Here’s a nice oral history of seminal UK avant-punks The Pop Group by my man Richard Gehr, from the Rolling Stone site.
As I wrote in LGTBOF, the influence of the NY Dolls (STILL not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, shamefully) was major. As Mark Stewart said: “We thought punk was about experimenting and having ideals and being political. The New York Dolls coming to England and getting on the telly changed a lot of my generation. If we’d never seen that, we’d be like clerks.”
Here’s what he saw on the BBC’s Old Grey Whistle Test in 1973: