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CLASSIC ORIGINAL ROCK AND POP POSTERS

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DAVID BOWIE, ELTON JOHN, GEORGE MICHAEL, PRINCESS DIANA - LIVE AID, 1985

Original vintage photo, 8"x10".

Scarce original press photograph, full details on reverse, from the day at Wembley Stadium, centered on a visibly delighted Princess Diana talking to David Bowie (behind the scenes, one of the event's most un-starry lynchpins).

175.00 conservation framed.

CHALKIE DAVIES - THE SPECIALS, 1979.

Original Chalkie Davies photo, 10" x 7".
Photographer's details on reverse.

Chalkie Davies, one of Britain's pre-eminent rock photographers of the 70s and 80s, took the definitive shots of the band for the first album at Coventry's Canal Basin. This set-up, on an abandoned boat, was chosen by Jerry Dammers with an eye for future use, eventually surfacing as the back cover of 'More Specials'.

165.00 conservation framed.


THE JAM, SOUND AFFECTS - 1980.

Original Polygram promo poster 23 1/2" x 12 3/4".

The band's 5th album marked a move to a less polished production sound and a wider range of influences (post-Punk, the Beatles) and instrumentation. Demos such as Dead End Street point the way to The Style Council. Touches of psychedelia were reflected in the Pop Art stylings of the cover (based on a BBC sound effects lp) and above all in the three Roy Lichenstein-styled U.S. promo posters, by far the best produced for the band. All three are very scarce - beware repros!


250.00 conservation framed.




THE ROLLING STONES - JUMPIN' JACK FLASH, 1968

Original Decca promo poster, 24.5" x 17 3/4".

The single that decisively announced that the band's dalliance with the psychedelia of Their Satanic Majesties Request was over. Musically it was a restatement of core values, lyrically it reflected the traumas of the previous year's drug busts, most importantly it was the opening track to the band's greatest era.

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JIMMY PAGE - HOUSTON, 1975

Original vintage photo, 8"x10".
Photograph by Linda Lesser.

An unpublished photograph taken at Zeppelin's concert at the Sam Houston Coliseum on 27th February 1975. Page is playing his 1959 Gibson Les Paul "No. 2" so the likely song captured here is 'Kashmir' or possibly 'Dazed and Confused', 'Moby Dick', or 'Over the Hills and Far Away'.

120.00 conservation framed.

ROGER DEAN - VIRGIN RECORDS, 1972.

Original Pace Minerva poster, 33" x 23.5"
Artwork by Roger Dean.

Whilst his brother Martyn designed and fitted out the new Virgin shops, brother Roger worked on the graphics side, creating the famous logo of the label's early years.

200.00 conservation framed.

SEX PISTOLS - ANARCHY IN THE UK, 1976

Original EMI promo poster, 24" x 17"

Original 'Anarchy..' posters are very scarce, no doubt due to EMI dropping the band like a hot potato and aborting promotion of the single after the Grundy debacle, but this smaller size version is particularly rarely seen. Beware repros.


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GRACE JONES - MY JAMAICAN GUY, 1983

Original Island promo poster, 60"x40".
Design by Jean-Paul Goude.

V. scarce large format poster (note: this format of poster was intended for flyposting, so record companies ensured their details were left off).

Jean-Paul Goude: Would you agree that you have always had a problem with authority?
Grace Jones: Yes, definitely.... And I think that is what contributed to my masculinization. I deliberately challenged men's roles. In fact, I survived by taking on both roles.

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THE SELECTER - TOO MUCH PRESSURE, 1980

Original 2 Tone promo poster, 30"x40"

Singer Pauline Black's image and sheer presence, facing down Jerry Dammers worked closely with designers John Sims and David Storey in creating 2 Tone's distinctive graphic identity. Original 2 Tone posters are not at all common.

225.00.

KRAFTWERK - COMPUTER WORLD TOUR, 1981

Original London tour dates poster.

Superb design for Kraftwerk's three London dates on the 'Computer World' tour, the high point of their worldwide popularity: Lyceum, Hammersmith Palais, Hammersmith Odeon.

Very scarce; we've only seen this poster once before.

750.00 conservation framed.

ROXY MUSIC - SIREN, 1975

Original ATCO promo poster, 19"x26"

The sophisticated shocks of Roxy's classic early albums was matched by the warped glamour of their famous covers, never more so than on 1975's acclaimed 'Siren' - with the classic 'Love Is The Drug' - where mermaid Jerry Hall crawls across the rocks of Anglesey's South Stack coast.

This poster rarely survives in such good condition.

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THE ROLLING STONES, TATTOO YOU, 1981.

2 original promo posters, each 12 1/4"x12 1/4"
Artwork by Peter Corriston.

Peter Corriston also designed the superb covers for 'Some Girls' and Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti'. These are the superior card stock version.

200.00 conservation framed


THE ROLLING STONES- IT'S ONLY ROCK'N ROLL, 1974

Original Rolling Stones Records promo poster, 23.5"x16.5".
Art by Guy Peellaert.

Guy Peellaerts' atmospheric paintings of pop culture icons in his 1973 book 'Rock Dreams' made him one of the 70s defining artists. The following year he designed the cover for Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs' and The Stones 'It's Only Rock'n Roll' lp. For the classic lead single poster, Peellaert went full bore with the opening lines "If I could stick my pen in my heart, And spill it all over the stage".

This poster is very hard to come by.

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THE ROLLING STONES - GOATS HEAD SOUP, 1973.

Original Island Records promo poster, 24"x24".
Design and photography by David Bailey.

David Bailey had shot The Stones numerous times in the 60s and returned to create the remarkable spectral portraits (reminiscent of a Victorian ghost story or seance) for Goats Head Soup.

450.00 conservation framed


THE ROLLING STONES- SOME GIRLS, 1978

Original Rolling Stones Records US promo poster, 22"x14"

Very scarce original American boxing-style card stock promo poster, featuring the album's original unauthorised artwork line up of Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Raquel Welch, Farrah Fawcett et al, whose threatened legal action saw the cover withdrawn.


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THE ROLLING STONES - STICKY FINGERS, 1971.

Original Rolling Stones Records promo poster, 35"x23".
Photography by David Montgomery.

Sticky Fingers was the band's first release on their own Rolling Stones label (and the first to sport the lips logo), and the first with Mick Taylor fully on board. Like Exile, it wasn't entirely well received by contemporary critics; like Exile it's now regarded as the Stones at their absolute peak.


500.00 conservation framed


GRACE JONES - NIGHTCLUBBING, 1981

Original Island Records promo poster, 36"x24"
Design by Jean Paul Goude.

Probably the single most famous image of Grace Jones, Jean Paul Goude's 1981 'Blue-black in black on brown' created as oil paint on cut up photo.
Jean Paul Goude: "Grace was very open. We worked together to create this intimidating character. I mean, she's naturally intimidating anyway...I tried to emphasize that body shape through a sort of minimalist German expressionism, with its games of shadows and its angular shapes."

This poster is scarce.

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GRACE JONES - ISLAND LIFE, 1985.

Original Island Records promo poster, 24"x24".
Design and photography by Jean Paul Goude.

Jean Paul Goude's amazing image was a brilliant illusion. The convincing yet impossible pose was created in 1978 by photographing Grace in a variety of poses, some supported by clear acrylic boxes, and then reassembling the cut-up Ektachrome transparencies: see original here.

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GRACE JONES - SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM, 1985

Original Island/Manhattan promo poster, 36"x24"
Design by Jean Paul Goude.

Initially an NY disco diva, with designer and partner Jean-Paul Goude Grace Jones created a radical androgynous new image and a musical metamorphosis, one of the most memorable of the era. Goude can be seeing creating the bold cut-up image - see original here - it's origins in Goude's cover of Cristina's 1984 album Sleep It Off - at the beginning of the song's video.
'Slave To The Rhythm' was the apogee of Trevor Horn's unique production sound.

425.00 conservation framed




CREAM - BILL GRAHAM PRESENTS, 1968.

Original concert poster, 21"x14".
Art by Lee Conklin.

This rare poster marks the beginning of the residence that lead to the recording of the acclaimed live tracks comprising disc two of 'Wheels of Fire'.

685.00 conservation framed

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - BORN IN THE USA TOUR, 1984

Original CBS tour promo poster, 38"x20"
Art direction and design Andrea Klein, photography David Gahr

David Gahr was one of the greatest American music photographers and an early chronicler of Springsteen, shooting the cover for 1973's The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle.

650.00 conservation framed

WE STOCK SEX PISTOLS - 1977

Original Virgin Records in-store promo poster, 12"x38"
Design by Jamie Reid.

Virgin made full use of promotional material in their record stores to capitalise on the Pistols' notoriety. This scarcer banner follows the lettering style of the rare large window posters Jamie Reid designed.

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THE CLASH - LONDON CALLING, 1979.

Original CBS promo poster, 42"x44".

The superb original U.S. poster, a Warhol-inspired take on the famous LP cover. Pennie Smith's shot of Paul Simonon smashing his bass was captured at New York City's Palladium (Smith needed persuading that the shot was acceptable). The album's double size and Ray Lowry's lettering invoking Elvis's debut album made clear the band's debt and challenge to the heavyweights of the past, Dylan, The Beatles, The Stones.

This poster has survived in excellent condition.

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thumbnail link to original Burt Goldblatt photograph Louis

LOUIS ARMSTRONG - BURT GOLDBLATT, c.1958

Original photograph by Burt Goldblatt, 10"x8".
© Burt Goldblatt label on reverse.
Provenance: Burt Goldblatt collection.

Fine shot of Armstrong, probably at a recording session, reading sheet music on the piano.

350.00 conservation framed
thumbnail link to original Burt Goldblatt photograph Zoot Sims

ZOOT SIMS - BURT GOLDBLATT, 1958

Original silver gelatin photograph by Burt Goldblatt, c.9"x8".
Handwritten Burt Goldblatt notation on the reverse: "Zoot Sims listens to a playback 1958 NYC".
Provenance: Burt Goldblatt collection.

Burt Goldblatt was a pioneering and remarkably versatile modern graphic designer, illustrator and photographer, who created now-classic jazz record sleeves from the early 1950s for Bethelem, Savoy, EmArcy, Verve, Atlantic, and other labels.

Outstanding image of the great tenor man, one of Woody Herman's original "Four Brothers".

550.00 conservation framed
thumbnail link to original Burt Goldblatt photograph Charles Mingus

CHARLES MINGUS - BURT GOLDBLATT, 1960

Original silver gelatin photograph by Burt Goldblatt, 10"x8".
Burt Goldblatt annotated label on reverse.
Provenance: Burt Goldblatt collection.

This image appears to be from the photo shoot undertaken for the cover of the 1960 album 'Mingus Revisited'.
The photographer's hand written label on the back indicates the photograph's page no. in his 1982 book 'Jazz Gallery One'.

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

Original Virgin promo poster, 38 1/4""x27.5".
Design by Jamie Reid.

This infamous design was subject to a successful injunction by American Express. Genuine original examples are very hard to find. NB beware numerous recent repros.

This poster comes with a unique provenance from an employee of Virgin Records at the time.


750.00 conservation framed.




HAWKWIND - HALL OF THE MOUNTAIN GRILL, 1974

Original promo poster, 24.5"x17".
Artwork by Barney Bubbles.

Before his celebrated designs for Stiff, Radar et al, Barney Bubbles created a spectacular body of work for Hawkwind. The band's manager Doug Smith has called Bubbles 'the most important artist of our generation' for the visual identity he created for artists, whereas Peter Saville has simply said "Barney Bubbles should be canonised".

350.00 conservation framed.




BLONDIE - EAT TO THE BEAT, 1979

Original Chrysalis card stock promo poster, 12"x12".
Photograph by Norman Seeff.

The band's second UK no.1 album in succession, from which three classic singles 'Dreaming', 'Union City Blue' and 'Atomic' were drawn.
The wonderful cover shot - beautifully printed on this poster (has to be seen) - was by master photographer Norman Seeff, whose prolific credits include The Rolling Stone's for 'Exile On Main Street'.

175.00 conservation framed

BLONDIE, PARALLEL LINES 1978

Original Chrysalis promo poster, 12"x38"
Design by Ramey Communications
Photography Martyn and Edo Goddard.

'Parallel Lines' was Blondie's third album and their greatest success, with no less than four hit singles coming off it. The brilliant design captured perfectly their New Wave/classic Pop mix.

350.00 conservation framed.



JOHNNY CASH - UNCHAINED, 1998

Special American Recordings promo poster, photo by Jim Marshall.
11"x17"

Fabulous poster sending the country music establishment an unambiguous message after the unsupported 'Unchained' won a Grammy award. The famous photograph was taken by Jim Marshall at the 1969 San Quentin gig.

This poster is now scarce.

285.00 conservation framed.




THE ROLLING STONES - EUROPEAN TOUR, 1970

Original promo poster, 33"x24"
Art by John Pasche.

John Pasche not only designed the band's classic tour posters of the early 70's , but also created the 'lips' logo in 1971 for the Stones' own label. His work is among the very best of the era.
Note: Repros are very common on this poster.

685.00 conservation framed.

THE ROLLING STONES - STONE AGE, 1971

Original London Records sleeve proof, 24.5"x13.5"

Rare original 1971 sleeve proof, on the London label for release in Japan. Although later compilations outside of the band's control were of low quailty, 'Stone Age' put together an interesting selection of more obscure or not previously released sides from the band's 64-66 archive.

485.00 conservation framed.


LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THE ROLLING STONES - 1974.

Original special concert film poster 34.5"x 10.5".

The film featured Fort Worth and Houston concert footage from the band's 1972 North American tour in support of the release of Exile on Main St. This wonderful poster was produced for only a handful of limited road show engagements in quadraphonic sound, delivered through four specially transported sound systems. The aim was to reproduce as closely as possible the experience of a live performance (as Led Zeppelin did with 2012's Celebration Day).


425.00 conservation framed.



DR FEELGOOD, 1975.

Original Hammersmith Odeon poster, 30"x40".
Artwork by Joe Petagno.

Superb, very scarce poster from Dr Feelgood's 9th November 1975 Hammersmith Odeon concert, at the end of the 'Malpractice' tour. The artwork was by American born artist Joe Petagno, whose credits include Motorhead's mascot 'War-Pig' design and the Swan Song logo for Led Zeppelin.


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DR FEELGOOD, 1976

Original tour poster, 30"x40".
Artwork attributed to Hamish.

Another very scarce poster, here for the band's short series of European dates in October and November 1976. In September they had released a scorching live album, 'Stupidity', that captured the band at its peak. It went to No.1 in the UK charts.
The band's classic line-up are rightly revered, their gritty stripped-down Rhythm and Blues a major catalyst for British and American Punk Rock.


550.00 linen backed and conservation framed.



LED ZEPPELIN, 1977.

Original Swan Song promo photograph, 10"x8".

Superb original Swan Song promo still. Jimmy is wearing the red poppy white Dragon Suit. These outfits were inspired by the extravagent suits designed by Nudie Cohn for stars of Country music, and adopted famously by Gram Parsons and The Flying Burrito Brothers.



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SUPERTRAMP - LIVE, 1979.

Original concert promo poster, 22.5"x14".

Gorgeous small concert poster, featuring the saturated colour graphic version of the cover design which was usually only on special promotional material. Scarce.



325.00 conservation framed.



SUPERTRAMP - BREAKFAST IN AMERICA, 1979.

Original A&M promo poster, 30"x20".

Scarce poster for the title single.



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SUPERTRAMP - CRISIS? WHAT CRISIS 1975.

Original A&M promo poster, 24"x24".
Design Paul Wakefield, Fabio Nicoli and Dick Ward.

Although the album was made under rushed circumstances, it was an accomplished work that built on the band's growing audience.



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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!

650.00 linen backed and conservation framed.


ELTON JOHN - 1974.

Original MCA Records standee, 47"x22".
Art by Michael Ross.

Very rare large size standee promoting the album 'Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player'. From the personal collection of a member of the original design team.


500.00

BLONDIE - AUTOAMERICAN, 1980

Original Chrysalis promo poster, 38"x20"
Art by Martin Hoffman

Autoamerican saw Blondie's focus becoming more diffuse, but 'Rapture' was a groundbreaking early Pop-Rap classic. Hoffman became part of the NASA Art Program in the 1980s, assigned to document five shuttle launches, with special access to restricted areas. These paintings were exhibited at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.

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LED ZEPPELIN - 4TH ALBUM, 1971.

Original Atlantic promo poster, 28"x20".
Concept and original lp sleeve design by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, artwork by Barrington Colby.

Rare original promotional poster - that has survived in excellent condition - for the great fourth album. This was the first Led Zeppelin album that Atlantic produced posters for.

The print of the stick gathering man was found in a shop in Reading by Robert Plant on one of Page and Plant's antique and junk shop expeditions. The artwork of the Hermit, suggested by Jimmy Page, was by Barrington Colby (not a Page pseudonym, as is sometime suggested), based on a design by illustrator Pamela Colman Smith for the 1909 Rider-Waite tarot deck.

This poster is highlighted on Led Zeppelin's website

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SEX PISTOLS - GOD SAVE THE QUEEN, 1977.

Original Virgin promo poster, 38 1/2" x 27.5"
Artwork by Jamie Reid.

A very nice example of this now-classic design.

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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.


285.00



PATTI SMITH - ON ARISTA RECORDS, 1975.

Original Arista Records promo poster, 34"x24".
Photography by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Mapplethorpe's portrait of Patti Smith from her influential debut album 'Horses', one of the great moments in Rock photography. This example shows its age to some degree, but original posters with this image are not common.


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PATTI SMITH - ROLLING STONES MAGAZINE, 1976.

Original Rolling Stone Magazine poster, 29"x20".
Photography by Bill King.

Interesting (and scarce) poster advertising Rolling Stone's feature on Patti Smith, written by Dave Marsh: 'The Coal Stove visions of a factory girl'.


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GENESIS - SELLING ENGLAND BY THE POUND, 1973.

Original Charisma/Atlantic promo sticker, 20" x 4 1/4"

165.00 conservation framed.



SHIRLEY BASSEY - Alhambra Theatre Bradford, October 13th 1958.

Original playbill poster, 15"x10".

Delightful early theatrical appearance poster, on card stock.
The American press accolade "The most sensational singer of our time" reflects Shirley Bassey's recording with influential Columbia producer Mitch Miller (of Frank Sinatra fame), which led to her Las Vegas debut later the same year.


275.00 conservation framed.

BE STIFF TOUR - THE BOTTOM LINE, 1978.

Original promo poster, 36"x24"
Design by Chris Moreton.

The second Stiff tour started in the UK before crossing to America. Note Mikey Jupp's name crossed out - due to the singer's fear of flying. Chris Moreton was Stiff's original art director, prior to the arrival of Barney Bubbles six months in. Moreton designed under the pseudonym C-More-Tone (studios), his work including the snappy covers for The Beat.

125.00.


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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ELTON JOHN - TUMBLEWEED CONNECTION, 1970.

Original UNI/MAC promo poster, 30"x20"
Design and artwork by David Larkham.

Scarce original poster for one of the real highpoints of Elton and Bernie Taupin's classic early period. The western theme of the lyrics carried over to the lp and poster designs.



385.00 conservation framed.



GRACE JONES - ONE MAN SHOW, 1981.

Original Capitol promo poster, 39"x28".
Design by Jean-Paul Goude.

One Man Show was the name both of Grace Jones' performances at London's Drury Lane Theatre and New York City's Savoy Theater in 1981, and of the video released the following year. This stunning and very scarce poster advertises the original theatrical perfomance.


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KRAFTWERK - THE MAN-MACHINE, 1978.

Original Capitol promo poster, 30"x20".
Art direct and lettering Karl Klefisch, photography by Guenter Froehling.

Striking design owing an obvious debt to Soviet Constructivism
(El Lissitzky is acknowledged in the credits). The album features two of Kraftwerk's best known tracks - The Model and The Robots.

Scarce.

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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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THE WALKER BROTHERS - JAPAN TOUR, 1968.

Original Japanese promo poster/flyer, 10"x7"

The Walker Brothers had broken up in spring 1967, but the group reunited at the beginning of 1968 to embark on a short one-off tour of Japan.
Rare and very attractive small poster. Near mint condition.


350.00 conservation framed.



THE WALKER BROTHERS - THE SUN AIN'T GONNA SHINE ANY MORE, 1966.

Original Philips promo poster, 15.7"x10.4"

Very rare original poster for the Walker Brothers' most successful single, a cover of Frankie Valli's 1965 original. It became their second UK no.1 in six months and achieved their highest US chart position (13).


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