This week sees the opening of the British Library’s ‘Punk 1976-78’ exhibition. Running May 13 until October 2, the exhibit celebrates 40 years since the birth of the genre, delving into the archives to look at the seismic shift that bondage trousers, gobbing and safey pins delivered to 1970s pop culture. The world would never be the same again. Here’s some of the stuff that’s on show.
The original tape cassette of The Clash’s first interview for NME. Now all we need is an actual tape-player...
A ticket to see The Clash at the legendary Eric's club in Liverpool. £1.70, a bargain.
A 1977 flyer from the Roxy Club in London's Covent Garden. The club was the epicentre of the London punk scene; Don Letts was the house DJ and the Sex Pistols were regulars.
Malcolm McLaren & Vivienne Westwood's 1975 'tits' t-shirt from their legendary boutique Sex on the King's Road, in west London.
Another great night out at Eric's.
The cover of London’s Outrage fanzine which was written by Jon Savage, music journalist, writer and cultural commentator.
The first issue of the Ripped and Torn fanzine, which was created by Tony Drayton - otherwise known as Tony D.
Another flyer from the Roxy Club. Would attend.
The Buzzcocks back in 1976.
The very first issue of Mark Perry's Sniffin' Glue fanzine, from 1976.