The wall of band-gig posters, which inspired many of the people at the opening to reminisce about about specific band performances and their favourite poster art (and artists)
In addition to posters, the exhibit also featured some original paste-ups like this one for The Black Donnellys
An original paste-up advertising a show featuring the Zellots, an early London punk band
I think a number of people who attended the opening appreciated the sentiment on this woman's t-shirt.
A number of the kids whose parents were artists and musicians formed their own bands back in the 1980's, and some of them also produced some amazing artwork in the form of Zines like Mind Theatre, the brainchild of artist Charles Vincent (known as Chaz back in the day), in the photo above.
Above is a page from an issue of Mind Theatre, featuring a comic strip drawn by Vincent in 1984
Vincent's work also appeared on posters like the one above. He got the small symbol that appears at the bottom of the poster tattooed on his arm during the same time period that he created the poster.
Uranus, a local band led by Frank Risdale, played songs that were appreciated as much for their humour as their catchy melodies, and their irreverent attitude carried over to the posters for their gigs
James Reaney Jr., writer for the London Free Press, and fervent supporter of local arts and music
The show opening also included the London launch of artist Jamie Q's latest book, titled "The Possibilities are Endless". Some of Jamie's art can be seen on the wall behind her.
The show also featured paintings by John Elvis Passion--a character well-known to all of us who worked in music stores in the downtown core during the 80's. John was the biggest Elvis Presley fan I have ever met and his obsession earned him his name. He refused to believe that "The King" had died, and every week he would make the rounds of the downtown record stores and ask, "anything new by the king this week?", and we would always respond with, "He's dead, John". He may have been a bit off his rocker, but he was also a true folk artist and it became a badge of honour to acquire one of his Elvis paintings (I am the proud owner of one!).
The next generation surveys the relics of London's musical past
Dave O'Halloran (above) and his wife Reena founded What Wave, a magazine that celebrated rock and roll, particularly Garage bands. Dave Clarke, die-hard Garage band fan and local record store legend, occasionally provided the cover art, and often the magazine included a cassette recording featuring some of the bands written about in that particular issue.
Yours truly, who wouldn't think of letting the fact that she was sick keep her from dressing for the occasion
For more information, and to see more band-gig posters, visit the website for the show. Graphic Underground: London 1977 - 1990 continues at the Forest City Gallery until December 15th