One man's junk is another man's treasured archive and it was a pleasure to pay a visit to West London, under the Westway dual carriageway, at the weekend, to rake through the collection of one Mick Jones.
Musician, producer and all round good egg Mick Jones, best known as a member of The Clash, B.A.D, and most recently Carbon Silicon, opened up the self-styled Rock n Roll Public Library to showcase his nearly 10,000 strong collection of well, stuff.
Set under the iconic Westway in 3000 square feet of former office space, Mick Jones’s five-week civic endeavour, which sadly finishes tomorrow, includes records, cassettes, books, magazines, paintings, videos, toys, costumes, collectables, musical instruments and ephemera.
It's a wonderful archive that also includes a slightly vintage iMac 'Flat Panel' style Mac, the type housed in an attractive 10.6 inch half-sphere, ice white case with a chromed stainless steel neck.
According to EveryMac.com, these models were configured with both Mac OS X 10.1 and Mac OS 9.2 pre-installed and Mac OS X selected as the default operating system. It was interesting to see Mick Jones's iMac running on Mac OS 9, an operating system, which perhaps oddly, I still have affection for. I had a much loved iBook G3 or 'Clamshell' Mac laptop, which sadly died a death.
As The Rock n Roll Public Library is very much a hands on affair I was able to look deep into Mick Jones's Mac, all his files and documents. I worried a little that this and other 'souvenirs' might make it pass the front door, due to very lax security, but hopefully visitors will treat this fascinating collection with the respect it deserves.
(If you are quick - The Rock n Roll Public Library is at 2 Acklam Road Portobello Green, London, W10 5XL, 0207 7929626, nearest tube is Ladbroke Grove. The event runs until 7 pm on Tuesday 25 August 2009.)