The Crown is arguably the most important venue in Birmingham’s music history. It was here, in the upstairs room, that Henry’s Blues House was started by Jim Simpson and would play host to the early gigs of Earth, before they renamed themselves Black Sabbath.
But the The Crown was also a focal point for Brummie punks as it spread out of London. The Crown, or more specifically, the room above the bar which played host to all the amazing gigs and nights, is under threat with the brewery wanting to convert the space in to apartments. This would be a terrible fete to befall a genuine Birmingham cultural heritage space. It doesn’t take much imagination to think of the possibilities of what we could do with this room, a dedicated site for Birmingham Popular Music attracting tourists to the spiritual home of the legendary Sabbath, where you can still read the graffiti of the punks, Drongos For Europe, scrawled on walls, Sheldon Punks on the stairs.
We want to save this space, or at least enter into discussions with the brewery to re-think their plans and release the asset, which is of cultural importance to the city, which they are custodians of.
Would love to crowd this page with photos, ticket stubs, memories, gigs listings, anything to do with your time at The Crown and your thoughts about what we can do to save this amazing place!
To kick things off, here is flyer for the regular punk ‘discos’ that took place at The Crown, I’d love to hear from anyone who went there or has photos, who the dj was, and who the phone number belonged to!
If you can’t read the type because of the ingrained dust and bleed of the ink it says:
PUNKS OF ALL SEXES
ARE WELCOME EVERY FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHT
AT THE CROWN HOTEL HILL ST BIRMINGHAM
THE DJ YOU KNOW WOULD RATHER REMAIN INCOGNITO PUBLICITY WISE
ITS FREE ITS FREE
KEEP IT ROCKING
And this is what the upstairs looks like today, Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Judas Priest, Champion Boy Dupree,Thin Lizzy, not to mention the punks of Brum and countless others have all been present in these rooms, even the posters remain.