On this day in 1976 occurred the Sex Pistols’ poorly attended but highly influential performance at the Lesser Free Trade Hall in Manchester. Here they are performing “Anarchy in the U.K.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.