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Cos I Wanna Be ....Archaeology

Mickey Bradley | 20:44 UK time, Monday, 21 November 2011


Nothing makes you feel as old as one of your favourite bands being talked about in archaeological terms. Graffiti originating from the Sex Pistols, when they lived in a flat in Denmark Street in the London of 1976, has been described as a modern day cave painting of Lascaux. I’m not sure if that means a drawing of a stickman Johnny Rotten chasing a stickman Malcolm McClaren but I have learned that the scrawling, found behind cupboards, is crude and rude. And that’s without Sid. In the journal Antiquity the eight drawings by Johnny are described as “a direct and powerful representation of a radical and dramatic movement of rebellion." No it’s not, it’s just cartoons showing Steve Jones as ‘Fatty Jones’ and Malcolm grasping a handful of cash. I’ve seen it myself on the internet, and it seems the flat (and the rehearsal space in the basement) have been converted into modern offices, while the walls have been preserved. But I do agree that there should be a blue plaque above number 6 Denmark Street to mark the spot for aging punk rockers like myself.


  • Comment number 1.

    If you did read the article, you clearly didn't read it properly - the rehearsal space was not in the basement, it was on the ground floor, and we didn't suggest there should be a Blue Plaque. Personnaly I think these plaques and memorials are a waste of time.


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