Mick Jones and his Rock’n’roll library
The Rock and Roll Public Library is the brainchild of Mick Jones (formerly of both the Clash and Big Audio Dynamite).
Mick recognises that what he is, is not just shaped by his experiences in the Clash but instead by a whole myriad of culture experienced (and collected) over his lifetime. So the library includes artifacts from throughout his time on the planet from the cameras he’s used to the bikes he’s ridden and the toys he’s owned
When I visited Mick was busy tidying up the book department and gently singing along to the music over the sound system. He seemed to having a great time and was happy to have his picture taken.
The Rock and Roll Public Library consists of several rooms packed full of items collected over Mick’s life. From LP’s, to videos, to books and fanzines there’s a wealth of exhibits on display _ including some old Clash and BAD clothes worn by Mick back in the day.
You can take your own USB stick or buy one there and scan in anything from the hundreds of books and fanzines. It’s all free (and works just like a normal library).
There’s a cinema room and a video room where you can put films on. Round the corner is a live studio with bands rehearsing. The place had a great vibe going on, nice and chilled.
The Rock and Roll Public Library at 2 Acklam Road, Ladbroke Grove London from 18th July to 25th August 2009