(London): The Roxy, 1977. First Edition. Offset printed card stock, 3.5" x 2.5" approx. Fair condition, well worn. Creased, rubbed, and drenched in dried sweat. Yet still intact and readable. Name, date, member number, and signature lines all completed; phone number penned to verso. Fair. Item #16757
A first-year membership card for The Roxy in London's Covent Garden, epicenter of the UK's burgeoning punk movement. Date-stamped with an expiration date of 31 Dec. 1977, which, assuming a one-year membership makes the cardholder (one Mr. RH Edwards) an inaugural member: the Roxy's opening gala was New Year's day 1977, headlined by The Clash and The Heartbreakers. The premise at 41-43 Neal Street (the address features prominently on the card) began as warehouse, then a disco called Chaguaramas. But in late 1976 Andrew Czezowski, Susan Carrington, and Barry Jones purchased the building and mounted three early (and today very famous) shows in December 1976: Generation X, The Heartbreakers, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. The height of British punk was centered on the club, and its first 100 shows were remarkable: The Buzzcocks, The Jam, The Slits, The Police, The Stranglers, The Vibrators, Wire, XTC, among many others. A remarkable survival from a seminal locale in the history of punk.