February 23, 2017

God Save The Queen: The Infamous 1977 Sex Pistols' Silver Jubilee Boat Trip Down The River Thames

The Sex Pistols protest song God Save The Queen was originally released during the Silver Jubilee in 1977. During that summer the group's record label chartered a boat to go down the Thames, so that the band could perform the song on board - the idea being that it would be heard as it passed the Houses of Parliament.

The Sex Pistols performed God Save The Queen and other songs on 7 June 1977 while sailing down the River Thames. The event, intended to mock the Queen's river procession planned for two days later, ended in chaos after the police forced the boat to dock, then arrested manager Malcolm McLaren and most of the band's entourage.

(Photos: Brian Cooke/Redferns/Getty Images, via Mashable/Retronaut)


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