The British Library’s punk exhibition celebrates punk’s 40th anniversary

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Flyer from the Roxy Club Covent Garden London 1977, artwork by Barry Jones. From England’s Dreaming: The Jon Savage Archive held at Liverpool John Moores University

Starting with the impact of the Sex Pistols in 1976, the exhibition explores punk’s early days in the capital and reveals how its remarkable influence spread across music, fashion, print and graphic styles nationwide. Showcasing a range of fanzines, flyers, recordings and record sleeves from the British Library’s collections alongside rare material from the archives held at Liverpool John Moores University, including items from England’s Dreaming: The Jon Savage Archive, it celebrates the enduring influence of punk as a radical musical, artistic and political movement.

The exhibition contains adult content.

Punk 1976-78 is part of Punk London, a year of events, gigs, films, talks and exhibits celebrating 40 years of punk heritage and influence in London

Here’s a few highlights……

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The original tape cassette of The Clash’s first interview for NME. Now all we need is an actual tape-player… Photo: Barry Miles Collection at the British Library
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The cover of London’s Outrage fanzine which was written by Jon Savage, music journalist, writer and cultural commentator. Photo: Jon Savage
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Another great night out at Eric’s. Photo: The Pete Fulwell Archive

Read more at the NME and find details on the event at the British Library

Find original punk vinyl and memorabilia at 991.c0m

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