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RIP Malcolm McLaren

We’re very sad to hear the news of his death, aged 64 on the 8th April 2010.

The Sex Pistols are Malcolm’s main legacy, although after Punk had waned he also embraced many projects covering pop, opera and ambient music. All were original and in Malcolm’s way slightly ahead of the curve.

As much a part of the Pistols music was their image and Malcolm really knew how to surround himself with the right people.

As well as loving the music (Never Mind the Bollocks – was rereleased in heavy weight vinyl just over a year ago for you audiophiles out there) we’re also huge fans of the Punk aesthetic from Sniffin’ Glue to Jamie Reid who did all the graphics at the time. So much so we have a few of the 1997 silkscreen series around the place…

Whether he saved the world from a prog based musical future is debatable with the likes of Roxy Music, Kraftwerk and Bowie in their prime but he certainly gave the whole scene a kick up the arse!

He by all accounts could be difficult to work with, Russ Meyer, one of the world’s most original and visually stunning directors, walked off the Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle set after directing for three days after ‘creative differences’

Well all we can say is thanks for the music Malcolm, EMI is currently belting out in the studio it still sounds amazing!


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Kick-Ass The Movie – Great Poster Design and a Comic Book Film That Lives Upto The Hype?

I collect film posters, usually 1960/70’s sexploitation movie posters from such visionaries as Ted V Mikels and America’s greatest auteur Russ Meyer.

While these posters for some are an acquired taste they are beautiful examples of poster design and I’ll show some of my collection in future posts. But this post is about the posters of the new Movie KickAss, the first set of posters I’d want to collect since Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Which if any of you know your films know that Quentin has cited the huge influence both Ted and Russ have had on his work so maybe there’s the link! In Fact I have the original US Poster of this Movie before it was split (unsuccessfully) into two parts (See below).

The comics for Kick-Ass are superb and even if you’re not a regular comic buyer (I’m not) they’re worth getting. Most adaptations fall way short of the mark (All Superman films, the early Batman films, the last Spiderman film, the Punisher… I could go on) but the reception this film has good has been astounding across the board.

Below are some of the many posters for the film which while retaining the comic roots, still have a modern twist… and just work.

I for one as a fan of chop-socky, kitsch films in general and graphic style with be at the front of the line for this one!

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