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People of Punk bring the year of celebration to an end – Punks exhibition at the Museum of London & uncensored Punk.London debate

September 22, 2016

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People of Punk bring the year of celebration to an end

– Punks exhibition at the Museum of London – open 1 October 2016 – 15 January 2017

– Uncensored Punk.London debate at the Museum of London – 18 November 2016 – a live debate bringing together opposing ideas and arguments about the ideas of punk

– Free local Punk.London events across the city from Waltham Forest to Clapham

Punk.London, the year-long festival commemorating forty years of the enduring influence of punk across London is drawing to a close but it’s not going quietly.

Following a summer that has seen a punk-themed closing weekender at the Design Museum, Don Letts’ curated film season at the BFI and even provoked Viv Albertine to graffiti in the British Library, there’s still more to come. A new exhibition and a high-profile debate mark the beginning of the end of this eventful year.

Punks – Museum of London – 1 October 2016 – 15 January 2017 (free)
From handmade mixtape sleeves and DIY fanzines, to the radical clothes sold on the King’s Road, the Museum of London’s new exhibition, Punks, will tell the stories of ordinary punks of the late 1970s. In 1976 punk crashed into London and changed music, fashion and attitudes forever.  In a move away from the big names of punk, the Museum of London invited people to share their punk tales and lend or donate their memorabilia to be part of this exhibition.

Jen Kavanagh, curator of Punks at the Museum of London, said: “Punk was so much more than just the music. It was a philosophy, a lifestyle, a community. The 17 incredible people who have contributed to this exhibition talk about their punk days with so much passion and affection and we wanted to get this across in the stories we display. Punk touched the lives of teenagers and young people in London in 1976, and for many it changed their lives forever.”
Lesley Edgar had always been interested in fashion, so when punk arrived she embraced the opportunity to push the boundaries with what she wore. Shopping in jumble sales and markets, clothes would be customised with chains and safety pins. Tartan kilts and men’s string vests formed her look. Lesley cut the sleeves off t-shirts to turn them into mini dresses, which she wore with fishnet tights or homemade plastic trousers.
Trev and Bev met in 1978. They were both fully immersed in the punk scene, spending their weekends on the King’s Road and at gigs. Buying clothes in second hand shops, or hanging out in the Chelsea Potter, they embraced the sense of community that punk brought. Nearly 40 years later they still go to gigs and hang out with the friends they made in the 1970.
Zoe Neale was introduced to punk by her friend Jane. Bored of the prog rock that dominated the early 1970s, Zoe loved the energy and pace of punk. As she lived in the suburbs, she’d have to travel into London to attend gigs, and was a regular at the Marquee.  Always experimenting with different coloured hair, her parents were appalled by her appearance, but eventually accepted her love of punk.
David Black was attending college in Norwich when he first encountered punk. He’d make trips into London to buy clothes, treating himself to a Destroy t-shirt from Seditionaries and a bondage shirt and mesh tie from Boy. Dave treasured his Destroy top and didn’t mind spending a lot to own it. But shopping on the King’s Road meant dodging the teddy boys, who were often looking for a fight.

Punk London debate at the Museum of London – 18 November 2016
A live, no holds barred debate bringing together opposing ideas and arguments about the ideas of punk, its journey over forty years and what it means for the future. High profile line-up to be announced soon.

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Trevor Smith in his bedroom 1977;
Leather studded belt and cuff worn by Trevor Smith – Late 1970s from his personal collection (c) Museum of London;
Zoe Neale in her garden at home in 1979;
Scrapbook of flyers tickets and cuttings made by Zoe Neale in late 70s_Museum of London     collection_(c) Museum of London (2).
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