Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print (1976–80) is an unrivalled collection of rarely seen, visually striking ephemera of Britain’s punk subculture that comes from the Mott Collection, an array of original artwork cut and pasted by anonymous hands. It presents over 450 items – fanzines, gig posters, flyers, and badges. The collection includes flyers for iconic bands, such as the Clash, the Ramones and the Jam. Published by Phaidon this October, 40 years after the birth of punk, the book gives a vivid impression of punk’s abrasive and uncompromising style.
A dedicated installation will transform the John Varvatos London boutique into a gallery space featuring an exclusive number of images from the book whose unique design reflects Punk’s graphic style through photocopied images, hand-drawn and ransom-note lettering, and crudely cut and torn edges. British artist Jamie Reid produced images for the notorious punk band, the Sex Pistols. The cover of the Anarchy in the UK fanzine and Royal photographer Peter Grugeon’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth covered in Reid’s typography remain quintessential images of British punk. The book includes influential fanzines Sniffin’ Glue by Mark Perry and Ripped & Torn by Tony Drayton, as well as Linder Sterling and Jon Savage’s The Secret Public and Sterling’s collage for the Buzzcocks’ single ‘Orgasm Addict’.