It’s not just Banksy that the British academia has a sudden hard-on for — archeologists are now arguing to preserve the primitive “graffiti” scrawlings of the Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten, allegedly depicting the band and manager Malcolm McLaren on their ex-flat’s walls.
Dr John Schofield, of the Department of Archaeology at the University of York thinks these “artifacts” deserve to be heralded as “a direct and powerful representation of a radical and dramatic movement of rebellion” and on par in significance with Paleolithic cave art. Ha! That is not to say that even amateurish vandalism by music history relevant figures isn’t worthy of preservation, to a reasonable degree, even though the academic behind this particular campaign is trying so hard to make archeology hip again in associating it with words like punk and graffiti, but… They still look like a bunch of drunk asshole’s lazy doodles. A talking bullocks-’n'-taint, anyone?