Tuesday, 4 May 2010

You can't always get what you want...

Image courtesy of www.rbkc.gov.uk

For the next in our shrines series we stir up that old rivalry, moving from Abbey Road and the Beatles to Kings Road and the Stones.

The Chelsea Drugstore, opened in 1968, shocked Royal Avenue residents not only with its modern glass and aluminium facade but even more so with it's clientele.
Noted in the famous Rolling Stones song, it was also used as a location in the controversial Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange.

“I went down to the Chelsea Drug Store,”
“To get your prescription filled…”
The Rolling Stones, You Can’t always Get What You Want, 1969

Here you can see Alex chatting up a few devotchkas...
For more stills from the movie, as well as an anoraks guide to the records and magazines featured in this scene, check out John Coultharts blog

Unfortunately the Chelsea Drugstore is no more, having been turned into a McDonalds restaurant, but there is an official Chelsea Drugstore facebook page, aimed at connecting old friends and sharing tales of this important place in London's music, film and fashion history.

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