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PUNKULTURE | Images from a Musical Revolution

PUNKULTURE | Images from a Musical Revolution

Punkulture is a photographic exhibition highlighting images from a musical revolution whose repercussions and reverberations of cultural change, over 40 years ago, continue to increase in significance today.

The images of Adrian Boot coupled with words by Chris Salewicz bring to life the music, the personalities and the ideologies that were Punk.

The exhibition comprises 62 images of iconic legends such as The Clash, The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, Blondie, The Buzzcocks and many more.

Much of the legacy of punk is now taken for granted; yet through its DIY ethos, punk heralded the birth of independent music, visually captured by Boot during it’s heyday in the 1970s.

Punkulture documents the punk movement as it bridged the gap between musicians and their audience - and by rejecting musical virtuosity, grabbing music back for young people. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the attitude, gender expression and style that when first exploded into view shocked, scared and dismayed many.

PUNKULTURE Opening Night
Friday 24 August 2018
6:30pm - 8:30pm

SUNSTUDIOS Melbourne
95 Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne VIC

Show runs until 14 September 2018




Punkulture was photographed by Adrian Boot, a renowned, long time music photographer from the UK. After university in 1970 Adrian moved to Jamaica as a physics teacher, returning to Britain to freelance for the NME, Melody Maker, The Times, The Guardian, and The Face. By the mid-1970s he had become staff photographer for The Melody Maker.

Adrian has been chief photographer for Live Aid; for Nelson Mandela – Freedom at 70; for Roger Water’s The Wall in Berlin; for Greenpeace in the Soviet Union. Adrian has also worked with ORBIS, the flying eye hospital, in Africa; the British Council in Iraq and Jordan; for the Grateful Dead in Egypt; and for Island Records in Jamaica, Colombia, Algeria, Nigeria and many other parts of the world.

Chris Salewicz has documented world popular culture for over two decades, both in print and on television. His writing, on subjects from film to foreign affairs, has appeared in publications worldwide. As a senior features writer for NME from 1975 to 1981 he saw service at the frontlines of glam rock, punk rock, and reggae music. In 1978 he was assistant director of DOA, the definitive US film about punk rock. A founder member of MTV Europe, he presented Kino, a weekly 60 minute pan-European film magazine programme from 1987-1989. His books include McCartney, the Definitive Biography, published by St Martin's in 1986; Midnights in Moscow with Billy Bragg and Bob Marley, Songs of Freedom.

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