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THE CLASH -RUDE BOY, 1980

Original U.S. 1-sheet poster.
27"x41"

The UK posters for the Clash semi-documentary are dull as dishwater, the polar opposite of the electric American 1-sheet film poster.



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THE STYLE COUNCIL - THE STYLE COUNCIL, 1983.

Original Polydor promo poster, 30"x20".
Design by Simon Halfon.

The early Style Council releases featured notably stylish sleeves and posters in all areas - layout, typography and colour. The sensibility was Parisien, with nods to the French cinema of the late 50s and early 60s.
The posters are surprisingly scarce.


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THE SEX PISTOLS - GREAT ROCK 'N' ROLL SWINDLE, 1979.

Original Virgin promo poster, 29.5"x31 1/4"

In their review of 1977 edition, the Investor's Review named the Sex Pistols as their "Young Businessmen of the Year" in honour of the "cash from chaos" they had generated. Virgin lost no time in reproducing the cover on this rare poster to promote 'The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle'.


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LED ZEPPELIN - 1970

Original concert handbill 8 1/2" x 11 3/4".

Original handbill from Zeppelin's landmark sixth tour of America, the venue Fort Worth's Tarrant County Convention Centre, Texas, Aug 22, 1970.


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IAN DURY - NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES, 1977.

Original 1978 US first release Arista/Stiff promo poster, 23"x23".
Photography by Chris Gabrin, lettering by Barney Bubbles and Cynthia Lole.

One of the most memorable covers of its era, with Dury and his son Baxter in front of Axford's lingerie shop on Vauxhall Bridge Road.
The album (perhaps not unsurprisingly) was not a success in the US, but a huge hit in the UK.

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IAN DURY - NEW BOOTS AND PANTIES, 1977.

Original Stiff Records promo poster, 30"x20".
Design by Barney Bubbles.

Original Stiff posters are not common, especially for the major releases. Announcing (on the various badges) the album's release and Stiff's address, it would be an early poster for the album.


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IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS - DO IT YOURSELF, 1979.

Original Stiff Records special Crown Wallpaper promo poster, 21"x20".
Design by Barney Bubbles.

On Barney's suggestion Stiff embarked on an extraordinary campaign on the do it yourself/DIY theme, producing 28 sleeve variations using 12"x12" Crown Wallpaper samples. This extended to posters, of which this is a rare example, printed (with not total clarity) on a heavily textured pattern.
Crown entered into the spirit of things with gusto, conducting guerilla wallapering raids on music press offices and newsrooms.

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ELVIS COSTELLO - THIS YEARS MODEL, 1978.

Original Columbia Records in-store standee, 40"x15.5".
Photography by Chris Gabrin, concept and original lp sleeve design Barney Bubbles.

Fantastic original standee for Costello's classic second album, the first with the Attractions. Rolling Stone's Kit Rachlis made a perceptive comment in its original review: "Listening to Elvis Costello is like walking down a dark, empty street and hearing another set of heels. His music doesn't make you dance, it makes you jump."

Designer Barney Bubbles suggested that Costello be behind rather than in front of the camera.


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NOW IN STOCK! NEW PINK FLOYD!
PINK FLOYD - WISH YOU WERE HERE, 1975

Original U.S. in-store promo poster, 12"x16".
Art by George Hardie for Hipgnosis.

Rare small format poster featuring George Hardie's artwork created for the lp's cover sticker. George Hardie worked freelance for Hipgnosis for many years, also creating the artwork for The Dark Side of the Moon. Hardie had earlier designed the cover for Led Zeppelin I, in collaboration with Jimmy Page.

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QUEEN - SHEER HEART ATTACK, 1974

Original Elektra promo poster, 24"x24".
Photography by Mick Rock.

Original poster for the classic album that launched Queen to major success both in the UK and internationally. Mick Rock achieved Freddie's concept for the 'heart attack' look by smearing the band with vaseline and then spraying them with water. Mick Rock: "They knew they had the magic....To me they look mythological..fantastic creatures".

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GENESIS - THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY , 1974

Original U.S. Atco promo poster, 28.5"x20.5".
Design and photography by Hipgnosis.

Very scarce original U.S. promo poster with artwork taken from the album cover, designed by Hipgnosis/Storm Thorgerson.

This was the concept double album magnum opus from the progressive masters of the musically surreal, and the last from the original lineup at the peak of their powers, before Gabriel's departure for his acclaimed solo career. Phil Collins was to lead them to huge success, but in a much more commercial direction.

This striking poster represents the album's protagonist 'Rael' dramatically smashing through his metaphysical barriers!

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DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS - SEARCHING FOR THE YOUNG SOUL REBELS, 1980.

Original EMI-America promo poster 30"x30".
Design by Peter Barrett.

Scarce origial US poster for Dexy's landmark debut lp, featuring the famous cover shot of a young Anthony O'Shaughnessy in 1971, a refugee from the burning out of Catholic homes in Belfast.
See Irish TV's coverage of Anthony's story with Kevin Rowland and our 2006 exhibition CLICK HERE

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MORRISSEY - KILL UNCLE TOUR, 1991.

Original HMV promo poster, 41"x61"

Original full-size concert poster for the 1991 Kill Uncle Tour, advertising the October Hammersmith Odeon and Kilburn National dates, surviving in excellent rolled condition.
Very scarce.




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MARC BOLAN, T.REX 1976.

Original promo poster, 20"x30"
Artwork by Hamilton K. Wilson.

Returned to the UK and cleaned up, Bolan's second album without producer Tony Visconti saw him revitalised and re-energised by the early stirrings of Punk, which he immediately grasped and proceeded to promote on tour and on his TV show.

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ELVIS PRESLEY - 1960

Original 8"x10" press photograph.

Probably the most famous draftee in history, Presley's stint lasted from 24 March 1958 to March 5, 1960. This shot is from the 2 March 1960 New Jersey press conference the day after he left the army in Germany. Later in April began the timely filming of 'GI Blues'. The King was back.



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ELVIS ON TOUR, 1972


U.S. 3-sheet poster
41"x81"

Discontinued in the early 1980s, the 3-sheet was one of the most dramatic and effective of film poster formats. With print runs only in the low-to-mid hundreds, the survival of any 3-sheet is fortuitous.

Elvis loved flashy, sharp outfits ever since he bought his clothes from the Lansky Bros. in Memphis, and he quickly picked up on the extravagent style of black musicians (always one of his touchstones) such as Earth Wind and Fire in the early 70's.


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BILLY BRAGG - TALKING WITH THE TAXMAN ABOUT POETRY, 1986

Original Chappell German promo poster, 34"x24".

This was Billy Bragg's third album ('The Difficult Third Album'), which saw his early spartan sound succesfully expanded with assistance from Kirsty MacColl, Johnny Marr, Hank Wangford and others. The sleeve continued the fine graphic design Billy had established (with Barney Bubbles) on his first two albums.



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IAN DURY & THE BLOCKHEADS - DO IT YOURSELF, 1979.

Original Stiff Records promo poster, 22"x16.5".
Artwork by Barney Bubbles.

An elaborate DIY-themed campaign was conceived for the Blockhead's second album. This poster features the screw holes title lettering Barney designed, along with a micro-detailed 'Tommy The Talking Toolbox' at bottom left.


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QUADROPHENIA, 1979.

Original US Polydor in-store mobile, 20"x16.5".
Photography by Frank Connor.

Original American in-store mobile with a pop-out Jimmy on scooter. This interesting and rare piece is specially custom framed to enhance the 3-D effect.


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SEX PISTOLS/CLASH - THE PUNK ROCK MOVIE, 1978

Original U.S. 1-sheet poster.
27"x41"

Very scarce 1-sheet, way superior to the UK posters, for Don Letts's film, mainly shot by him with a Super 8 at the Roxy Club, where he famously DJ'd. A true document, the poster gives equal billing to the audience of original Punk 'faces' along with Siouxsie, Generation X, Johnny Thunders, and more.


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THE FALL - AMERICAN TOUR, 1986

Original concert promo poster, 17"x11".

Scarce original gig poster for the band's Sunday 26 October appearance at Revival, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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THE BEATLES - A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, 1964.

Photography by Robert Freeman.

Original British quad poster.
30"x40"

An experienced Jazz photographer, ROBERT FREEMAN met
The Beatles in August 1963 and subsequently photographed and designed five of their album covers (MEET THE BEATLES, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, BEATLES FOR SALE, HELP!, RUBBER SOUL).


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BLONDIE - DEBBIE HARRY, 1979.

Original Paul Cox photograph.
10"x8"

Wonderful Debbie Harry portrait from Blondie's appearance on BBC TV's Top Of The Pops 1979 Christmas/New Year Special, on which they performed 'Dreaming'.

Detailed credit stamp on verso.

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