London: The Roxy, 1977. A first-year membership card for The Roxy in London's Covent Garden, the epicenter of London's burgeoning punk rock movement in 1977. Date-stamped with an expiration of 31 Dec 1977, which, assuming a 1-year membership, makes the former cardholder an inaugural member: the Roxy's opening gala was on January 1, 1977, headlined by The Clash and The Heartbreakers. With a phone number scrawled on the verso to seal authenticity.
The premises at 41-43 Neal Street in Covent Gardens (the address prominently stated on the card) began as a warehouse for vegetable storage in the late 1960s. In 1970 it was converted to a late-night disco and reggae bar called Chaguaramas. In late 1976 Andrew Czezowski, Susan Carrington, and Barry Jones purchased the building and sponsored three early (and today very famous) performances in December 1976, featuring Generation X, The Heartbreakers, and Siouxsie and the Banshees. Interestingly, even though the club was dedicated to punk, the membership card clearly states "The ROXY / Disco Club," either a subterfuge or a joking nod to the venue's previous incarnation.
The Roxy saw such a blur of drug-fueled activity in 1977 that its history is today still being researched and reconstructed. The entirety of the London punk scene was centered there, and its first 100 days saw performances by The Buzzcocks, The Damned, The Jam, The Police, The Slits, The Stranglers, Wire, and XTC. Harvest Records released a legendary live album in 1977 titled "Live at the Roxy SC2," featuring some of the regular acts. DJ Letts filmed many of the 1977 performances as well, many of which are documented in the 1992 film, "The Punk Rock Movie."
3.5 x 2.5 inches on card stock. Fair condition, thoroughly creased, drenched in dried sweat and every manner of alcoholic beverage, nicked and worn at the edges, and still beautifully intact and readable. Property of a gentleman named R.H. Edwards. [Book #126934]