Campaigners Launch Drive To Preserve London's Tin Pan Alley
Pop fans are campaigning for London's Tin Pan Alley music Mecca to be given official conservation status ahead of a planned redevelopment of the road.
Since the 1950s, Denmark Street in central London has been the spiritual centre of the British music scene, with stars from Jimi Hendrix to David Bowie and the Sex Pistols frequenting its guitar shops and studios.
Several buildings in the 108-metre (354-foot) long strip already have a 'listed' status, meaning they are protected from heavy redevelopment, but now campaigners want the entire road to be preserved for posterity.
Henry Scott-Irvine, who is leading the preservation campaign, tells Uncut magazine, "I worry about the erosion of our heritage through a process of gradualness. Denmark Street is a beacon. This is where British pop music started. It began as a home for sheet music, then publishers moved in because it was cheap. It became like London's Brill Building (traditional home of New York songwriters) and exploded in the '60s. It is such a significant part of our heritage."
Earlier this year (14), the road was given an iconic blue plaque, marking its status as a significant historical site in the U.K.