I can't read all of the responses, so sorry if I repeat things said above. I was there - London 1976. The movement was palpable, and inspiring at gut-level. I was already playing guitar. My band was covering the MC5, Alice Cooper, and similar. But that summer, it all broke loose. I read the MM and the NME, I heard all this talk about the Pistols and the Damned. I went on a long tube ride to see the Pistols, and the show was cancelled when I got there. Another night they played London at the 100, but I stopped at the Marquee to see a fellow Californian (Pat Travers) and missed one og history's great performances! I was able to see the Damned when they opened for the Runaways and the Troggs at the Chalk Farm Roundhouse - possibly the first serious opening-act gig for a UK punk band. But the records - that's what I remember. The race was on to put out the first record. Pre-punk/post-"pub-rock" groups like Eddie and the Hot Rods were releasing self-produced 45's and EP's. Who was gonna be the first punk group to do so? The Damned released New Rose. I bought it the day it came out, from a street-coener vendor. I took it home to Finsbury Park, put it on the little record player - and it blew my mind! Not many days thereafter, then Sex Pistols released "Anarchy in the UK" which I also bought the day of release. And again - the intro, the performance - it just was unbelievably powerful. Soon after that, I went back to California, carrying all this in my head. It changed my life completely. And it changed the life of my then-never-expected son, who is now 35 and grew up listening to those old records of mine. In fact, I got tired of punk pretty quick, because it became more of a fashion movement. But I love the old records.