Virgin Records are celebrating their 40 year anniversary with an exhibition of photos of artists including Sex Pistols, Massive Attack, Spice Girls, Daft Punk and more. It runs October 24-29 at London’s Victoria House. Here’s seven previously unseen images of pop icons, starting with The Rolling Stones on Brooklyn Bridge just after being signed by Virgin Records. Photo: Michael Brennan (1997)
UB40 in their Birmingham hometown. Photo: Getty (1980)
Culture Club were one of the most vital acts Virgin signed in the 80s. Photo: Ebet Roberts (1983)
A boat trip down the Thames to celebrate the success of Sex Pistols’ ‘God Save The Queen’ was suggested by Malcolm McLaren. Photo: Brian Cooke (1977)
Richard Branson started his record business from the crypt of a church and launched the label in 1972. Phil Collins’ debut album ‘Face Value’ was remarkably successful in the early 80s after his career in Genesis. Photo: Virgin Archive
Magazine were signed in 1977 and helped usher in a new post-punk sound. Photo: Matthew Taylor (1979)
A Virgin Records shop. Photograph: Barry Plummer (1977). All images are taken from the book and the exhibition Virgin Records 40 years of Disruptions taking place on 24-29th October 2013 at B1 Victoria House, WC1.