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Published on : Wednesday, January 20, 2016
As punk celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016, here’s where you can celebrate its historic moments to modern-day influences as London’s cultural organisations tell the story of punk through art, design, film, fashion, literature, photography and, of course, music.
Three chords, a DIY attitude, ripped jeans and safety pins subsequently became the archetypes for a phenomenon that challenged the status quo and provoked outrage. But punk has always been more than a t-shirt or a piece of loud music: it’s an attitude and spirit that continues to be quintessential to London’s identity.
Punk.London will bring together events, gigs, exhibitions, performances and film that celebrates a movement that changed the face of music, culture, art, politics and fashion forever. It’s backed by some of London’s leading cultural organisations including British Fashion Council, British Film Institute, British Library, Design Museum, Doc ‘n Roll Films, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Live Nation Merchandise, Museum of London, The Photographers’ Gallery, PYMCA, Premier PR and On|Off, Rough Trade, Roundhouse and Universal Music Catalogue.
Events include the Roundhouse’s punk weekender 40 years on from when the Sex Pistols and The Clash gate-crashed the Ramones’ dressing room and then changed popular music forever. Other highlights include Don Letts’ film season drawing on the diversity of punk; the British Library pulling from the world’s biggest punk fanzine archive; Rough Trade’s one-off collaboration gigs, to a punk themed closing party at the Design Museum.