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[Perspectives] Hey ho, let’s go

It’s 40 years after the Sex Pistols’ Anarchy in the UK and the Ramones’ self-titled debut album. Earlier this year the British Library put on Punk 1976–78, a lovingly curated exhibition of punk memorabilia; and, in hindsight, Johnny Rotten and Joey Ramone were altogether more benign than certain more mainstream 1970s entertainers. Has “the filth and the fury” of punk become merely an object of nostalgia?