Flyers for The Limelight and Generation X, Allen Jones Artwork And More Excavated Ephemera of a London Youth

"While back in London visiting my mom in her Abbey Road flat that she’s lived in for forty-odd years, I went on an archeological dig in my old room and unearthed more than a few treasures" - DB Burkeman

During a recent visit to his mother’s north London home, NY-based expat DJ, art/publishing player and blogger DB Burkeman took the opportunity to recover some of the ephemera of his youth, including the items you see here.

Public Image Ltd Copy of PIL’s Metal Box complete with tape printed with Dennis Morris’ logo for the band; DB reckons this may have come from the group’s guitarist Keith Levene

Copy of PIL’s Metal Box complete with tape printed with Dennis Morris’ logo for the band; DB reckons this may have come from the group’s guitarist Keith Levene

Flyer for evening at the London outpost of Peter Gatien’s 80s club brand featuring Barnsley (now Barnzley), Tim Simenon (of Bomb The Bass) and the Wild Bunch’s Nellee Hooper

Flyer for evening at the London outpost of Peter Gatien’s 80s club brand featuring Barnsley (now Barnzley), Tim Simenon (of Bomb The Bass) and the Wild Bunch’s Nellee Hooper

 

Photo of Allen Jones artwork obtained from Burkeman’s first employer

Photo of Allen Jones artwork obtained from Burkeman’s first employer

Allen Jones appropriation in artwork for late 70s Generation X gig designed by Burkeman’s friend Barry Jones, one of the faces behind punk club The Roxy and guitarist for the London Cowboys and Johnny Thunders

Allen Jones appropriation in artwork for late 70s Generation X gig designed by Burkeman’s friend Barry Jones, one of the faces behind punk club The Roxy and guitarist for the London Cowboys and Johnny Thunders

 

Many struck a chord; we are approximately of the same vintage and have followed the same interests (though he more intensively in music). For sure we were at some of the same gigs – including Hawkwind’s final stands with Stacia at The Roundhouse in 1975 – and also have mutual acquaintances.

 

76pp booklet by David Johnson and Roger Dunkley, illustrations Julia Stone, photography Bob Baker. Atlas Publishing, 1967

76pp booklet by David Johnson and Roger Dunkley, illustrations Julia Stone, photography Bob Baker. Atlas Publishing, 1967

 

I was made up when out of the blue last week DB sent me one of the items he retrieved: a 1967 copy of the Gear Guide booklet (I have the repro issued by Old House a couple of years back).

 

Just weird cool stuff found in a drawer, including dice-petrol lighter, heavy brass thumb-tacks, folding ruler, smiling-banana patch & a Johnny Thunders “Chinese Rocks” badge.

Just weird cool stuff found in a drawer, including dice-petrol lighter, heavy brass thumb-tacks, folding ruler, smiling-banana patch & a Johnny Thunders “Chinese Rocks” badge.

 

Passport photos of Burkeman in the late 70s

Passport photos of Burkeman in the late 70s

 

For a full rundown of DB’s finds, read his post on dbdoesablog.com here.

All photos: DB Burkeman.