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Steven Kasher Gallery Presents Rude And Reckless: Punk/Post-Punk Graphics, 1976-82

Killing Joke, Gang of Four, Bauhaus, Et Al (This Photo by Geoffrey Dicker)

Walking into the Steven Kasher Gallery last night for the opening reception of Rude And Reckless was very much like flashing back to my teenage bedroom, whose walls were plastered floor to ceiling with Punk Rock posters, show flyers, stickers and album cover art until I moved out of my parents house to go to college. Punk Rock – at a time when Punk Rock was really something vital and alive – was everything to me at that time, and I was an avid collector of 7” Punk singles (which I’d pick up by the dozens at Zed Records in Long Beach, California) and punk/new wave badges. A lot of what I collected, and probably still have, seems to have been magically curated into this amazing collection of memorabilia that is sure to delight anyone who has fond memories of the British, New York or LA/Orange County punk scenes in the late ‘70s to early ‘80s. Good times.

Poly Styrene
X-Ray Spex, Oh Bondage Up Yours!, 1977

Rude and Reckless: Punk/Post-Punk Graphics, 1976-82 is the first New York exhibition surveying the extraordinary diversity of Punk and Post-Punk graphic design. The exhibition showcases a wide range of American and British artistry, with influences that include the Bauhaus, Futurism, Dadaism, Pop Art, Constructivism and Expressionism. The exhibition features over 200 rare posters, along with fanzines, flyers, clothing, badges and stickers.

Malcolm Garrett & Linder Sterling
Buzzcocks, Orgasm Addict, 1977
Vintage Poster

Rude and Reckless documents an era that produced a great burst of applied graphic-design creativity, one of the most subversive of the 20th Century. Vivid, violent and frequently acid-tongued, the works in this exhibit represent one of the truly authentic DIY youth culture movements of the Western World. The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 35th anniversary of Punk Rock; both the release of the first Ramones album, and the mythical (and notorious) Anarchy in the UK Tour were seminal punk events in 1976. The exhibition is based on the collection Andrew Krivine, who began collecting in 1977. Curated by Krivine and Steven Kasher, the selection comprises the rarest and finest examples culled from an archive of more than 800 punk/new wave/post-punk posters and ephemera.

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Classic Post-Punk Album of The Day: Gang Of Four’s Entertainment!

Gang Of Four Entertainment
At. Home. He. Feels. Like. A. Tourist.

On This Date in 1979: Gang Of Four released their debut album, Entertainment! It included the singles “Damaged Goods” and “At Home He’s A Tourist” (#58 U.K.). Aside from the singles mentioned above, this album has some of my favorite songs from that era of music including “Not Great Men,” “I Found That Essence Rare” and “Anthrax,” and I played the shit out of it when I had my college radio program, The Gail Pink Show, which was just amazing. Entertainment! ranked at Number 490 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, with RS writer David Fricke offering that, “Gang of Four are probably the best politically motivated dance band in rock & roll.” Surely it is no secret that Gang of Four has influenced many modern bands including NYC’s own Interpol and other bands that sound like Interpol. Let us celebrate the enduring greatness of Gang of Four today by playing their many fun albums!

Thanks to The P5 Blogspot: This Day in 80s Music for the Tip!