December 21 1977, and le tout punk rock are out in force for the opening night of the Roxy in Covent Garden, a tiny club leased for three months by Andy Czezowski, Generation X’s manager.
Looking dapper at the centre of Erica Echenberg’s photograph is John Lydon, already a star of the scene with the Sex Pistols; on the right is Mark P, the young editor of the punk fanzine Sniffin’ Glue.
On the left is Brian James, songwriter and guitarist of The Damned, NME journalist Nick Kent and James’s then-girlfriend Julie Nylon. ‘Brian dumped her that night,’ recalls Echenberg, ‘and started up with me.
She stubbed a cigarette out in my face. They were lovely people, you know.’