Doomed Palais dances into rock history

Not all change is good, nor is all of the past worthy of preserving, yet I still can't help but feel a twinge of nostalgia upon reading that the infamous Hammersmith Palais will be no more. I've never even been inside!!

Doomed Palais dances into rock history | News | Guardian Unlimited Music Hammersmith, a bustling metropolis of roundabouts, coffee shops and Primark, has for several decades been able to boast not one but two major music venues. But after nearly 100 years at the forefront of entertainment history, the “world famous” Hammersmith Palais will soon be no more.

Often described as iconic, mainly due to The Clash song (White Man) in Hammersmith Palais - not to mention School Disco every Friday night - the Palais will be torn down to make way for office blocks and restaurant facilities (read characterless high rises and “authentic” Italian coffee chains).

espite a hearty campaign by fans to save the venue and get the building listed, councillors for Hammersmith and Fulham today confirmed that it will be demolished. Councillor Lucy Ibimy, clearly not a School Disco regular, said: “We recognise the contribution the Palais has made to the west London music scene, but the golden days of the club are long gone.”
The venue opened in 1919 as Hammersmith Palais de Danse and was primarily a jazz venue, though it continued to be popular after the second world war as more and more live bands began playing there. David Bowie, Motorhead and, of course, The Clash are amongst those who have performed.

Wiki entry on the Clash tune

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(Clash, Live 1978)

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