UK Promotional Poster
A scarce promotional poster issued by Virgin Records in support of the Sex Pistols third single Pretty Vacant, released in July 1977 from their only studio album Never Mind The Bollocks: Here's The Sex Pistols. British artist Jamie Reid has become synonymous with the Sex Pistols and pretty much defined the image of Punk in the UK. His cut-and-paste aesthetic, featuring letters seemingly cut from newspaper headlines in the style of a ransom note, developed from his interest in radical politics. Reflecting the disenchanted fatalism and cultural boredom that the Sex Pistols had come to represent, the Boredom/Nowhere buses design was first used by Reid in his Suburban Press magazine in 1973, reportedly reappropriated from a 1973 pamphlet by the San Francisco Situationist group Point-Blank. A similar design, with white buses on a black ground, featured on the back cover of the single sleeve.
Unfolded, backed on linen in the European style with no restoration whatsoever. Backing has smoothed and diminished nicks and tears to corners and edges, the largest a 2½ in. diagonal tear to upper edge and a 6 in. diagonal tear to right edge, not affecting the artwork. Small ½ x ½ in. loss to lower left corner. Some minor scuffs and creases to black ink. Some discolouration to white ground. Image otherwise excellent.