Monday, January 03, 2011

A punk address

A year ago today, I stood snarling outside 430 KING'S ROAD, London -- a place that helped put the snarl back into Rock 'n' Roll.
You might know the address as that of SEX, a boutique run by the late MALCOLM McLAREN and VIVIENNE WESTWOOD and the site of the founding of the pioneering U.K. punk band, the SEX PISTOLS.

Having my photo snapped outside 430 King's Road was a particular goal of mine during the trip to London my sister INGER and I took a year ago. It was my way of paying homage to a musical and style revolution that helped inform the person I have become -- one who refuses to accept the popularity of a mainstream without creative merit.

Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones spoke in Julien Temple 's documentary, "The Filth and the Fury," about the importance of 430 King's Road:

"We thought the Kings Road was it, we used to go down there regularly every week really, we would hit the Kings Road and then Malcolm's shop. We'd always go, that was one of the more exciting elements of Kings Road , we'd end up at his shop every week."

I'll listen to the Pistols while driving around today, and hope that other people will grow to question the status quo, just as the youth who frequented 430 King's Road did, so many years ago.