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Sid and Nancy’s Punk Rock History to Go on Display

LONDON – Some of the blood-splattered history of punk rock’s most infamous couple, Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen, is to be displayed for the first time at an art exhibition in London, the Independent on Sunday said. Artifacts from the couple’s room at New York’s Chelsea Hotel, where Spungen died from a stab wound to the stomach in 1978, will be shown publicly for the first time at The Hospital gallery at a date yet to be announced. They include a blood-flecked poster publicizing the Sex Pistols’ only official album release “Never Mind The Bollocks. Vicious was charged with second-degree murder over the killing, but died the following year of a heroin overdose at the age of 21. Both Vicious and Spungen, whose tempestuous relationship was chronicled in the 1986 film “Sid and Nancy,” injected drugs. It is unclear whether the spots of blood on the poster were a result of their use or of Spungen’s bloody death, the Independent said. The exhibition, which took 15 years to assemble, also includes original T-shirts, posters and hand-written lyrics, including some by Sid Vicious that were never recorded. The Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren prompted a revolution in music, clothing and art in the 1970s.