Joe Strummer plaque unveiling

Following the newly unveiled Joe Strummer plaque, everyone knows Kings Road was the fashion hub of punks forty years ago but did you know that Bell Street in NW1 was the punk HQ of the UK scene…?

Here’s why:

  • In 1976 Malcom McLaren was living at 93 Bell St. with his art school friend Helen Wellington-Lloyd, the “Helen of Troy” character in Julian Temple’s film The Great Rock’n Roll Swindle.
  • The first Sex Pistols press release bears 93 Bell St. as the official address.
  • Steve Jones and Paul Cook also lived in Bell Street.
  • 33 Daventry St. NW1, the squatting location where Joe Strummer lived during a pinnacle creative period in 1978 and 1979.
  • The Damned’s Captain Sensible recalled how the band used to rehearse in a church in Bell St. NW1.
  • 43 Daventry Street, off Bell St. was where The Slits hung out and rehearsed, Viv Albertine mentions it in her 2014 book “Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music,Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.”
  • Julian Temple filmed Sid Vicious’s “C’mon everybody” and “Something Else” videos in 33 Daventry St. where Joe Strummer lived /squatted from late ’78 until mid-1979.
  • The Clash used the Edgware Road Ice Cream parlour as their office and where interviewed there by then local student Gary Crowley.
  • The infamous story of Mick and Paul spotting Joe in the Dole office, took place in Lisson Grove Jobcentre (still there to this day). Marc Zermati, the organiser of the “first European punk rock festival” in 1976 Mont de-Marsan, FR opened “Bizarre” the first independent records store in Praed Street, just across Edgware Rd.
  • Mick Jones lived down the Harrow Rd, in Royal Oak looking 18 storeys high over the Westway.

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