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Punk and New Wave Photos: The Buzzcocks in Liverpool in 1978.

Punk and New Wave Photos: The Buzzcocks in Liverpool in 1978.

Above Photo: Steve Diggle of the Buzcocks in Virgin Records, Liverpool, Friday 17th March 1978.

I took these photos of the Buzzcocks in March 1978, at a signing they’d attended at Virgin Records in St John’s Market in Liverpool city centre, after playing at Eric’s the night before. I’d skived off school especially so I could see them.

Back then the band consisted of Pete Shelley (guitar and vocals), Steve Garvey (bass), John Maher (drums) and Steve Diggle (guitar) .

Original photos of Punk gigs 1978 1979 new wave band the buzzcocks Liverpool gigs erics 1978 personal appearance virgin records st johns market punk photos punk autographs new wave band photos 1978 steve garvey steve diggle pete shelley john maher.

Steve Garvey, the Buzzcocks’ bass player in Virgin Records, Liverpool in March 1978.

When I got there, I immediately bought their new album, Another Music in a Different Kitchen, and asked them to sign it. I still have it in my stored record collection.

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My copy of Another Music in a Different Kitchen showing the autographs I got that day as a fresh-faced sixteen year-old.

The below really crappy photo of them playing at Mountford Hall, Liverpool University, was taken in May 1978, when they were supported by Penetration and Big In Japan.

Original photos of Punk gigs 1978 1979 new wave band the buzzcocks Liverpool gigs erics 1978 personal appearance virgin records st johns market punk photos punk autographs new wave band photos 1978 steve garvey steve diggle pete shelley john maher.

The Buzzcocks onstage at Mountford Hall, Liverpool in [ ] 1978

I don’t know who signed my name on this (below) but I think it might have been Steve Diggle, looking at the “t” and ballooning “l” in his own autograph and the ‘t’ and ‘d’ in mine.

punk autographs photos of Punk gigs 1978 1979 new wave band the buzzcocks Liverpool gigs erics 1978 personal appearance virgin records st johns market punk photos punk autographs new wave band photos 1978 steve garvey steve diggle pete shelley john maher.

More Buzzcocks’ autographs, including one of my own name by Steve Diggle.

I’m just posting these here them for Punk Posterity, rather than for any photo-journalism awards!

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And two of my favourite tracks off the Another Music album, including the opening track, Fast Cars. What a start to an album….

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