1977 Year of Punk with Barry Cain


The Bureau of Lost Culture’s Stephen Coates and Paul Heartfield meet with writer Barry Cain, punk correspondent for Record Mirror during the incendiary years 1977 - 1979.

Barry tells of his London journey from a Kings Cross council estate, selling pets on Chapel Market to touring the US with the Sex Pistols, The Clash and the greatest bands of the punk generation.

We hear of early meetings with The Stranglers, Sid Vicious and John Lydon, a fantastical financial fraud perpetrated on a transatlantic flight with The Damned’s Rat Scabies and booze and fags fuelled evenings recording Malcolm McLaren’s secret memoirs

Barry Cain is journalist and author of ’77 Sulphate Strip: An Eyewitness Account of the Year that changed everything’ amongst other books.

He co-founded the influential Flexi Pop magazine and has written extensively on pop music.