Sex Pistols graffiti gets heritage status in London

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The decision by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, on advice from Historic England, is a major victory in the campaign to maintain Denmark Street, also known as “Tin Pan Alley”

Graffiti scrawled by Johnny Rotten in a run-down London house is being honoured by the British state as an item of cultural importance.
Historic England has recommended that the building in Denmark Street, where Rotten, who real name is John Lydon, wrote obscenities and drew cruel caricatures, should be grade II* listed.

The cartoon drawings and graffiti he scrawled all over the 1970s hangout of the Sex Pistols - a former silversmith’s workshop attached to a townhouse in London’s Denmark Street – have helped the building be awarded Grade 2* Listed Status, a rare accolade.

The decision by the Department of Culture, Media & Sport, on advice from Historic England, is a major victory in the campaign to maintain Denmark Street, also known as “Tin Pan Alley”, which is widely seen as a spiritual home for British popular music but is undergoing development, said Independent. 

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