ROTTEN Preview@ DOOMED GALLERY This Wednesday evening…………

ROTTEN

 Preview  Wednesday 10th October 12   6 – 9 pm / Wednesday 10-Oct to 17-Oct

DOOMEDGALLERY is thrilled to open a new exiting show as part of the  Photomonth festival, this will be more like a party celebrating the achievement of Jonny Rotten and the Pistols. We are going to have The Hackney Secular Choir giving their renditions as well as various clips and movies.

 Jonny Rotten became a fast rising front man not only for a band, the Sex Pistols we all have in the back of our mind even now, but for a movement, a counter current, an impulse against the smooth polite grain of English society.

Rotten embodied this new independence that “meant the overthrow of the establishment music industry through people seizing the means of production, making their own entertainment, and selling it to other creative and autonomous spirits”, in the words of protopunk band The Desperate Bicycles.

It is funny to think the Desperate Bicycles hired a studio in Dalston in 1977, now that, 35 years later, Ken Flaherty, the founder of Doomed Gallery is putting up a show that also commemorates their importance and legacy, by choosing a point of focus, non other than an iconic photograph of Jonny Rotten getting heated up on stage. But the Desperate Bicycles like Rotten symbolised this new independence that “meant the overthrow of the establishment music industry through people seizing the means of production, making their own entertainment, and selling it to other creative and autonomous spirits”.

This show pays homage to free spirit above all, and defies anyone to deny that a world without it is worth living in at all.

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