Sex Pistols’ London home given a listed status

The London property where the band wrote some of their hits will be preserved.

The Sex Pistols
Anti-establishment There's more than a tinge of irony in this story.

A house on a London street where Johnny Lydon scrawled all sorts of doodles during the 1970s has been given a listed status, ensuring the building’s long-term preservation.

The property, a former silversmith’s workshop attached to a townhouse on Denmark Street in the city, has been awarded a Grade 2* Listed Status.

The outbuilding of 6 Denmark Street, which was a base for the Sex Pistols in the mid 1970s still has a number of drawings on the wall by lead singer Lydon, including one which reads: ”DEPRESSED MISERABLE TIRED ILL SICK BOOED & BORED.”

Lydon also drew his other bandmates and manager, Malcolm McLaren, who is given the title Muggeridge and is shown with a fistful of cash in another image.

Musings of a punk
Musings of a punk One of the drawings at the property. Image Historic England

Listings advisor Posy Metz, who assessed the buildings, said she did not see a conflict between the Pistols’ famous anti-establishment stance during the career and listing a building linked to them.

She told The Guardian: “The purpose of listing is to flag things which are of historical and cultural importance and I think punk is a really important part of our cultural history and including it in the listing is a way of recognising that.

“The alternative is saying: let’s forget all about punk because they don’t want to be remembered as part of our history.”

Sex Pistols
Historical value The London property. Image Historic England

Metz added that it was important that people who did not live through the punk era should be aware of it as an important cultural phenomenon. 

“Punk can teach us a lot in our modern lives in terms of freedom of expression and not conforming … it is really important these things are understood and valued.”

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Loaded’s entertainment editor Jennifer O’Brien is an award-winning journalist who has written extensively about popular culture as a national newspaper columnist and author. Follow her on Twitter at @Jen_OBrien1

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