SPIRIT OF 76: LONDON PUNK EYEWITNESS, BY JOHN INGHAM, IS OUT NOW, PUBLISHED BY ANTHOLOGY EDITIONS.
John Ingham is one of the pioneers who championed Punk and helped change music forever. Writing under the nom-de-typewriter “Jonh Ingham” for the weekly music paper Sounds, he famously conducted the first-ever interview with the Sex Pistols in April 1976 after editor Alan Lewis encouraged him to follow his instincts. Convinced he had witnessed the future of music he followed them throughout the year, seeing at close range their evolution at historic gigs, including the first time they played “Anarchy In The UK,” and even bailed Sid Vicious out of jail.
Ingham also saw and wrote the first reviews of the Damned, the Buzzcocks, the Clash and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Noticing that hardly anyone was photographing these new groups, he picked up a camera and started documenting what he saw, shooting some of the only color images of these bands at the beginning of their careers.