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UK punks The Damned, onstage at CBGB in 1977.

UK punks The Damned, onstage at CBGB in 1977.

Before Johnny Depp's Sweeney Todd, there was Dave Vanian.  This is the source material, folks.

Before Johnny Depp's Sweeney Todd, there was Dave Vanian. This is the source material, folks.

Sid Vicious and Dave Vanian watching Vivienne Westwood getting beaten at a Sex Pistols show 1976. Paul Saint Savage: "That guy's about to get a beat down in a few seconds from SEX shop workers and friends as well as the band. I read stories that she was antagonizing that dude for having long hair." Hervé Labyre: " Westwood started a fight with members of the audience (rumours say it was because she was feeling "bored") and that's how things went. McLaren then joined, and the band followed.

Sid Vicious and Dave Vanian watching Vivienne Westwood getting beaten at a Sex Pistols show 1976. Paul Saint Savage: "That guy's about to get a beat down in a few seconds from SEX shop workers and friends as well as the band. I read stories that she was antagonizing that dude for having long hair." Hervé Labyre: " Westwood started a fight with members of the audience (rumours say it was because she was feeling "bored") and that's how things went. McLaren then joined, and the band followed.

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