An author is looking for people to share their stories of the High Wycombe punk scene for a new book. 

Martin James, who spent his younger years on the Wycombe punk scene before becoming a music and lifestyle journalist, is looking to interview people about their own experiences for his new book, Wycombe Punks – the forgotten pioneers of UK punk.

Martin, a Professor of Music Industries at Southampton Solent University, was inspired to pen the book after High Wycombe punk band The Xtraverts, who got together in the town in 1976, reformed last year. 

Martin said: "There is a strong community in the punk scene in High Wycombe. It’s been massively overlooked in the history of British punk but it’s a very important part of music history. 

"I want to hear from the people who were involved, the people who went to the gigs at the town hall and the Nags Head, which could be seen as the birthplace of punk in Wycombe." 

The Nags Head played host to the likes of the Sex Pistols, Blondie, Thin Lizzy and Status Quo in the 1970s, booked in by legendary rock promoter, Ron Watts. 

Martin, who grew up in Marlow, has fond memories of the punk scene, including following The Clash around the country with his friend at the age of 14.

He said: "I feel like there’s a huge interest in the history of punk. I have fantastic memories of the scene and I remember there being so many creative people, artists and designers. It was a place for all the outsiders to come together. It was a great moment in history." 

Martin hopes to have the book completed in September.

To share your experiences or photos of the High Wycombe punk scene, email Martin at