FIRST LOOK | DENNIS MORRIS’ “THE BOLLOCKS” AT KNOWN GALLERY, LA

August 14, 2014  |  art, Music

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If you've got a favorite photo of the Sex Pistols, there's a good chance it's by their former official photographer, Dennis Morris. There's also a very good chance you can see it in person at Morris' current show, The Bollocks, at Known Gallery in LA. Traveling with the punk boy band throughout its short run, Morris was onhand to  capture the group, onstage & off, in all their ragged brilliance. His images came to define the band's singular brand of decadent insolence in the public eye and live on as the definitive historic record of the band that shook England.

In the words of Dennis Morris:
The 70s was a dismal period in England: high unemployment, unions out of control, the economy on a massive decline, England had lost its way.

Punk came. We wanted to change everything, we wanted a piece of the pie, we wanted our own heroes. The Sex Pistols filled this role, four faces of the New British Youth, brash and ready. Ready to take no prisoners, ready to kick down the door of Establishment, ready to fulfill the dream.

From the first time I met them, Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, I knew they meant it! 77 was the year, one long, short, chaotic, mad, amazing roller coaster year.

The hysteria, the hatred, the backlash from the media and the Establishment came because the band, these four individuals, had the nerve to challenge the very things British society has built as standard.

They mocked the Royal Family (“God Save the Queen”), they mocked the Establishment order of fun (“Holidays in the Sun”). The youths identified, the youths wanted to destroy, to destroy and rebuild.

The Sex Pistols sparked the largest musical rock revolution in history and started the punk movement.

Their extreme music sense, fashion style and their punk spirit still today influence society and artists from a broad range of fields including music, fashion, film, art … 

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Mr & Mrs Morris take the piss...

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Billy Idol, Dennis Morris, & Rodney Bingenheimer, photo by brozaphoto.com/@brozaphoto

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Private opening vibes... photo by brozaphoto.com/@brozaphoto

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The man of the hour... photo by brozaphoto.com/@brozaphoto

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From No Future to Odd Future: The Earl of Sweatshirt makes an appearance...

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Rebel Yell... photo by brozaphoto.com/@brozaphoto

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