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Andrew, Susannah and Malcolm

One punk or two?

We've been filming with godparents of the punk scene and a musical legend in London for People In A Film today.

Carney and Malcolm were received by Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington; founders of the legendary Roxy club - the heart of the British punk scene. Sipping Fortnum's tea out of antique Royal Doulton amongst an extraordinary collection of art, Andrew and Susan ranged across Wire, art punk, class, style and how it was for 100 days they came to run the club which defined British punk.

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, CBGB and The Roxy.  In 1970's London the Roxy flourished, despite its less than salubrious neighbourhood.

Generous and idealistic, Harrington and Czezowski 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 Slits, and The Vibrators.  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.

And then as rain started to collect and glisten on the streets of Soho on a winter's night, we met John RobbThe Membranes frontman and music journalist, took us on a walking tour of old haunts including the sites of the Roxy, Advision Studios and the 100 Club.

Wire recorded at Advision in September 1977, walking in to record Chairs Missing barely 12 months after first picking up instruments.   The studio complex was built to be able to house a 60-piece studio orchestra and had 35mm film projector screen for synchronizing with motion picture images.  Advision was also first studios in the UK to install 16 and 24 track recorders in the early 1970s.

The highly influential UK underground band, The Membranes, recently reformed.  In the 80's they developed a dark, discordant and wild music that was at the forefront of the Death To Trad Rock UK underground scene.

Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.

The Membranes' new album What Nature Gives... Nature Takes Away is out now on Cherry Red Records.