Tuesday, 1 May 2012

The Punk Jubilee x The Mott Collection

Image © Ditto Press

In 1977, the Queen was the subject of a song by an anarchic punk band who went by the name of The Sex Pistols. God Save The Queen was featured on their only album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, released to coincide with the Silver Jubilee.
An anthem of youth rebellion, the lyrics were considered too controversial - deliberately politicising punk by targeting the emblem of the establishment. Banned by the BBC, the cover of the single is as iconic as the song itself. Designed by Jamie Reid, it featured a
defaced Queen Elizabeth II on photographer Cecil Beaton’s official jubilee portrait.

The image was described by Sean O'Hagan of The Observer as "the single most iconic image of the punk era" and in 2001 came top in a list of the 100 greatest record covers of all time by Q Magazine.



Image © Jamie Reid/Victoria & Albert Museum


Now 35 years on, to celebrate the forthcoming Diamond Jubilee, The Vinyl Factory and The Mott Collection have collaborated on a commemorative book which features sixty punk singles from The Mott Collection; an essay by Toby Mott and an exclusive 7" vinyl record of the notorious Sex Pistols and Bill Grundy interview from 1976 - yes, the one where everyone was drunk and swearing on live TV, including the host.

The book will be available in a limited edition run of 100 copies from The Vinyl Factory HERE, each one hand signed by the artist and numbered. There will also be a private view at the Vinyl Factory in Chelsea (91 Walton Street, London, SW3 2HP) on May 29th, and the book will be on display at the same venue from 30 May - 24 June, 2012.

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