‘He showed you didn’t have to be angry to be punk’: musicians on Pete Shelley

Glen Matlock, Peter Hook, Jon Savage and other punk luminaries pay tribute to the former Buzzcocks frontman

I knew them right from the get go. They came all the way from Manchester, Pete and Howard, and turned up at Malcolm [McLaren]’s to track us down so that they could book us for a show up there, so they had someone to support. They really stuck their heads out when nobody had heard of us. They didn’t support us the first time we played Manchester because they hadn’t got a band together, but they did the second time. I remember Pete had this really cheap guitar with half the body missing. He said he had got it from Woolworths, and the top bit had just fallen off, but that’s all they had and they were going to do it anyway.

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