1976 redux: Pistols poster found as Anarchy goes eco

THE LOOK is indebted to reader Mark Ogilvie for this rare poster of the Sex Pistols, created from images taken during a photo session at the Notre Dame Hall in London’s Leicester Square in the late summer of 1976.


//Poster from Swedish music magazine, 1977 courtesy Mark Ogilvie//

Most of the poster photos did not appear in the feature in the September 30 1976 issue of German teen magazine Bravo we revealed exclusively here, but were also taken by Abba’s favourite photographer Wolfgang “Bubi” Heileman.

Mark was given the 24″ x 17″ poster by a friend from Sweden in 1978/79. “I presume it was from a Swedish music magazine from 1977,” he says. “It’s a bit tatty on the corners and well creased across the centre but it’s well-travelled, having been to South America, the West Indies, USA, Canada, Denmark and even Wales! I’ve never seen this picture or poster, original or reproduction, anywhere in the past 32 years and I’m pretty sure I must have seen every photo, film, book, article, documentary, etc about the Pistols 1975-78.”

These are a great addition to the recently unearthed Bravo images; clear for all to see are bassist Glen Matlock‘s Jackson Pollock-ed jeans and Let It Rock shirt, as are singer Johnny Rotten‘s customised school blazer (later to inspire the Seditionaries inside-out felt jacket) and lurex-threaded Let It Rock trousers.

//Westwood and model, Gold Label S/S 2010 show, Paris, October 2. Photo: EPA// 

Among the smaller images lined up along the bottom are photographs of drummer Paul Cook in the tees I HATE Pink Floyd and You’re Gonna Wake Up. Guitarist Steve Jones is also in the main picture resplendent in his pink paint-striped Only Anarchists Are Pretty Anarchy Shirt

And this week, in an eco-charged celebration of the DIY aesthetic, the Anarchy Shirt’s co-designer Vivienne Westwood has included a version in her Gold Label S/S 2010 collection, as previewed in her Paris show (the soundtrack of which included Sid Vicious’ version of My Way).

It’s apposite that Westwood should chose to revive this after 33 years, given continuing concerns among collectors over the authenticity of many Sex and Seditionaries garments in circulation, but Westwood is clearly hoping to tap into the potency of the original design by conveying a contemporary message.

The 2010 Anarchy Shirt carries images and slogans related to her Active Resistance campaign, while the show’s leaflets were headed: “Call to action for all eco-warriors – dress up!” 

Mondo said,

October 6, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

What a corker of a poster – it would actually look pretty fab on a tee itself..

Oh and did you see Marco and Siouxsie were spotted at London Fashion Week recently


Tim B. said,

October 6, 2009 @ 1:36 pm

Fantastic, Paul. Nice work!

Barfly said,

October 6, 2009 @ 8:45 pm

This rare Sex Pistols poster is from a Swedish poster/magazine called “POSTER”. It was in the shops in Scandinavia in 1977, but I agree the pictures were shot in 1976.

I have got one in my collection, in better condition.
And if i remember rightly, I bought this issue of “Poster” magazine in Norway, during the winter of 1977.

It’s a very cool poster.

CantabriaPistols said,

October 8, 2009 @ 1:05 pm

Me encantan TODOS los articulos que dia a dia voy descubriendo sobre los Sex Pistols.

[I’m really loving all these items being discovered about the Sex Pistols.]

God save…

Adam said,

February 24, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

I really want to buy her new “Anarchy shirt”, but I can´t find someone who sell it…

SubliminalKid said,

March 10, 2010 @ 5:21 am

Hi Adam,

You can buy them exclusively through Worlds End, if you’re not in London they’ll gladly do orders through the phone and email. I’m in the middle of the US and paid for my Anarchy shirt on a Friday and got it the next Monday which is crazy fast. The shirt is wonderful, but you should hurry because Lise, the Worlds End manager, told me they were selling fast. Also the CHAOS armbands are sold seperatly. If you miss out this time around, I believe there were some black Anarchy Shirts shown in the F/W 2010-11 show, and something that looked like an Anarchy style shirt in the Gold Label show a few days ago.

Milky said,

April 14, 2010 @ 8:46 am

The “Active Resistence” website is laughable and tragic. Total Illumanati propaganda. The Club of Rome set the agenda for the modern eco movement in the early 1960s as a way to manipulate the slackjawed public wretches. They even published their plans (including the global warming/climate change scam); of course the majority of “radicals” will never know that and will campaign for their own extermination in the name of liberation.

rockpopfashion said,

April 14, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

Wow a real-live denialist – hiding behind a pseudonym natch.
What an insight into your diseased worldview is granted us by the description of the public as “slackjawed wretches”.
You’re not going to respond by providing us all with your identity so begone, coward and fool.

Milky said,

April 15, 2010 @ 9:36 pm

“Denialist” or “Heretic”?
Look up agenda 21; the people who created the “enviromental movement” want to kill billions of people. This is not science fiction, this is not “conspiracy theory”; this is humanity in crossfires of a global elite who lust for total dicatorship. The documents are public and all that is required of you as a human being is to shed your conditioning and read the documents yourself. The U.N.’s 1994 Global Biodiversity Assessment Report, proposes a 70% reduction in world population to 2 billion people.

rockpopfashion said,

April 16, 2010 @ 4:48 pm

It seems fair that I should allow you the riposte/to further state your case. Now that this strand of the dialogue seems to have strayed far off topic it is officially closed.

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