Glitter's brick removed from wall of fame

Nov. 14, 2008 at 11:12 PM
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LIVERPOOL, England, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The management of Liverpool's famed Cavern Club says it has removed a commemorative brick bearing the name of disgraced rock icon Gary Glitter.

Glitter recently served about two years in a Vietnamese prison for sexually abusing two young girls. He had previously been convicted of possessing child pornography and is on Britain's sex offenders registry.

The people who run the club initially balked at removing Glitter's name, arguing that his contributions to the music industry still exist, regardless of his lurid personal life. However, the Liverpool Daily Post said the managers changed their minds after fielding complaints and talking to a child-abuse victim.

West Derby Member of Parliament Bob Wareing told the Post: "I didn't think (Glitter) was a good role model and I wouldn't myself have wanted to put his name up. I understand the club wanting to put across the history of the Cavern Club and really not leaving anything out. But, on the other hand, this is a special case."

The newspaper said Glitter's brick was removed Thursday and replaced by one for Pete Wylie, the lead singer of The Mighty Wah!

"It's not there any more and as far as I'm concerned that's the end of it," Dave Jones, one of the Cavern's directors, told the Post. "I just think it's strange. It's a fact -- a piece of music history -- but the people who are publishing music history aren't responsible for the actions of the musicians. What about the Rolling Stones and their problems with drugs? Where do you stop?"

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