Memories of the Marquee Club in London

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Memories of the Marquee Club in London

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I was born and raised in Britain and when I was in my mid teens the punk rock era came to life. Needless to say I jumped in with both feet, from the bondage pants to safety pins and of course I saw many bands play live. I think I impressed my kids the most when I they found out I had seen the Sex Pistols live. The image above and artwork shown below is of the late Sid Vicious, the bassist for the band.

The Marquee Club in London was the place to go as it was cheap and was open every night of the week…if my memory serves me right. All the famous bands of today, like The Rolling Stones, The Who, Police, Boom Town Rats, Jethro Tull, Generation X, The Stranglers, The Pretenders, XTC, The Jam, to name but a few, all played there. The changing room in the Marquee was covered in graffiti and looked more like a cell than anything else, but it was the venue to be at when you were just starting out. I remember one night I went there to see The Police and the supporting band, who I had not heard of at that time, was the Boom Town Rats! Who would’ve thought that their lead singer, Bob Geldoff, would become a “Sir”.

The Marquee originated on Oxford Street as a Jazz and skiffle club, but from 1964 – 1988 it’s new location was Wardour St., in Soho and it became a rock and punk club. After that it moved to Charing Cross Road and eventually closed in 1996. Truly defining the end of an era.

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Vanayssa Love

June 9, 2017at 9:41 pm

Love this Pennie. How interesting. I didn’t know any of that. How lucky you were to live near there at that time in history. You must have had so much fun. Was your mother worried?

    Pennie McCracken

    June 11, 2017at 1:48 pm

    Actually I didn’t live near London at that point in time I lived in Letchworth, Hertfordshire. However, in Britain, most major cities are just a train ride away. In fact we missed the last train home that night and could only get back as far as Stevenage and had to get a cab the rest of the way, it was a costly lesson!! My parents weren’t worried because they actually never knew…..but I never got into trouble, serious trouble that is :).

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