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Founding member of the Sex Pistols, Glen Matlock tells the story of the band at the Plough in Torrington

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: February 20, 2014

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FOUNDING member of the Sex Pistols, Glen Matlock, is at the Plough on Friday, telling a personal version of how the band formed, exploded on to the world-wide music scene and then disintegrated.

Glen, who co-wrote most of their iconic songs, will also be telling the tale of growing up in a London and meeting remarkable people, many of them now iconic characters who form part of the mythology of the original British (and American) Punk movement.

From would-be impresarios Malcolm McLaren and Bernie Rhodes to dodgy geezers and unreliable roadies, Glen promises to tell his tale with wit and gusto. He will also be playing songs, including the big hits Anarchy In The UK, Pretty Vacant and Holidays In The Sun.

A former art school student and Saturday boy at McLaren and Vivienne Westwood's Chelsea boutique Sex in 1975, Glen helped to shape the punk movement and played bass on some of the greatest recordings of the era. His story of the Pistols' rise to global infamy promises to be an honest, insightful account of a group of intelligent malcontents, determined to change the music business and to attack hypocrisy and stale conventions in society at large.

Glen Matlock is at the Plough Arts Centre, Torrington on Friday, February 21, 8pm. Tickets: £15 (full), £12 (concession), £10 (Plough supporter). Box office: 01805 624624.

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