Bondage

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Bondage No.1  1976
Bondage No.1
1976
Eighteen year-old MacGowan in his office in London, 1976
Eighteen year-old MacGowan in his office in London, 1976

Bondage No.1 was a punk fanzine by Shane MacGowan, published December 1976.

Now an "artifact from the earliest days of UK punk" the fanzine was created and hand-written by Shane in London, after he was inspired by watching the Sex Pistols play live. He went on to form the band The Nipple Erectors, later known as The Nips, Pogue Mahone or The Pogues.

The publication presented articles, concert reviews and subjective statements about The Sex Pistols, The Jam, Eater, Generation X (Chelsea).


Page 2, the "leading article":

IT'S 1976 OK AN YOU STILL CAN'T SAY FUCK ON TV
You've seen all the crap in the papers and TV probably about the Sex Pistols and how they offend public decency and all that shit and now there's this big row about them calling Bill Grundy naughty names on TV. The people who run the Roxy have cancelled the Boxing Day gig and the chairman of EMI told them they've got a week to become nice well-behaved rockstars or he might consider cancelling their contract because "public duty" comes before financial considerations. How boring. What a load of shit. Since when did EMI or any of those old cunts put "public duty" before their precious money or the security it gives them. What it really is is they feel that security is threatened just by what the Pistols represent. And how could anything that appears on ITV offend public decency. There isn't any public decency - people only know what's decent by being told by ITV and the rest of the media and EMI too.


From the credit note (page 6):
This whole thing was put together etc. etc. with the help of a box of safety pins. All the photos are ripped out of other mags. Sorry it's all hand-written but I haven't got a typewriter. Anyway, anybody who uses a typewriter is a GIRL. I don't like fanzines anyway, they're boring and unconstructive, but it's better than reading The Sun... The Adress is - Shane (...) Ain't I fuckin smart. When do I get to do "8 Days A Week"?

The publication is an A4 size. It is xeroxed on six one-side pages and stapled in the upper left corner.

The fanzine is part of the MomA collection.

External links

Scans of all six pages and the complete text at The Nips Press Archive [1]

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