I was there: 5 classic club nights

The Historic England Blog

The club nights that created musical movements, spawned sartorial styles and defined generations have become rooted in place.

Though typically short-lived, these classic institutions of unbridled hedonism have left a lasting effect. Were you there? Tell us about it in the comments.

1. The Roxy, Covent Garden, London

The original Roxy was located on Neal Street in Covent Garden and was there at the beginning of the punk scene.  Initially a gay bar, it was taken over by Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington in 1977 and in the first (and only) four months of its existence, it played host to almost all of the greats of punk, including the Buzzcocks, X-Ray Spex, Siouxsie and the Banshees and the Buzzcocks. The venue opened on New Year’s Day with a performance by the Clash.

2. Henry’s Blueshouse at The Crown, Birmingham

By Warner Bros. Records (Billboard, page 7, 18 July 1970) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Black Sabbath (Billboard, page 7, 18 July 1970) By Warner Bros…

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