The Roxy Our Story: The Club That Forged Punk in 100 Nights of Madness Mayhem and Misfortune by Andrew Czezowski, Susan Carrington, 9780995612907
In 2018 we'd love more people to try us, we've shipped over 10,000,000 orders to date & would be so happy to add more new customers in the USA & globally:
FAST Worldwide Delivery
- Condition: New
- ISBN 9780995612907
- Availability: Usually dispatched within 1 working day
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
Night 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 respects.
The 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 ROXY was the first place that the punks could think of as their own.' With the recalcitrant approval of Bernie Rhodes, The Clash officially launched the Roxy on January 1st 1977. Susan Carrington: "Having the Clash endorse The ROXY put us on the map. It was an amazing night. We squeezed in wave after wave of people. There were probably about 400 kids packed into a venue with a capacity of 100. After that night, our lives became a traveling circus, even though we stayed in one place."
Although The ROXY enjoyed a high media profile, attracting the music, tabloid and fashion press, as well as a battalion of multi-national camera crews the club swiftly became a victim of its own success. Punk purists, Julie Burchill and Tony Parson's turned in an NME feature entitled 'Fear & Loathing at The ROXY' which only furthered the club's infamy whilst Peter York, writing for Harpers & Queen fondly sited the venue as a '35 year olds vision of hell'. Despite The ROXY's rapid ascension as the 'in' place to be, Czezowski and Carrington barely scraped by. Behind the scenes they staved off an unscrupulous land-lord with criminal affiliations, take-over bids by fashion and music scene elite not to mention threats of physical damage by bolshie band management and two robberies. Going beyond the perimeters of most rock histories, 'The ROXY Book' charts punk's integration into mainstream culture through first- hand accounts. Although The ROXY's life-span was all too brief, by the time Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington were evicted from the venue in April 1977, they had made their mark on club-land.Andrew and Susan, the dynamic couple went on to create the most successful and influential independently owned club of the 80's and 90's, 'The FRIDGE' in Brixton London, another BOOK for another time.
More from around the web about this book:
- GoodReads - Good book community with millions of reviews.
- Google Books - Offer book previews etc, also links to ebooks.
- WorldCat - Useful for checking book availability in libraries etc.
- Abebooks - Abebooks have millions of new & out of print books.
Completely FREE saver delivery is offered for all orders. Typical delivery time is 3 working days after dispatch. Faster delivery options available at checkout. Please note items may dispatch in separate or combined shipments when purchasing multiple items, also that tracking may or may not be available as we use a range of postal delivery companies and couriers.
Calculating estimated delivery times
Delivery is estimated at 1-3 working days after dispatch (depending upon options chosen at checkout) PLUS the "Availability" time estimate given in the product price section at the top of the page. Ex. if this states "Usually Dispatched Within 1 Working Day" and you order at 11am the delivery estimate would be 3 days. Orders from 6pm for example wouldn't process that day so delivery estimate would be 4 days. Also please note that we do not dispatch on the weekend and do not class these as working days.
Completely FREE saver worldwide delivery is offered for most orders. Please note items may dispatch in separate shipments. Apologies but we don't ship to EU countries other than the UK. Booksplea.se reserve the right to cancel or amend orders which incur a loss for Booksplea.se. Customers located in one country selecting delivery to an alternative country may see delivery charges added at checkout.
|Costs & delivery|
Estimated Delivery Time (from point of dispatch)
4-9 Working Days
What if my order hasn't dispatched within the dispatch time estimate?
Sorry if this occurs with your order - we are still processing the order and will dispatch ASAP. Typically any delays encountered are for just a 24 hour period. If you wish to cancel the order & source elsewhere please contact us.
What if my shipment is overdue?
In the event of 15 working days (25 for non UK customers) passing from the point of dispatch with no goods being received we will confirm the delivery address with yourself and normally would either dispatch a replacement shipment or issue a refund.
To return your product, you should mail your product to: Booksplea.se, Aphrohead Ltd, 277a Wennington Rd, Southport, PR9 7TW, United Kingdom. You will be responsible for paying for your own shipping costs for returning your item if we are not at fault - If needed a freepost return address can be given for any defective or incorrect product, please contact us if this is the case. If you are shipping an item over £75, you should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We don't guarantee that we will receive your returned item.
Our Returns policy lasts 30 days from the date of delivery. If 30 days have gone by since your delivery date, unfortunately we can't offer you a refund or exchange. To be eligible for a return reasonable care must be taken to return the goods in the condition received. Ideally this would be returned in the original packaging.
Once your return is received and inspected, we will send you an email to notify you that we have received your returned item. We will also notify you of the approval or rejection of your refund. If you are approved, then your refund will be processed, and a credit will automatically be applied to your credit card or original method of payment, within a certain amount of days. Late or missing refunds (if applicable) If you haven't received a refund yet, first check your bank account, there is often some processing time before a refund is showing in your account. If you've done this and you still have not received your refund yet, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is next day delivery not available?
As the site gets bigger it will be but we don't have sufficient volume to offer this currently.
Can I collect from your warehouse?
No sorry. We are internet trading only, previously we did have a bookshop where this was possible.
How can I enter a coupon code?
On the cart page under the "Use A Coupon" tab.
Do you guarantee delivery by a particular date?
No we don't sorry - we ship to over 100 countries through many different carriers and cannot offer a guarantee that your order will arrive within a particular timeframe.
Can I order by phone?
Sorry this isn't available for smaller orders (under £250), the costs of telephone staff don't cover the extra sales generated.
Do you have fly fishing by JR Hartley?
Sorry out of stock - if it's not for sale on the site we don't have it. We may add the ability to pre-order titles in the future.
Are all items held in stock?
Not all - we have over £900,000 of stock in our warehouse but would need tens of millions of pounds worth of inventory to have just 1 copy of everything for sale on the site. We place daily orders with in excess of 100 publishers and wholesalers who typically deliver into us next day. Also please note if placing a larger order the delivery time frame may slightly increase due to the need to possibly source titles from multiple suppliers. Please note this is the same model used by nearly all online booksellers.
I'm pleased with your service and want to leave a review of your site?
Please if you are so inclined leave a review on Google. We seem to have picked up 6 bad reviews and just 4 good ones (from over 170k orders under the booksplease name). Hardly anyone leaves a review for us on there but this is the first thing you see googling our name so we rely on happy customers helping us out.
I've never ordered off you is it safe?
It's safe & all will be ok - you may have ordered from us before under our previous selling name "Aphrohead" - we have processed around 18,000,000 orders since the companies formation in 2005. We are located in Southport, UK