Apologies, everyone, for the lack of updates on where we are with the proposals. Significant progress is being made, and a list of projects to which we’d like to offer contracts is taking shape.
Although it’s unlikely that we’ll be able to announce the final, official list of new books until late April (there are many necessary internal hoops through which to jump, here at Continuum), I should be able to start contacting authors with a tentative “yes” or a definite “no” within the next ten days or so.
In the meantime, here’s an entry from Nick Rombes’ forthcoming A Cultural Dictionary of Punk: 1974-82…
“Gunning for Sex Pistols”
A letter to the editor published in the Los Angeles Times in 1977:
I’m greatly disappointed at Robert Hilburn’s enthusiastic review of the Sex Pistols’ debut album. If this is what is best in punk rock, then I will never buy such trash. Thanks for the education, but no thanks. By the time I was listening to the second track I was becoming appalled by the lack of imagination, the sameness of the melodies (what melodies?), the musical aridity and the unrelenting noise throughout, which Hilburn, regretfully, prefers to call “intensity.” Thank God and the Queen for sending us, instead, Paul McCartney and Wings and for their new and truly compelling and exhilarating “Girls’ School.”
[Tony Rico, “Gunning for Sex Pistols,” Los Angeles Times, December 4, 1977, p. X2]