Sex Pistols’ London house awarded Grade II listed status

The townhouse has been deemed historic by Historic England

The London townhouse where Sex Pistols lived and recorded in the ’70s has been awarded Grade II listed status.

Government body Historic England have deemed the building to be a “particularly important building of more than special interest”.

Number 6 Denmark Street was built in the 17th century and still features caricatures drawn by John Lydon of his bandmates and other notable punk figures like Malcolm McLaren and Nancy Spungen on its walls.

As Pitchfork reports, Historic England describes it as “a rare example of the cultural phenomenon of Punk Rock, captured in the physical fabric of a building.”

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It was recently announced that Joe Corré – the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and designer Vivienne Westwood – is to hold a ceremonial burning of punk memorabilia in Camden, in which he’ll torch a personal collection worth more than £5 million in its entirety.

Corré, who is the founder of lingerie brand Agent Provocateur, is to burn the collection in the London borough on November 26, the 40th anniversary of the release of the Sex Pistols’ ‘Anarchy in the UK’, in part in protest at the establishment-sanctioned nature of Punk London, which takes place later this year.

Punk London is backed by the Queen, who despite the Sex Pistols singing “God save the Queen, she’s ain’t no human being” has given the event her official blessing. Institutions like the British Library and the Museum of London have also backed the event.

In a press release about his plan, Corré said: “The Queen giving 2016, the Year of Punk, her official blessing is the most frightening thing I’ve ever heard. Talk about alternative and punk culture being appropriated by the mainstream. Rather than a movement for change, punk has become like a fucking museum piece or a tribute act.”
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