Last week I took a day off so I could buy a new helmet nad take a look at downtown São Paulo, where I haven’t visited for a long time.
I used to work in República neighbourhood in 2010 and could walk those streets and allys like no one else. But nowadays I feel a little intimidated
Nevertheless, I went to Rock Gallery. It is like an old mall dedicated only to rock and roll music.
The gallery was opened in 1963 in São João avenue and at the begenning it was focused in textil trade with more than 100 taylors. With the settlement of big malls in São Paulo, the gallery closed a lot of stores and it was almost abandoned for five years.
In 1976, the gallery got it’s first punk rock store claled Wop Bop and the administration of the building didn’t like it at all due to its public and fighting between punks, skinheads and headbangers was very comon – and the use of alcohool and drugs in the building also got on their nerves.
Other store owners tried to stop other rock stores to settle there. But in the 1980’s a lot of record stores begin to appear in every big commercial gallery in the country and there it wasn’t different. With many records stores, many urban tribes went to the gallery.
In 1993 the new administration knocked down the prohibition of rock stores in the building and a lot of urban tribes.
In the late 1990 and early 2000’s, the gallery lived its peak with a ton of rock records stores, clothes, collectibles, skate, tattoo’s shops and all. Today it is still a major reference in the country but a lot of stores closed. Even thought.
It is worth the visitation.
Rock Gallery: adress Av. São João, 439 – República, São Paulo
Oh yeah, and this just kicked in. Rock Gallery will host the first drone race of São Paulo on November 6th, as part of São Paulo Tech Week 2016.