Today at the London Design Festival: Punk on Paper

The issue features articles on the Sex Pistols, The Clash and New York Dolls amongst others. The cover photograph is of the Sex Pistols who by then had replaced original bass guitar player Glenn Matlock with Sid Vicious (Simon John Ritchie). Started by Tony Drayton, the publication ran for three years until 1979. He would then go on to begin publication of a new fanzine, Kill Your Pet Puppy.

Friday, September 24: The London Design Festival seems an apt occasion to take stock of the creative anarchy of British punk rock with “Loud Flash: British Punk on Paper,” a poster exhibition at Haunch of Venison gallery. The exhibition allows the public to glimpse the personal archives of curator and designer Toby Mott, who has gathered more than 1000-punk related posters, fanzines, and other printed paraphernalia over three decades.

Also in the spirit of creative free-for-all is Neville Brody’s weeklong Anti Design Festival, which according to its organizers “has been created in response to 25 years of cultural deep freeze in the UK” as well as the “pretty commerciality of the London Design Festival.”

And if that’s not enough punk for you, French “graphic commando” Bazooka is exhibiting at Aubin Gallery in conjunction with the Anti Design Festival until October 3rd. You can also catch a retrospective of graphic designer Barney Bubbles, who designed assorted record sleeves, posters and other musical sundries for clients such as Stiff Records, The Damned, and Ian Dury, at Chelsea Space gallery, until October 23rd.

The largest Rock Against Racism/Anti-Nazi League events were the organisation’s Carnivals, most notably the first Carnival which took place on April 30, 1978. This concert was fully publicised by groups from the political left, and the music press. The Carnival began with a march to Victoria Park where the Clash, Tom Robinson, Steel Pulse, X-Ray Spex and others played to an audience of at least 80,000 people.

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  1. Hi. I’m trying to track down a copy of the 1978 ‘Carnival against the Nazis’ poster. I weas there and I want to see if I can get a copy of this and the Rock against Racism promotion poster. Any ideas? Much appreciated
     

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