Punk in the Picton

The exhibition

Due to high demand, the Punk 1976-78 Exhibition is now open until 3rd March 2019. It celebrates the enduring influence of punk as a radical musical, artistic and political movement.

You can see archives and artefacts ranging from the leather jacket of Rat Scabies, drummer of The Damned, to fanzines, photos, and handwritten lyrics and set lists by the Sex Pistols. There is a special feature on the famous Liverpool club Eric’s, which was THE place to go in Liverpool to see the early punk bands perform.

Talks and events

PT Madden, Emma Harrison, Jah Wobble: Thurs 21st Feb at 6pm 

PT Madden caught the Sex Pistols at the very beginning and his 26-piece photographic artwork 'Sex Pistols – April 1976' is a unique artistic document of a live performance by the then barely known group. 

Emma Harrison is a multidisciplinary artist who designed scenery for feature films, including The Company of Wolves by Neil Jordan, and pop videos for Boy George, Dr Feelgood, Duran Duran and Malcolm McLaren. Her friendship with singer Ari Up led to her documenting an entire early performance by the Slits. 

Jah Wobble - aka John Wardle - originally met John Lydon, John Grey and Sid Vicious at Kingsway College in 1973. In 1978 Lydon asked Wardle to join Public Image Limited where his bass sound became the backbone of the band. His acclaimed autobiography 'Memoirs of a Geezer' was published in 2009.

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Pogo in the Picton: Sat 23rd Feb at 7.30 pm

A unique opportunity to enjoy a Punk disco in the magnificent surroundings and grandeur of the Picton Reading Room. The DJ will be Stormin’ Norman Killon, the original Eric’s club DJ from the Punk era.

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Punk at the Picton: Thurs 28th Feb at 7.30pm

A superb roster of bands include Gentle Scars with Martin Dempsey of the early local punk band Albert Dock who supported the Sex Pistols in their one and only gig at Eric’s, The Blanketman - an up and coming band from Manchester and P*** Kitti, a Liverpool riot grrrl band. The event will be compered by punk poet Emily Oldfield.

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Will Sergeant, John J Campbell and Jon Savage: Fri 1st March at 6pm

Will Sergeant is best known for his work as songwriter and lead guitarist with Echo and The Bunnymen. He also has long-term ties with experimental performance, recording and visual arts.

John J Campbell is a Liverpool-based artist and musician whose work encompasses public art installation, electronic sound works and group performance. He has published work for over forty years under his own name and as the group It's Immaterial. 

Jon Savage is a leading UK-based writer and cultural historian. In 1976, he published the fanzine London's Outrage and has written widely for British and American newspapers and magazines. His book 'England's Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock' is now regarded as the definitive history of the late 1970s.

Book tickets for Will Sergeant, John J Campbell and Jon Savage