This Alex Turner article was written by Suzanne Oswald, a GIGsoup contributor
The jacket Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner wore to the Brit Awards in 2014 is among a collection of rock and pop memorabilia being auctioned off for charity.
Blur’s Dave Rowntree has helped organise the auction, which will benefit refugees affected by the Syrian conflict. A number of huge artists have donated items which will be auctioned to the public on eBay from 9pm November 26 to 9pm on December 6.
Rowntree has said that the recent Paris attacks are an insight into what refugees are facing everyday: ‘The Bataclan is part of the DNA of the European music industry,” he said. “I’ve played there, as have most of the musicians I know,” said Rowntree. “Now, more than ever, we must show our support for the men, women and children who are fleeing terror in Syria because, on Friday, we all saw what that terror looks like‘.
The items available will include a signed guitar from Coldplay, personal items from Sir Paul McCartney and a working ice cream van, seen on stage with Blur earlier this year at Hyde Park. Alex Turner’s jacket was worn during his memorable speech at the Brit Awards in 2014 when he declared that ‘rock’n’roll will never die’.
All funds raised will go to the International Rescue Committee.