Agents of Anarchy: Surrey: Kingsfleet Publications, 1992. Glossy wraps, 21 by 29.8 cm, 112 pp., illus. Light edge and corner wear. This copy has a scrap of paper with the author’s name and address, handwritten by Scrivener, attached to the inside of the front cover. After Anarchy: [Surrey]: Tony Scrivener, 2003. “Exclusive box set edition,” complete, which includes a “presentation box” (brown card box with After Anarchy graphics affixed to one side, 31 by 31 cm), the After Anarchy book (staple-bound wraps, 21 by 29.8 cm, 70  pp., illus.), a Pistols “family tree,” a promotional poster (33 by 48.5 cm, folded), a promo flyer, a certificate of authenticity, and a printed card folder to hold all the materials. All are in very good condition with a few small corner creases and bumps. The box has creasing on one edge from being squished a bit at some point. Every piece in the box set is signed by Scrivener. Agents of Anarchy was a labor of love—or a complete obsession—that tracked the members of the Sex Pistols, and all the bands they were members of, from their final Winterland gig in 1978 to 1986, including PiL, the Rich Kids, Greedy Bastards, and The Professionals, and even Bananarama (Paul Cook was a session drummer for them) and Iggy Pop (Glen Matlock played bass for Pop’s band while on tour in 1979). Arranged chronologically, in brief diary-like entries, many of the notes are simply concert dates (i.e. “13 November 1983 / PiL: Birmingham Odeon”), but many are more detailed, like10 October 1978Sid and Nancy probably give their last photo session at the Chelsea Hotel. In one photo, Sid holds the knife which brought about Nancy’s death a few days later.4 November 1978Sid Vicious is interviewed in New York jail.19 July 1986Full page adverts appear in the music press for ‘Love Kills’ – Joe Strummer taken from the ‘Sid and Nancy’ movie soundtrack.July 1989Outrageous Artistic Freedom Exhibit at Young Unknowns Gallery, London SE1. Jamie Reid displays some work there.The timeline is followed by a detailed discography of the Sex Pistols, PiL, and related bands. Heavily illustrated with some wonderful, uncommon images. While Agents is a common book, After Anarchy—Scrivener’s self-published follow up—is quite scarce. The book itself is an expanded version of Agents, with additional and more detailed entries that extend into 1996, a new introduction, an updated discography, and short where-are-they-now-type pieces. While this volume isn’t as profusely illustrated as its predecessor, it does have several current images of buildings that were, in the day, used as Pistols rehearsal spaces, flats, concert halls, press shoot locales, etc. Like a stalker’s notebook, After Anarchy is the ultimate guide to the day-by-day life of the Pistols (and their friends).
Title: Agents of Anarchy with After Anarchy: Day by Day Box Set – Signed [Sex Pistols]
Categories: Music, Punk,
Book Condition: Very Good
Seller ID: 2393