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When Concert Posters Were An Art Form Part 4: 1976 -1980

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Welcome to Part 4 of : When Concert Posters Were An Art Form!

By the mid-70's, punk rock had emerged
and had an impact on the artistic style of concert posters.

The artists creating the music, fashion and visual art
adhered to a style based in minimalism that reflected 
the angst of young people and their dissatisfaction with society.

Like the cultural revolution of the 60's,
the cultural impact of punk rock defined a certain
nihilistic ethos within the world of rock & roll.

The punk era in rock & roll,
while as vibrant a movement
as the one in the free love 60's
did not become a national phenomenon in the US.
The hot spots of punk were largely confined to
large urban areas such as New York city and Los Angeles.

In many other areas of the United States,
punk rock morphed into what was called "New Wave"
which in some ways struck me as a
suburban version of punk rock.
Instead of black leather jackets & ripped blue jeans,
the musical angst was empowered by suit jackets & skinny ties!

Here are some posters from the punk era.
It's interesting to note that some established musicians
seemed to co-opt the punk art style in an apparent effort
to make a connection to a younger audience

Lou Reed
Rainbow Theatre, London UK 1976

Sex Pistols, The Damned
Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers and The Clash
Various Venues in the UK 1976

Wayne County & Tuff Darts
CBGB's, NYC 1976

CBGB's, NYC 1976

Dead Boys & Mumps
Starwood, Los Angeles, CA 1977

Dead Kennedys
Chiefs, Red Cross & Stains
The Fleetwood, Redondo Beach, CA 1977

Elvis Costello & The Attractions
The Bottom Line, NYC 1977

T Rex & The Damned
Birmingham Odeon, Birmingham, UK 1977

Blondie, Talking Heads,
Patti Smith Group and Alex Chilton
Village Gate, NYC 1977

Bruce Springsteen
Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN 1978

The Clash & The Slits
 UK Tour 1978

XRay Spex, Black Slate, Dead Fingers Talk & The Sadista Sisters
The Roundhouse, London UK 1978

Ramones & Talking Heads
Germany 1978

The Specials & The Sinceros
Tiffany's, Edinburgh UK 1979

John Mayall
Cains Ballroom, Tulsa OK 1979

Kiss & Rush
Rockford Armory, Rockford IL 1979

The Police
Hotel Diplomat Ballroom, NYC 1979

Black Flag & The Dead Kennedys
Mahubay Gardens, Los Angeles CA 1979

Iggy Pop & The Human League
Paradiso, Amsterdam Netherlands 1979

The Plugz, Fly Boys & Smart Pills
La Vida Hot Springs Restaurant, Los Angeles CA 1979

Germs, Der Stab & Middle Class
Fleetwood, Los Angeles CA 1980

Ramones & The Clash
Friars Maxwell Hall, Aylesbury UK 1980

The Dead Kennedys & The Circle Jerks
Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles CA 1980

Talking Heads
Paris, France 1980

John Cale
Boomer Theatre, Norman, OK 1980



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