Thirty years ago, gig tickets cost 50p, a pint of beer 15p and 20 cigarettes 30p.
There were only three television channels, all of which shut down at midnight and
the greatest fashion accessories were 4-inch, break-your-neck platforms.
Indeed, in 1976 the world of iPods, satellite navigation, X boxes, and video phones
seemed almost impossible. Perhaps not half as impossible however as coming to terms
with the fact that thirty years ago your parents were the same age as you.
But it was thirty years ago, in 1976 that Punk first began in Britain.
In 1976, tucked away in the gig listings of NME was an advertisement for a gig by
The Sex Pistols.
Unknown in the music world, little did society know that these four young lads
(two west London yobs, a Beatles fanatic and a green-haired rocker) who sung only
about themselves ands their own lives would cause mass anarchy, piss of the
monarchy and pave the way for the pretty much every band in NME today.
It is extremely difficult to describe punk, unlike most genres of music and
social groups; punk doesn't fit into a box. It cannot be pigeonholed into some
green-haired, white male in a studded leather jacket with facial piercings
listening to deafening music.
Although punk may hold its roots in the likes of The Sex Pistols and The Buzzcocks,
it is of course about so much more than the music. Punk was in the seventies and
still pretty much is today a leap of faith. A belief that life matters, so don't fuck it up.
It is these intangibles that bind punks together who have never spoken but simply met
through websites such as MySpace to communicate their feelings and beliefs.
Beginning as a backlash against modern society, young punks of the seventies joined together to rebel.
Unhappy with Britain's policies, values and rigid class structure they joined together,
and instead of being isolated became quite the opposite.
While in today's modern world
it may be more common to respond to dissatisfaction with crime, back then it was
punk culture that became rebellious reaction.
While punk may be an attitude, it was primarily expressed through clothing and music.
Deliberately confrontational it questioned the establishment and challenged the status
quo, generally posing the question; Why? While it may be a terrifying thought to
imagine our parents wearing anti-establishment slogan tees and sporting outrageous
Mohawks they were doing just the same as punks of today.
Trying to shock the older generations to stand up and take notice, the youth
wanted to define, annex and follow its own agenda.
Similarly this has lived on in our youth.
Just last year Vivienne Westwood, who arguably along with Malcolm Mclaren
(her husband and manager of The Sex Pistols) introduced punk fashion,
created t-shirts bearing the slogan 'I am not a terrorist, please don't arrest me'.
It is no longer such a torment to be an outcast in fact it is becoming
increasingly more trendy.
Those once tormented in the playground are now setting the trends of the future
to which the playground bullies crave to be a part of and vice versa.
Fashion - A Voyage of Vintage Discovery In Hull By Jo Allison
The world's fashion capitals have never to my knowledge once included the lovely
English northern city of Hull, but perhaps this is about to change.
Hull, not notorious for its fashion sense (unless you are a fan of extensive
gold jewellery, tracksuits with the obligatory tucked in socks or small scraps
of brightly coloured lycra masquerading as tops) has always had a underground
Fashion - A Bohemian Revolution By Jo Allison Photographs by Cilla, Fashion Show Gallery at Lattitude 27th February 2006 by Paul Broadbent
A little shop of heaven, just down Newland Ave.
Jo had been traipsing around Hull for three hours and rummaged through just about every
clothing rail in Hull.
She had a big night out coming up that weekend and needed that elusive fashionista party dress.
The only problem was she really couldn't find a thing.
She dreamed of looking like a model,
Fashion - Plump Those 'Lovely Lady Lumps!' By Jo Allison
Just when you thought you were going to have to shell out thousands and go under the knife to get that bouncy JLo bottom...
Hallelujah for the "Falke Foam Buttocks!" However, if padded briefs seem a bit too
excessive; take a look at six of the gentler ways to get that "just had surgery look".
No pain, no gain, or so the saying goes. For decades women have been living up to
Fashion - If You Haven't Got it, Flaunt It By Jo Allison
David Bailey's most recent project, Democracy, takes a frank, naked view of the real human body. Just what we need in our aesthetically obsessed society.
For too long now skinny has been beautiful, airbrushing a prerequisite.
The fashion world is perhaps one of the worst culprits for warping our perception
of the human body, but the latest offering from
Fashion - Trendy Traditionalists By Jo Allison
Lost your patriotic sense of what it means to be British? Do not despair.
As Gordon Brown urges us to celebrate Britain, Jo Allison re-introduces us to our classically cool English Heritage, from traditional tea to quaint seaside holidays.
Queuing is undoubtedly an extremely English, if somewhat boring occurrence.
However, it can be rather enlightening.
While queuing in the Post Office, I
Fashion - Platform News By Bekki Stephenson
From disco-inspired, glittering soles to five-inch wooden heels, platform shoes are destined to get you noticed.
It is no surprise then that they were all over the catwalk this season.
From post-war inspired cork soles to seventies inspired disco-classics, the runway was flooded with
platform shoes this season. After so many seasons of flowing, dainty designs a
shift towards a style less
Fashion - Fur Goodness Sake By Bekki Stephenson
Supermodel Elle McPherson has backed out of a £1 million contract with luxury
fur company Blackglama over fears that she will be targeted by anti-fur extremists.
But should we really ban fur? Or are we being manipulated by anti-fur movements?
I like fur. I don't wear it very often, partly due to the unforgiving looks of
those from the I'd rather go nakedRead more...
Fashion - Sharon's Fashion Page
Yeah it's Sharon here, Sharon Saxby in fact, though with my special interest in jewellery
I suppose I should be called Sharon Stone.
That was a joke.
Anyway. Here I am with my new exciting fashion page, featuring all the latest
trends from our estate. I can guarantee you'll find something here that you wouldn't
Fashion - Revolver: When Mod meets Modification By Daniel Laney
The new vintage clothing shop set to make a big impact in Hull city centre.
Trinity Market, Hull (Opposite Trinity Church. Mon - Sat 9am-5pm)
When the terms Retro or Vintage are linked with clothes, thoughts of over priced charity shop
fabrics and the smell of musty damp cupboards rapidly come to mind.
Fashion - Looking Good for a Makeover at Les Ciseaux
Les Ciseaux Salon is jointly owned and run by sisters Karen Grant and Cheryl Boulton, aided by Jeannie. Karen is a stylist with 19 years experience in the business and it was her job to make my hair look gorgeous! Cheryl, the salons resident beauty therapist was going to do her best with my face!
Some of Hulls local young talent showed what they were made of last Monday (4th August) in a bright and vibrant summertime bonanza at the Welly club, Beverley Road.
The late-night fashion show was organised by young designer Holly Cryan, who also featured an original collection made under her own label, 'love from holly'. Also supporting the event were designer Emma Lou and with 2 of his current collections in the show, Phil from Rockerfellas Boutique in the Hepworth Arcade in Hull.
Art - Kingswood High School Hosts an Art Exhibition Primary Colours for Fair Trade from school children in Hull by Mo.
Last Thursday saw the launch of a 10 day exhibition called Primary Colours at Kingswood High School, Bransholme.
Featured was artwork from a number of local primary schools - The Dales and Coleford - both under
threat of closure - and Cleeve, Bude and other primary schools
Art - The History of LSD Blotter Art Compiled by Rich Mills
Blotter Art is a term that refers to the artwork that liquid LSD is dropped onto.
The artwork is printed onto blotter paper and then perforated into tiny squares or
hits, which can be torn apart into easy to manage quantities.
In 1938 LSD-25 (or diethylamide
Art Gallery - By Local Artist Patrick Henry
I became a self-taught painter at the age of 36 when living in a mediaeval
village in the French Dordogne.
Post-Impressionism had been my favourite kind of art for long before that.
I think it has a basic relevance that will never be exhausted.
Renaissance paintings are also very
Art Gallery - By Hull Artist Darren Rogers.
This is a series of photographs we'd like to present by Darren Rogers, an artist from Hull, East Yorkshire, England.
Darren has not only proven himself to be an incredible photographer - providing the most
brilliant galleries of live band performances
Articles - Memories of Hull By Frank Storey
I was most interested to read the article by John Firth regarding the fish shop owned by
his grandmother in Redbourne Street.
I worked at Gordon Street Police Station in the ranks of Constable, Sergeant and Inspector
during the period 1947 to 1966, I well remember the Beatles visit - they used
my office to get changed!
I had a great leg pull with a young girl who was an avid Beatles fan, - we gave her a
Articles - The Thames Whale By Michelle Dee
Sometime on Friday 20th January a bottle nosed whale was spotted in the Thames River.
This unusual event caused quite a stir in the capital later that day the 18ft whale
tried to beach itself in the shallow waters by Westminster Bridge.
Volunteers and specialists alike tried to encourage the whale back the way it came
into the deeper parts of the river.
On the Saturday it was thought to have gone back towards the mouth
Articles - Partners In Parallel At Law Firm By Julian Woodford
The truth really is stranger than fiction.
Who'd have believed that the lives and careers of two young women lawyers could have followed such remarkably similar and parallel paths - and without them knowing it.
Claire Ramsden and Jane Longhorn, who have just been made new partners at
the Hull firm, Williamsons Solicitors, both started their education at the same