The Rock and Roll Public Library

The Rock and Roll Public Library
Arts & Culture
Ruby Pseudo
  • 29 july 2009


The metamorphosis of former Clash guitarist Mick Jones from late 70’s socio-political hell-raiser to punk-rocks learned elder statesman looks complete with the opening of his own library. Located a stones row from the infamous road the Westway that inspired so much of his music, and set in a 3000 s/ft lock-up in Acton, The Rock and Roll Public Library will feature original artwork, fanzines, recording equipment, interactive features and of course a treasure trove of music and punk paraphernalia.


Jones claims the idea is a “direct artistic challenge” to that altogether more “corporate” affair, the British Music Experience, which recently opened it doors at ‘that bastion’ of artistic innovation the O2 Arena. Although he recognises the library will naturally appeal to bona-fide Clash fans he’s keen for it to be seen as a personal collection that can act as “a resource [to anymore] that can spark imaginations”.

The Rock and Roll Public Library

[via Coudal Partners]

Image of Mick Jones via the Telegraph

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