Thursday, 31 May 2012


In the 1970s a musical and cultural phenomenon first hit Thanet – it was called punk.
In the June issue of Thanet Watch magazine Steven Todd gives a personal account of how punk came to the Isle and how it changed his life.
He recalls some of the early pioneers of the music and revisits the Queens Hotel, Cliftonville, the first major venue for punk in Thanet
“The gigs were a revelation,” he says. “The old audience/band divide vanished. You didn’t watch, you partook.”
He adds: “A new feeling was abroad. The mainstream was redundant, an alternative was needed… this would be punk.”
The June issue of Thanet Watch also tells the astonishingly corrupt story of one of Thanet’s ex-council leaders, how the Isle got its film society and the strange story of the Irish China Gateway
Also: John Worrow exposes the unacceptable face of local Tories.
Plus: a full guide to entertainments and the arts in Thanet this month

Thanet Watch, price 60p, is in newsagents across Thanet now.
For more information ring Norman Thomas on 01843 604 253

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