The Sex Pistols' Guitar Tuner

Material Culture and Mythology


  • Paul Graves-Brown University College London



bollocks, Denmark Street, evidence, music technology, Sex Pistols, witness


Thanks largely to the print and TV media, the Sex Pistols are one of the most mythologised bands of the last 50 years. I argue that by studying the material culture evidence of their career, and comparing and contrasting it with other sources, we can begin to grasp something of the “truth” behind the legends.

Author Biography

  • Paul Graves-Brown, University College London

    Paul Graves-Brown is an Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL.


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How to Cite

Graves-Brown, P. (2015). The Sex Pistols’ Guitar Tuner: Material Culture and Mythology. Journal of Contemporary Archaeology, 2(1), 52-58.