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Tuesday, 22 March 2016 22:38

Sex Pistols graffiti supports Grade 2* listing

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From left: Rupert Orton of The Jim Jones Revue, the Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock and Henry Scott-Irvine of the Save Tin Pan Alley Campaign, by the Malcolm ‘Muggeridge’ McLaren cartoo From left: Rupert Orton of The Jim Jones Revue, the Sex Pistols’ Glen Matlock and Henry Scott-Irvine of the Save Tin Pan Alley Campaign, by the Malcolm ‘Muggeridge’ McLaren cartoo Photo : Independent

When Johnny Rotten pulled out a marker pen in the early days of Punk and started daubing words such “awful”, “headache” and “sick” over some newly-decorated walls he was inadvertently ensuring the entire building’s long-term preservation.

The cartoon drawings and graffiti he scrawled all over the 1970s hangout of the Sex Pistols - a former silversmith’s workshop attached to a townhouse in London’s Denmark Street – have helped the building be awarded Grade 2* Listed Status, a rare accolade.

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