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June 07, 2007

Punk Visuals

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

London's Barbican art gallery is taking a look at the visual side of the punk-rock years. Quick: Who designed the jacket for the Sex Pistols' album "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols"? Answer: Jamie Reid. You can watch a couple of interviews with Jamie Reid here. The London Times has a package of stories that should inform, stir memories, and provoke thought.

As someone who spent a little time around NY's punk-rock world -- I was no kind of punk myself but I had a number of friends who were seriously into the scene -- can I express a little surprise? Punk rock was never expected to last. It was meant by the people who made it and enjoyed it -- many of them anyway -- to take the whole pop scene down in flames. Instead it has turned into one of pop culture's most enduring styles.

Life is funny sometimes.



posted by Michael at June 7, 2007


Reid was hugely respsonible for much of the classic punk aesthetic. Check out England's Dreaming by John Savage, an exhaustive and fascinating look at the rise of punk and the influences of those at the center of the scene.

It is interesting that punk has lasted so long. My 14 year old son and his friends are ensconced in it right now. Funny thing is, as ex-punks ourselves, my wife and I think it's adorable, which is definitely not our son's intention.

Posted by: the patriarch on June 11, 2007 10:06 AM

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