Sex Pistols Graffiti

November 21, 2011 by staff 

Sex Pistols Graffiti, A study by York archaeologists has concluded graffiti discovered in a flat once rented by the Sex Pistols in the 1970s may be more historically significant than the discovery of early Beatles recordings.

The intact graffiti, which was found behind cupboards in a property in London’s West End, has been described by researchers as “a direct and powerful representation of a radical and dramatic movement of rebellion”.

It follows a detailedanlysis of the graffiti’s content and its cultural significance by Dr John Schofield, from the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, and independent researcher Dr Paul Graves-Brown.

The bulk is by John Lydon, aka Jonny Rotten, and shows eight cartoons of himself and other members of the band, as well as their manager, Malcolm McLaren, and other associates of the band.

Dr Schofield said: “The tabloid Press once claimed that early Beatles recordings discovered at the BBC were the most important archaeological find since Tutankhamun’s tomb. The Sex Pistols’ graffiti in Denmark Street surely ranks alongside this and, to our minds, usurps it.”

Although they acknowledge it could be considered rude, offensive and uncomfortable, the researchers agree that its presence confirms the Denmark Street flat as an important historical and archaeological site in a street known as London’s ‘Tin Pan Alley’.

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