London: R. Stevenson, 1977. 1st Edition. Small folio, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.
Music photographer Ray Stevenson's self-published collage of black-and-white photos, press clippings and memorabilia documenting the early days of proto-punk titans the Sex Pistols. Stevenson, who had previously shot Hendrix and Bowie, began taking pictures of the Pistols as a favor to his brother Nils, the band's early manager, but quickly became the punk scene's unofficial publicist. Pistols producer, business manager and Svengali Malcolm McLaren took pains to dissociate himself and the band from the Stevensons, claiming the mantle of "sole representation and management" in his brief intro statement here (evidently pirated), but Nils was generally recognized as doing the band's "donkey work": driving the van, organizing gigs, and scraping together meals of "baked beans and more baked beans" (http://www.untiedundone.com/obit.html). This edition was withdrawn from publication, re-edited and re-issued the following year as "The Sex Pistols File" after McLaren threatened to sue Ray over the cover's similarity to the cover of the band's only studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks. (Stevenson claims on his blog it was over the color yellow). Upper wrap remains bright despite some general toning and soiling; some creasing and rubbing to spine and edges. Small abrasion to fist page from sticker removal. Very good. Scarce. Item #766