Archaeologists examine Johnny Rotten’s graffiti

Published on November 22nd, 2011 | by Admin


Archaeologists have been examining graffiti drawn by Sex Pistols frontman Johnny Rotten on the walls of a flat they rented in London in the mid-1970s.

Dr John Schofield, of the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, and independent researcher Dr Paul Graves-Brown, suggest that the intact Sex Pistols graffiti may be of greater significance than the discovery of early Beatles recordings. They say the graffiti found behind cupboards in the property in Denmark Street in London is “a direct and powerful representation of a radical and dramatic movement of rebellion.”

The researchers carried out a detailed analysis of the graffiti’s content and its cultural significance. Though they concede it could be considered rude, offensive and uncomfortable, they contend 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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Story: David Garner, Eureka Alert | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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