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London is the music capital of the world and many of the greatest rock bands began their careers here. We show you the locations where they began their careers, places that were an integral part of their stories, and we even look at where they lived and live.
It was here, in December ,that a young, and not yet famous, Bob Dylan gave one of his first English folk performances. Later, On 4th October the Pogues played their first gig here.
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Oasis debut London performance also took place here on 27 January The pub is now the headquarters of the Grand Order of Water Rats hence the change of namean entertainment charity and brotherhood, founded in Membership is limited to famous figures from the field of entertainment.
Formerly the IBC studios. On 11th MarchGlyn Johns brought a group of young hopefuls here to record a few demo s. The demo disc they cut was sent to Decca Records who immediately ed them up. The group was The Rolling Stones.
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It was also here that The Who recorded My Generation. The studios were, at one stage, owned by Don Arden, Sharon Osborne's father. He founded the studios to dub English films in to French.
The studios expanded ificantly in the "swinging" '60s. Jimi Hendrix also recorded Hey Joe here in October In July Bob Marley recorded his album Live! The Kinks song Come Dancing was an affectionate tribute to the Lyceum and poignantly remembered Ray Davies older sister Rene who died on the dance floor here of a heart attack on his thirteenth birthday.
Earlier that day she had given him his first guitar as a present. In the late 's the Lyceum became a major Punk venue and the likes of the Sex Pistols used to appear here on Sunday nights. Nowadays the only spiky hair you are likely to see is on the lions in Lion King. The Sex Pistols performed their first gig here on 6th November At the time they were living in nearby Denmark Street, so they simply carried their equipment over the road!
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Their bass player Glen Matlock had been a student at the college, as had their manager Malcolm Mclaren, who had studied life-drawing here in until, that is, his mother objected to the nudes on display, whereupon he switched to studying graphics. The Sex Pistols gig wasn't a resounding success and the plug was pulled after just five s. But they had made their point. It was here that Johnny Rotten's old school friend, John Beverley better known as Sid Viciousbegan jumping up and down and created a dance that became known as Pogoing. Jarvis Cocker of Pulp and Sade were also students at the College.
Eric Clapton bought his first guitar here, as did Dave Davies of the Kinks on hire purchase. Davies also worked at the store as an apprentice in the woodwind department. Mick Taylor, Brian Jones's replacement in the Rolling Stones, bought his first Les Paul guitar at the shop, which was sold to him by a young sales assistant by the name of Paul Kossoff who went on to become the lead guitarist with the group Free.
Known as London's Tin Pan Alley, this was the heart of the music business from the 's to the 's. Elton John's, or Reg Dwight as he then was, first job after leaving school was as an office boy with Mills Music, a publisher located at La Giaconda was a popular 60's hang out where the Small Faces were formed.
Marc Bolan and David Bowie both hung out here.
In the early days of Punk Rock the Sex Pistols lived in a small and squalid attic flat here and, in Julyrecorded their first hits, Anarchy In The Uk and Pretty Vacant in a rehearsal room at the back of the building. The Regent Sound Studios were one of the cheapest places for musicians to record their work in the early 's.
Later Mick Jagger stayed at the Ritz from December to January since, as a tax exile, he couldn't reside at his house on Cheyne Walk in Chelsea.
One night in January David Bowie, who at the time was suffering with flu, glammed up and posed for the album cover of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars outside this building. Indeed, one bemused resident famously bemoaned the fact that they'd turned a Gin Palace into a Tin Palace.
It is now McDonald's! They didn't attend as they were hospitalised after a car crash. Ringo Starr, however, attended on their behalf so they got by with a little help from their friend! David Bowie lived here It was at the time of the coal miners strike, and Bowie was curious to know what it would be like to live in a coal mine, so he painted all the entire interior of the house black.
Many Stones songs were written in a recording studio he built in the back garden. Used as a backdrop in the Beatles film Helpbut, perhaps, best known for its appearance on the cover of the Pink Floyd album Animals when a huge 40 foot inflatable pig was tethered to it. During the shoot, in Decemberthe pig broke free of its mooring and airline pilots began reporting sightings of a UFP Unidentified Flying Pig.
Air traffic control were forced to reroute flights over south-east England.