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Patti Smith & Television – 1974 CBGB Concert Poster

An extremely rare and early punk poster advertising an August, 1974 series of shows by Patti Smith and Television at the legendary New York City club Max’s Kansas City. This was Television’s earliest lineup, with Richard Hell, Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd and Billy Ficca. Smith was backed by Lenny Kaye on guitar and Richard Sohl on piano.

We acquired this poster from writer and cultural historian Jon Savage, author of England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, the definitive work on the British punk scene.  This exact poster appears on Page 89 of England’s Dreaming, and Savage has written on the back of the frame “This was given to me by Roberta Bayley for use in England’s Dreaming, circa 1989.  Jon Savage.”  Bayley was a well known photographer on the punk scene, responsible for the cover of the Ramones’ debut album.

11″ x 17″, framed to just under 12″ x 18″.  Frame in excellent condition with a small ding to top left corner.  A rare and evocative punk artifact with impeccable provenance.  (note: what looks like a line along the left edge of the poster is only a shadow in the photograph.)

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