Inside Mick Jones' Rock & Roll Public Library

The latest instalment of Mick Jones' Rock and Roll Public Library opened last night in a converted key-cutting shop turned gallery in a public subway in London...
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The latest instalment of Mick Jones' Rock and Roll Public Library opened last night in a converted key-cutting shop turned gallery in a public subway in London...

The latest instalment of Mick Jones' Rock and Roll Public Library opened last night in a converted key-cutting shop turned gallery in a public subway under the Edgeware and Marylebone Roads, London. The Subway Gallery is a unique environment to show off a smaller sample of Mick Jones' rock and roll collection. One wall is plastered in original black and white punk fanzines, the front window display features beatboxes and a BAD guitar, and in amidst the Clash memorabilia there's an overwhelming sense of war.

"That's because we are at war," Head librarian Mick Jones told us. "There's a real war we're in, we're at war with the government, families are at war."

One wall is plastered in original black and white punk fanzines and the front window display features beatboxes and a BAD guitar.

Mick went on to re-iterate that he genuinely wants to create a real library of his collection at a time when libraries are being closed down. There are also plans for a book of the collection.The war theme features a fully stocked bookcase of war books, window displays of Zulu posters and toys, sandbags and old military photographs, and what looks like a full collection of Commando Comics.The exhibition was curated by Mick's friend Gordon who converted the former key cutters into the Subway Gallery in June 2006. It's a superb place to host the Library, directly beneath the Bakerloo line exit of Edgeware Road tube station in a huge underpass renamed after Mick's former songwriting partner Joe Strummer. The library is open until the end of march.

SUBWAY GALLERY open monday to saturday 11am - 7pm

Kiosk 1 Joe Strummer Subway Edgware Rd / Harrow Rd London W2 1DX07811 286503 info@subwaygallery.com www.subwaygallery.com

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