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Sex Pistols – Rare 1978 US Tour Poster, Signed By Designer Ronn Spencer

A very rare Sex Pistols US Tour Poster, made in 1977 by Warner Bros. Records.   We acquired this poster directly from its designer, Ronn Spencer, who confirmed this was made for the Pistols 1978 US tour, and “the space at the bottom of the tour poster was intended for the gig info.” At our request Spencer hand signed the poster it the lower right hand corner.

Spencer explained “When WB signed the Pistols one of the art directors remembered my work and suggested sending some examples to Malcolm [McLaren, the Pistols manager], proposing I handle the stateside graphics. My graphics had the deliberately sloppy and aggressive style that grew out of my involvement with the largely Neo-Dadaist mail art group that was funded by a Canadian government arts grant in the early 70s.  Malcolm agreed with the stipulation that I work with his American representative, Rory Johnston. Rory sent everything I did to Malcolm for final approval. We only butted heads when I sneaked a graphics credit in on the “Flowers in the dustbin”poster. He wanted everything to be anonymous. We never cleared anything with WB even though they paid me and not Glitterbest. We had carte blanche to do anything we wanted.”

This stunning day-glo poster is in near mint condition, and measures 24″ x 33.1″. Adding to the rarity is the fact that this is a never-folded example, straight from the designer’s archive.  Spencer noted “BTW–anyone who buys this intending to frame it MUST use UV glass–day-glo inks demand it”.

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