Roxy Our Story by Czezowski Andrew Carrington Susan
Flashing through the London underground music scene of the late seventies Punk Rock was the ultimate anti-movement anti-fashion anti-rock anti- establishment. Its bands consisted of players untrained in music looking to explode the heavy over produced rock of the previous generation stripping music down to its core. The music was banned from every venue and club in the United Kingdom from fear that it may dissolve the remains of Unity in the fragile political back drop of the time. The ROXY Club stood alone in its wish to promote this music against all odds it survived just 100 nights but during its short reign cut through the pomp and self-satisfied operators of the music business who finally saw they had no clothes. This very personal book from the diaries and memories of this infamous club by Andrew Czezowski and his lifelong partner Susan Carrington. How it all came about looking out from the centre of the maelstrom at the impact they were having during the most crucial 100 nights in PUNK rock music. It tells the fascinating story of the radical anarchic 'ROXY CLUB' in 1977's Covent Garden London. With its home-made ethos Andrew and Susan had no political agenda other than to live on their own terms all they expected from others was to do the same. The ROXY Club's sounds style and ideas still reverberate through alternative culture to this day.Illustrated with over 100 rare and previously unseen personal archive photos flyers rare artwork and newspaper clippings diary entries band contracts and other ephemera of the time featuring exclusive quotes from some of the PUNK bands that played this historical club.The ROXY book will be a highly entertaining and visually stunning guide to a pioneering alternative to the mainstream UK music scene a handbook of pluck and determination and a refusal to accept the norm while painting on a new canvas without brushes.Mick Jones from The Clash - 'I look at the 100 nights of The ROXY as the life span of Punk.'29th September 2016 2016 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.comNight clubs have been a fixture of urban life for at least a century. From Speakeasies to cellar discotheques they are the low-lit preserves of the city at play. A place to hold the night at bay; a club should imbue both intimacy and abandon. Although the alchemy for success is unpredictable the ingredients are simple music punters and alcohol. Countless night spots have succumbed to obscurity; those black door-ways and garish neon signs that once promised so much are long since forgotten in the relentless redevelopment of contemporary cities. Rare are the clubs that make their mark on history; those few that have left behind an indelible imprint include The Cavern The Marquee Whisky a Go Go Max's Kansas City CBGB's and The ROXY. Although widely disparate each was the flagship of a scene. From the Beatles to the Doors to the New York Dolls and The Clash iconic pop culture is rooted in club land. It's not about money but purity of expression; the best night spots usually lean to the seedy. Punk's foremost club The ROXY flourished despite it's less than salubrious neighbourhood.When enough time has elapsed we remember and succumb to nostalgia. In February 2013 the esteemed broadcaster Robert Elms fondly recalled The ROXY on BBC London reminding listeners of London's premier punk haunt. It has been almost 40 years since Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington were unceremoniously ousted from The ROXY. Until then they had run fleet footed with the moment. Generous and idealistic they turned a forgotten Covent Garden dive into the molten core of 1977 providing a platform for largely unsigned bands including The Clash The Heartbreakers The Police The Damned Siouxsie & The Banshees Generation X The Buzzcocks X-Ray Spex The Vibrators The Rejects The Stranglers The Slits Johnny Moped. Virtually every single act that played The ROXY walked away with a record deal. Harpers & Queen magazine lauded the club whilst John Bonham Jimmy Page Robert Plant Donovan and Marc Bolan came to pay their respectsThe ROXY Book stands as a testimony to Punk's first feral season. Lavishly illustrated and containing quotes from Andrew Czezowski Susan Carrington Barry Jones (partner) Don Letts Shane MacGowan Jayne County Brian James Leee Black Childers Walter Lure Cherry Vanilla Mick Jones Tony James and Alan Edwards of 'The Outside Organisation' PR agency The ROXY Book is both a visual and cultural record of a key moment in English Punk Rock history.Although Andrew continued to work with his latest charges Generation X the success of their inaugural gig at The Roxy led to Czezowski and Carrington launching the club as London's sole Punk venue. As Shane MacGowan noted: 'The R...