On 3 April 1976, a young art student called PT Madden positioned himself in front of a deserted stage at the Nashville, a music pub in London's West Kensington. The place was nearly empty: as he remembers, "There was no audience apart from about 20 rocker types at the bar." Moving aside the tables in the audience area, he braced himself against the back of a chair to create an ad hoc tripod, aimed his camera at the stage and waited for the object of his obsession.
PT Madden was there to photograph the Sex Pistols. He had attended their very first show at St Martin's College of Art in November 1975 and watched them alter the lyrics of the Small Faces' What'cha Gonna Do Bout It? "They made me laugh when Rotten sang, 'I want you to know that I hate you baby.'" After this initial encounter, he saw them again at the Marquee Club in February 1976: "That was the gig when I became fanatical about them after an irate French kid moaned, 'But you can't play!' and Glen Matlock swaggered back with, 'So what?' I thought it was joyous."