Pamela Rooke

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For the 1990s model known as Jordan, see Katie Price.

Pamela Rooke (born 23 June 1955 in Seaford, East Sussex, England), also known as Jordan, is an English model and actress noted for her work with Vivienne Westwood and the SEX boutique in the Kings Road area of London in the mid-1970s, and for being a fixture at many of the early Sex Pistols performances. Her style and dress sense—a bleached platinum-blonde bouffant hairdo with dark raccoon-like eye make-up—made her a highly visible icon of the London punk subculture. Along with Johnny Rotten, Soo Catwoman and Siouxsie Sioux, she is credited with creating the W10 London punk look.

Taking the single name Jordan as her punk sobriquet, Rooke commuted daily to London from the south coast. She recalled that her punk image caused problems for her:

I commuted for about two years. I had some real bad dos on the train. I had tourists trying to pay me for my photo…worse than that, mothers saying that I'm upsetting their children and debauching them and how dare I get on a train looking like that. Somebody tried to throw me off the train one day, literally out the door, so British Rail told me to go sit in first class, get out of trouble.[1]

In the late 1970s, she served as an early manager for Adam and the Ants. She recorded the track "Lou" (about Lou Reed) as a guest lead vocalist with the band for BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel's Peel Sessions and often performed the song live with them from mid-1977 up to May 1978 when she left the band. In the 1980s, she managed the band Wide Boy Awake, in which her then-husband Kevin Mooney was a guitarist. Mooney had previously been a member of Adam and the Ants.[2]


She made a cameo appearance in Derek Jarman's debut film Sebastiane, and played the lead role in his follow-up film Jubilee as the punk "anti-historian" Amyl Nitrite. She can also be seen in Julien Temple's The Great Rock and Roll Swindle wearing an "only anarchists are pretty" t-shirt and appearing on stage with the Sex Pistols during their first live television performance of "Anarchy in the U.K." in August 1976.

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  1. ^ Colegrave & Sullivan, Punk: A Life Apart, Cassell & Co, 2004, p.127.
  2. ^ 3:AM Magazine. The World's Forgotten Boy

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