"As an adolescent in Weston Super Mare Gary Loveridge – music poster collector and punk historian stole a Damned poster from the local record shop's sound proof listening booth. Then going to gigs in Bristol he would take down the record company display advertising the band's latest releases. On the way home Loveridge would rip down the fly posters and anything else he could get his hands on. This began a growing fragmented punk collage over his teenage bedroom wall, thus beginning Loveridge’s collection of music posters. Moving to London in 1987 Loveridge discovered markets such as the Bermondsey Antique Market, Portobello and Camden, providing him with a good hunting ground for expanding his collection of posters and other memorabilia. The collection has changed over time as music trends have changed with Loveridge collecting Britpop in the 90’s and bands such as the Libertines more recently. Numbering well over 100, some have been lost, destroyed, or sold, but despite this the collection remains a vibrant and authoritative representation of an important era in British popular music history"- Jeff Munday and Lorraine went along to reminisce and write a short piece for us.
You may remember being handed a flyer after a concert or maybe you hung posters of your favourite band in your bedroom as a teenager. Well Gary Loveridge remembers and he is lucky enough to have kept hundreds. He is now showing these in 198 Gallery Railton road near Brixton. These mostly deal with the punk/post punk era late 70's/early 80's. This is when I first started going to see bands and take a real interest in music. So it was with real interest I went along to this exhibition. Plenty of old faces turned up on the first night and I was soon in conversation with Andy Czezowski and Susan Carrington (Roxy club) and Ray (Rude boy) Gange. Also a set of Glam/Punk faves were played by Mr Spizz Energi himself. Always nice to hear 'Wheres Captain Kirk again'. All the greats were on show The Sex Pistols, The Clash, The Damned, The Banshees and even lesser known bands like Eater and The Lurkers etc . My faves and there are plenty on show will always be the Jamie Reid/Pistols posters. Those iconic prints of the Queen with a safety pin through her lip or the torn up Union jack of 'Anarchy in the UK' will always be classics. A lot of these prints/posters are now rightly seen as important statements of the time and have lost none of their relevance especially in todays political climate. I'm glad to say I did keep some bits and pieces from that era and now have them framed. I suggest you do the same as they look great or at least pop along to this wonderful exhibition.- Jeff Munday
It's a long time since I have visited Railton Road, once known as Brixton's 'Frontline'. It added to the nostalgia of the evening as we made our way along what seemed an never ending Railton Road to the Contemporary Arts and Learning at number 198. Finally ....a welcome glow and familiar faces. Blank Generation: A Collection of Original Punk Posters offers two rooms adorned with just about every poster one can recall and more from the punk/post punk era. Even the display cabinet offered punk figures and badges galore. I think just about everybody present wanted to kick their self for what they once had and lost. Thankfully the owner of every piece on display, Gary Loveridge, never lost his enthusiasm. What began with a stolen Damned poster from the local record shop in Weston Super Mare and continued into the 90s Brit Pop era now provides a vibrant and impressive collection. Punk historian Gary was on hand to share his knowledge and explain that he never ever expected to see his posters in an exhibition like this. It was great to see young faces along with us ageing punksters at this preview night. A few wines later and we were treated to a performance by the wonderful Spizz who particularly impressed me with his Matrix moves days ahead of what was rumoured to be the last ever Spizzenergi gig (Surely no!?)!. Cameras captured a moment in time as Spizz posed under the Spizzoil poster and Ray Gange under the Rude Boy. This was such a warm evening that really tapped into the vibe of those days. What also struck us while looking at the tour dates was how hard bands toured then, such as The Banshees, night after night for a month or more all over the country. This exhibition provides a great opportunity to soak up some iconic 70s/80s images in their true context. Thank you Gary for a great night! - Lorraine Reeves
Blank Generation: A Collection of Original Punk Posters
Exhibition continues 26th January – 8th March 2012
Mon - Fri 11am - 5pm
Alongside the exhibition there will be a series of events reflecting on 30 years of music and its associated art. The exhibition and events will consider an on-going punk movement and the relevance of punk in today’s creative and political climate. Blank Generation is also the inspiration for 198 and Central St Martins latest Creative Learning project. The group of young people from St Francis Xavier Sixth Form College in Clapham will be creating a new range of t-shirts influenced by the posters and the punk essence of youth, survival and the DIY aesthetic. The t-shirts will be showcased and available to buy from Hustlebucks, 198@45, 5th Avenue, Brixton Village from the 23rd February. Exhibition @ 198 Railton road Brixton/Herne hill.
Photos provided by Jeff Munday