sad Vacation Facebook page, and at the Chip Baker website.
PH: Are there any extras?
BD: You'll get a behind-the-scenes featurette, some promotional material like the theatrical and teaser trailers. and a couple of music videos. Another thing I should mention is that Sad Vacation has a great soundtrack.
PH: Anything special planned for the premieres that you can divulge?


BD: Maaaybe! But if I divulged them now, they wouldn't be special.

PH: Trying to be as impartial as possible, can you sum up what the fans will get from this film?



BD: The truth. Or as fucking close to it as humanly possible at this juncture. If you have seen Danny's previous film, 
Looking for Johnny, then you will know what to expect. He's a guerrilla filmmaker and gets shit done on half the budget of other documentarians. And Sad Vacation is his best film to date, in my opinion.


Brett Dunford


Vicious White Kid (author)
Sad Vacation (writer/producer)
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Well there you have it, a true first with some exclusive info for you all - A MASSIVE THANK YOU  to Brett for taking the time to speak with me and letting me get this interview to you all.

Be sure to check out Sad Vacation very soon - the must see Punk film for Punk's 40th Anniversary



Saturday, 8 October 2016

Punk40 - The Clash - 5th November 1976 - Royal College of Art, London

Apart from my previously posted Clash gigs from the 100 Club Punk Festival and the Anarchy tour this is the last one that I have to share, from 1976.










Enjoy!



Saturday, 1 October 2016

Sad Vacation - World Premier 6th November 2016, London - tickets on sale SOON

Just as I finish one post I get an update and here it is.

SCREENING: 06 November 2016 at 17:30

PICTUREHOUSE CENTRAL


TICKETS ON-SALE WEDS. 5th OCT.

Danny Garcia, Spain, 2016, 84 mins

World Premiere followed by director Q&A
Sad Vacation is an up close and personal account of the tumultuous and stormy relationship between Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen and how it ended in Room 100 of the Chelsea Hotel. Directed by Danny Garcia (The Rise and Fall of The Clash, Looking for Johnny), this films holds no punches and reveals the facts through personal friends, insiders and witnesses provid ing a first hand account of Sid and Nancy's mysterious deaths. Includes interviews with Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Bob Gruen, Walter Lure (The Heatbreakers), Leee Black Childers, Howie Pyro (D Generation), Kenny Gordon (Pure Hell), Cynthia Ross ( The B- Girls) and many more.