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Sex Pistols – Unfolded 1977 US ‘Never Mind The Bollocks/Flowers in the Dustbin’ Warner Bros. Promotional Poster, Signed by Designer

A rare unfolded 1977 Sex Pistols promotional poster, made by Warner Bros. Records to promote Never Mind The Bollocks.  We acquired this day-glo classic from its designer, Ronn Spencer, who hand-signed it along the left edge next to his printed credit.  Warner Bros. sent these posters out machine folded, but this example was never folded and sat rolled in Spencer’s archive for more than 40 years.

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 [this] “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 33 1/4″ x 24″. Adding to its value is the fact that it came directly from the designer’s archive and is unfolded.  Spencer added “BTW–anyone who buys this intending to frame it MUST use UV glass–day-glo inks demand it”.

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