JUBILEE, 2012 – Sixty Punk Singles
The Vinyl Factory and The Mott Collection have joined forces to present a new exhibition: JUBILEE, 2012 – SIXTY PUNK SINGLES. In 1977, The Queen – the actual representation of the British state – and The Sex Pistols – the raw voice of youthful rebellion – were engaged with each other in some tortured parasitical dance of opposites, the young versus the old: the nation fractured. The Sex Pistols’ 1977 Silver Jubilee tribute ‘God Save The Queen’ politicised punk by targeting the emblem of the establishment. Banned by the BBC and fired by two record companies, The Pistols controversially reached the top of the pop charts. The single’s sleeve, designed by Jaime Reid, defaced Cecil Beaton’s official jubilee portrait of The Queen by sticking a safety pin through her nose. Now, 35 years later, we celebrate this symbiotic relationship: The Queen representing quintessential British values and Punk exemplifying Britain’s inventive spirit. It’s come a long way, but Punk is as relevant today as it was back then. To celebrate JUBILEE, 2012 The Vinyl Factory and The Mott Collection have collaborated to create a commemorative book. Limited to 100 copies worldwide, this 124-page catalogue documents Sixty Punk Singles from The Mott Collection, and includes an essay by Toby Mott and an exclusive 7” pressing of the Sex Pistols appearance on the Today show on 1 December 1976. Available now for pre-order from the Vinyl Factory.