Bernard Rhodes talks to writer and musician John Robb about the past and living present of punk, and much more besides
Bernard Rhodes shares with Malcolm McLaren the title of the prime-instigator of UK punk. ‘Been there, seen it, done it’ hardly does his story justice. Inspired by the avant-garde Situationist movement, and the designer of radical t-shirts for McLaren and Westwood’s Kings Road shop, it was Rhodes who introduced John Lydon to the Sex Pistols before engineering the formation of the Clash. With him as their manager and co-creator of their super-committed style, the Clash became and remains one of the biggest bands of the era, and a symbol of punk as a positive force. Alongside his two stints with them, Rhodes also nurtured the Specials and Dexy’s Midnight Runners to huge success.
John Robb is creator of online magazine/blog Louder than War and founder member of bands the Membranes and Goldblade. His books include Punk Rock: An Oral History.
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