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Brighton Museum celebrates the birth of punk

31 July 2016 No Comment

A new display at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery will celebrate the birth of UK punk this autumn to mark the cultural movement’s 40th anniversary.

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Photo-punk: 40 images from the birth of punk will document the phenomenon’s early years from 1976-79 through 40 photographs by ex-NME photographers Kevin Cummins and Brighton-based Ian Dickson.

The display includes live photos of acts that inspired UK punk, from Iggy Pop and The Ramones to Dr Feelgood; early images of UK punk pioneers The Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash and punk poet John Cooper Clarke; shots of Joy Division starting out in Manchester and candid images of UK punk fans.

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Ian Dickson joined the NME in 1973 and after a short stint with National Rockstar worked as a staff photographer with Sounds when UK punk exploded in 1976. “Punk was the last great youth movement that still reverberates today – which is why there is still so much interest in events that happened 40 years ago’ he says. “The images still seem so fresh and I’m looking forward to sharing them with both those who were there and later generations.”

Kevin Cummins had a 25-year career with the NME, where he was chief photographer and premier documenter of Manchester’s burgeoning punk scene before becoming a founding contributor of The Face.

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Kevin says: “Manchester was a key location for the development of UK punk and post-punk, and I’m proud that these now-iconic images are being showcased 40 years later in another creative city like Brighton.”

The collection will be displayed in Brighton Museum’s Prints & Drawings Gallery alongside punk memorabilia lent by Cummins and showings of the 1977 film Punk in London. The Museum’s adjacent Fashion Gallery will also host a stage outfit worn by Brighton resident and original Damned member Captain Sensible, as well as a guitar that was set on fire and attacked with an axe yet lived to tell the punk tale!

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Photo-punk: 40 images from the birth of punk by Ian Dickson and Kevin Cummins will be at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery from 22 November 2016 – 5 March 2017.

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