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When Concert Posters Were An Art Form: 1976 - 1980

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 


CBGB's, NYC 1976 


Peter Frampton, Gary Wright & Santana

Tulsa Fairgrounds Speedway  Tulsa, OK  1976


David Bowie Station To Station Tour

Public Hall  Cleveland, OH  1976



Patti Smith & The Stranglers

Hammersmith Odeon  London, UK  1976


Sex Pistols, Johnny Thunder & The Heartbreakers

The Damned & The Clash

Dundee Caird Hall, UK  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 

Cheap Trick

Calderone Concert Hall  Hempstead, NY 1978

The Clash & The Slits 

 UK Tour 1978 

Ramones & Talking Heads 

Germany 1978 


Dir Straits

Paradiso  Amsterdam, Netherlands  1978



The Mayfair  Newcastle, UK  1978


The Clash

Sort It Out Tour  1978


David Bowie

Oakland Coliseum  Oakland, CA  1978




The Specials & The Sinceros 

Tiffany's, Edinburgh UK 1979 

Kiss & Rush 

Rockford Armory, Rockford IL 1979 


Long Beach Arena, CA 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 


The Specials, Madness

Dexy's Midnight Runners & The Selector

Electric Ballroom  Cameden, UK  1979


Talking Heads & Human League

Birmingham Odeon  Birmingham, UK  1979


Germs, Der Stab & Middle Class 

Fleetwood, Los Angeles CA 1980 

 The Dead Kennedys & The Circle Jerks 

Whisky A Go Go, Los Angeles CA 1980 

Talking Heads 

Paris, France 1980 



Merriweather Post Pavilion  Columbia, MD 1980


Iggy Pop and Kenny & The Casuals

Boomer Theatre  Norman, OK 1980



Keystone  Palo Alto, CA 1980


John Cale 

Boomer Theatre, Norman, OK 1980


The Selector

Wiesbaden, Germany 1980

The Cramps

Eldorado  Paris, France 1980



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