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Poster - Jamie Reid archive

Jamie Reid archive

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London (designed)

  • Date:

    1976 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Reid, Jamie, born 1947 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Lithographic print on paper

  • Museum number:

    S.775-1990

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is an original promotional poster designed by Jamie Reid for Virgin Records, advertising the release of the single Holidays in the Sun by Sex Pistols, October 1977. The beach image in the background was taken from a previously published translation of a Situationist International book Reid had worked on, Leaving the 20th Century. He added speech bubbles, featuring lyrics from the song.

Jamie Reid's cut-and-paste aesthetic, as seen on this poster, developed from his interest in radical politics. His artistic style developed while at art college in Croydon, where he was influenced by the ideas of the avant-garde political group, the Situationist International. The political slant to his art was aroused by the May 1968 Paris student riots, which inspired fraternal protests organised by Reid at the Croydon College of Art. These were directed with fellow student Malcolm McLaren, who would later become the manager of the Sex Pistols.

Physical description

Black and white lithographic print of people on a crowded beach, with speech bubbles featuring the lyrics. Black border and yellow text advertising the single.

Place of Origin

London (designed)

Date

1976 (designed)

Artist/maker

Reid, Jamie, born 1947 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Lithographic print on paper

Marks and inscriptions

holidays in The Sun

I DON'T WANT A / HOLIDAY IN THE SUN
In speech bubbles printed over photograph

I WANNA GO TO / THE NEW BELSEN

I WANNA SEE SOME HISTORY

COS NOW I'VE GOT / A REASONABLE ECONOMY

NOW I'VE GOT A REASON / NOW I'VE GOT A REASON

AND I'M STILL WAITING / AT THE BERLIN WALL

I'M SENSUR-ROUND SOUND / IN A TWO INCH WALL

I WAS WAITING FOR / THE COMMUNIST CALL

I'M LOOKING OVER THE WALL / AND THEY'RE LOOKING AT ME

THEY'RE STARING ALL NIGHT / AND STARING ALL DAY

I HAD NO REASON TO BE / THERE AT ALL

BUT NOW I'VE GOT A / REASON, NO REAL / REASON TO BE / AT THE BERLIN WALL

DIDN'T ASK FOR SUNSHINE / AND I GOT WORLD WAR III

PARANOIA - WHEN WILL WE FALL

CLAUSTROPHOBIA - TOO MANY CLOSETS

CHEAP DIALOGUE - CHEAP ESSENTIAL SCENERY

I WANNA GO OVER / THE BERLIN WALL

A CHEAP HOLIDAY / IN OTHER PEOPLES MISERY!

KEEP WARM / THIS WINTER / MAKE TROUBLE

SeX PiSTOLS / VIRGIN RECORDS VS191

Dimensions

Height: 82 cm, Width: 108 cm

Descriptive line

Poster advertising Sex Pistols' single, Holidays in the Sun.

Categories

Entertainment & Leisure

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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