THE ROLLING STONES‘ former flatmate JAMES PHELGE is heading an on-line campaign to have their former dwelling at 102 Edith Grove in London’s Chelsea commemorated with a blue plaque by English heritage. He’s also concerned that the property may actually be demolished – as has happened to the houses on the other side of the road – and hopes that the house will be recognised as a historic landmark.
Phelge, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones all lived in the house in the early 1960s while The Rolling Stones were struggling on the blues and jazz club circuit; they lived in poverty because they believed in their music enough to work at it full time, turning down day-jobs.
Fans from all over the world have written to Phelge asking him to head the campaign. His online petition will be forwarded to the English Heritage Foundation.
They have already given blue plaques – awarded to London buildings of great historical interest – to houses occupied by The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.
“Many foreign artists have plaques on their former residences in London,” says Phelge. “So why not the Stones?”
Click here to sign the petition.
Who else should get a blue plaque? The building in Denmark Street where the Sex Pistols squatted? Pulp’s Mile End slum? The house in Highgate that Brett always goes on about where he wrote ‘Dog Man Star’ and got wrecked big time? Have your say. Post a message on Angst!
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