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thumbnail link to original 1977 Warner Bros banner poster Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks

THE SEX PISTOLS - NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS..,1977

Original Warner Bros banner 11.5"x34".
Design by Jamie Reid.

Scarce original US release banner, in electric colours.


original US card in-store promo poster, The Jam Sound Affects

THE JAM - SOUND AFFECTS, 1980

Original Polydor U.S. in-store card promo display, 12¼"x12¼".
Design by Bill Smith and The Jam.
Photography by Andrew Rosen and Martyn Goddard.

The sleeve design was a pastiche of the BBC's series of sound effects LPs, one of which Paul Weller had apparently come across at Polydor's studios: see an example.

Original promo material for the album is uncommon, this card display format particularly so.


thumbnail link to original Bottom LIne club gig promo poster Bruce Springsteen 1975

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - THE BOTTOM LINE, 1975

Original concert poster 31"x43".
Photography by Eric Meola.

Springsteen's celebrated five night run at New York's Bottom Line club was a defining moment in his career and in the history of rock music.

This remarkable poster was carefully picked off the wall of the club itself at the time by an enterprising young English CBS employee, who had been queuing for tickets outside from 10am that morning.

This historic item is offered completely unrestored with all options open to the next fortunate owner. Comes with letter of provenance.


thumbnail link to original 1975 CBS promo poster Bruce Springsteen Finally

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - FINALLY -1975

Original CBS promo poster 30" x 40".
Photography by Eric Meola.

Springsteen strongly took against Columbia's full-blown promotion and personally ripped down the "Finally the world is ready for Bruce Springsteen" posters in the lobby at his first UK concert at the Hammersmith Odeon. This is one of the originals that survived the Boss's displeasure, one of the all-time great rock posters.


thumbnail link to original 1975 promo poster Bruce Springsteen at Hammersmith Odeon

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN - ODEON HAMMERSMITH, 1975

Original CBS promo poster 30" x 40".
Photography by Eric Meola.

Original poster for Springsteen and the E-Street band's London debut. The 18th November date was to become one of the most celebrated concerts ever seen in the UK. In 2005, Springsteen commented: "It was the show that put us on the map in England and began a long and beautiful relationship with our fans overseas."

The poster is very rare and was taken off the wall of the venue at the time.


thumbnail link to original 1978 ABBA small in-store standee

ABBA, c.1978

Original Polydor in-store standee, 16"x10".


thumbnail link to original Stiff Records Elvis Costello 'Elvis' promo poster

ELVIS COSTELLO - 'ELVIS', c.1978

Original Stiff Records promo poster, 30"x39.5".
Photography by Chalkie Davies.

The image is taken from a photo shot intended for the cover of ‘Armed Forces’ before the decision was taken to use the charging elephants painting.

Instead a gigantic version of the image was hung outside the Dominion Theatre in Tottenham Court Road - where Costello and the Attractions were playing a run of concerts - advertising the new album

Printed on matt stock this poster was intended for promotional fly posting (technically illegal - hence deliberately no record company details).


thumbnail link to original CBS US card in-store promo poster, The Clash London Calling

THE CLASH - LONDON CALLING, 1979

Original CBS U.S. in-store card promo display, 12¼"x12¼".
Design by Ray Lowry.
Photography by Penny Smith.

Scarce original release American in-store display.
Designer Ray Lowry: "I showed little artistic or academic promise but cared fanatically for the most arcane areas of the holy rock'n'roll thunder which had crashed down upon us."


thumbnail link to original 1977 Warner Brothers Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks promo poster

SEX PISTOLS - NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS, 1977

Original Warner Bros. promo poster, 24"x33"
Design by Ronn Spencer.

The Pistols were distributed on Warner Bros. records in the U.S., and this poster, quoting what must have been alarming and incomprehensible lyrics to the average American record buyer, was produced for the release of the album.


thumbnail link to original b&w photo David Bowie, John Lennon, Simon and Garfunkel, Roberta Flack back stage Grammys 1975

DAVID BOWIE, SIMON AND GARFUNKEL, JOHN LENNON, ROBERTA FLACK - 17th GRAMMY AWARDS, 1975

Original press photo, 10"x8".

"What a swell party this is...". Original press photograph, with agency label, with Bowie and fellow stars backstage at the 17th Grammy Awards in New York. Bowie - at the peak of a period of infamous excess - presented the award for Best Female Rhythm and Blues performance to Aretha Franklin.

Click here for original press label on reverse


thumbnail link to original 1980 Spanish film poster Sex Pistols The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle

SEX PISTOLS - THE GREAT ROCK'N'ROLL SWINDLE, 1980

Original Spanish poster, 39"x27".

Scarce original Spanish film poster with different artwork to the English language versions. Design is by Macario Gomez Quibus, with his distinctive signature 'MAC' bottom right. He was responsible for some of Spain's best film posters.


thumbnail link to original 1966 Walker Brothers Philips promo poster The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More

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

Original Philips promo poster, 15.7"x10.4".

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).


thumbnail link to original Rolling Stones Some Girls boxing style card poster original unauthorised artwork version

THE ROLLING STONES- SOME GIRLS, 1978

Original Rolling Stones Records US promo poster, 22"x14".
Scarce original American boxing-style card stock promo poster, featuring the album's original unauthorised artwork of Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Raquel Welch, Farrah Fawcett et al - click for detail - whose threatened legal action saw the cover withdrawn.

The subsequent album and poster printings took out both the actresses' and the band's images.


thumbnail link to original 1974 MCA promo poster Elton John Caribou

ELTON JOHN - CARIBOU, 1974

Original MCA Records promo poster, 35"x22".
Art Direction And Sleeve Design by David Larkham, Michael Ross.
Photography Ed Caraeff, Chris Denney.

Caribou lies dead centre in Elton John's 70's golden streak of classic recordings and transatlantic success. The album was number one in both America and the UK and featured the single Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me.
This scarce poster, from the personal collection of a member of the original design team, is in excellent condition.


thumbnail link to original 1973 DMJ promo poster Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

ELTON JOHN - GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD, 1973

Original DMJ Records promo poster, 30"x20".
Artwork by Ian Beck.

Extremely scarce poster for Elton John's landmark double album that reached no.1 on both sides of the Atlantic (it topped the US charts for two months) with three U.S. hit singles.


thumbnail link to original 1973 Rolling Stones promo poster Goat's Head Soup, veiled Jagger image

THE ROLLING STONES, GOATS HEAD SOUP, 1973

Original U.S. promo poster, 24"x24"
Design Ray Lawrence. Photography David Bailey.

The original concepts for the album's design by Hipgnosis were rejected and Jagger instead returned to Decca-era stalwart David Bailey. Bailey's image of a veiled Jagger was quirkily inspired by Katherine Hepburn in 'The African Queen', but the ghostly images of the band tied in perfectly with the voodoo tinge of the album's Jamaica-recorded opening track.


thumbnail link to original 1973 Rolling Stones promo poster Goat's Head Soup, Goat in pot image

THE ROLLING STONES, GOATS HEAD SOUP, 1973

Original U.S. promo poster, 24"x24"
Design & art direction John Pasche, photography Phil Jude.

Infamous culinary masterpiece from the end of the band's greatest period. Recorded in Jamaica, Bill Wyman remembers: "We would be driven to Byron Lee's studio through downtown Kingston. Two large, double gates guarded by the man with the shotgun would open and let us in and then close behind us."


thumbnail link to original Rolling Stones 1981 American Tour poster

THE ROLLING STONES - AMERICAN TOUR, 1981

Original tour poster, 36"x22.5".

In the first deal of it's kind, Rockbill International brought together the Stones and fragrance company Jovan in a multi-million dollar tour sponsorship, with their logo printed on concert tickets and posters.
NB: This is the original correct size printing; there are numerous copies.


thumbnail link to original 1971 T.Rex Electric Warrior Reprise promo poster

T.REX, ELECTRIC WARRIOR 1971

Original Reprise promo poster, 22"x33.5".
Design by Dave Bhang.

Very scarce poster advertising T.Rex and their October-November U.S. tour. Text at the bottom reads: "And now where once stood solid water stood the reptile king, T.Rex, reborn and bopping."


thumbnail link to original 1983 Aztec Camera High Land Hard Rain Rough Trade promo poster

AZTEC CAMERA - HIGH LAND HARD RAIN, 1983

Original Rough Trade promo poster, 11.5"x23".
Artwork and design by David Band.

Part of Scotland's post-Punk explosion of music, Roddy Frame's precocious talents brought a breath of fresh air to UK pop. Originally signed to seminal Glasgow label Postcard, they moved to Rough Trade for the debut album.


thumbnail link to original 1977 Virgin promo poster Sex Pistols God Save the Queen Rat Scabies collection

SEX PISTOLS - GOD SAVE THE QUEEN, 1977

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

This poster was part of the "under-the-bed" collection of Rat Scabies, drummer with The Dammed. Surviving in suitably disrespectful condition, it is sold with a letter of provenance from Mr Scabies.


thumbnail link to original Decca poster Jumpin' Jack Flash The Rolling Stones

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.


thumbnail link to original 1980 Warners promo poster Devo Freedom of Choice

DEVO - FREEDOM OF CHOICE, 1980

Original Warners promo poster, 35"x23".
Design by Artrouble.

The influential cult synthetic-satire pioneers found their brief moment of mainstream success with their third album 'Freedom of Choice'. The album included their biggest hit 'Whip It' and is widely regarded as their stongest work, along with 1978's debut 'Are We Not Men?'

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