Christmas Day 1977, a day to be spent with family and loved ones, unless of course you'd decided to spend it with The Sex Pistols.
The punk band, at the centre of a tabloid frenzy and banned from just about every venue in the country, had booked themselves into a small club in Huddersfield to perform a benefit in support of striking West Yorkshire fire fighters.
That evening, the band took to the stage to perform what would become their final UK gig.
There to capture the chaos was photographer Kevin Cummins. No stranger to The Sex Pistols, he'd been there at that gig at Manchester's Lesser Free Trade Hall just 18 months previously. Kevin incurred the fury of his own family to forgo Christmas in order to travel across The Pennines to document the event.
Every frame Kevin shot is here, for the first time, in this book of more than 150 colour and black and white photographs, each beautifully capturing Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Steve Jones, and Paul Cook as they play together for the last time in their home country. Just weeks later The Pistols would break up and a year later, Sid would be dead.
"You've had the Queen's speech. Now you're going to get the Sex Pistols at Christmas. Enjoy." - Johnny Rotten
Publisher: ACC Art Books
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 270 x 215 mm
"Kevin Cummins was sometimes more important than the bands." -- Pete Shelley; "Kevin's photographs have shaped the way fans perceive their idols." -- Noel Gallagher. "A book filled with 150 colour and black and white photographs, in which Cummins expertly captures the passion and power of Johnny Rotten, Sid Vicious, Paul Cook, and Steve Jones." -- Far Out Magazine. "It was a gig that now sounds unlikely. Britain s most notorious punk band, the Sex Pistols, performing at Ivanhoe s nightclub in Huddersfield on Christmas Day, 1977 There to photograph the Pistols that evening for weekly music magazine the NME was Kevin Cummins." --Yorkshire Post; ''What happened when the Sex Pistols threw a Christmas Party: A new book showcases a collection of photos that captures the band's last concert in England - they were in their pomp, on their mission, and fully charged.'--The Atlantic;