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Art Editorial

punk4518.jpg Punk’s not dead

To celebrate the opening of Newcastle’s largest vinyl only record store, Vinyl Guru have teamed up with the Gallagher and Turner gallery to present Never Mind The Punk 45, from explosive artist Mal-One.

Have you tried streaming early records from The Clash? They sound terrible! You need to hear this stuff on vinyl. You need that crackle of excitement when you place the needle into the groove. Because punk was all about excitement, the shock of the new, and it’s this feeling that Mal-One has captured in this thrilling show.

The artist grew up in London and was first introduced to The Sex Pistols’ Steve Jones when Jones nicked his bike. He evidently hasn’t held it against him as The Pistols take their rightful place in this exhibition alongside X-Ray Spex, Buzzcocks, Ramones and the rest, with the work featuring décollages cut back from the original 7” artworks to show snippets of related material from the back story of these bands, using press cuttings, promo badges and tickets.

The exhibition features a series of extremely limited edition signed prints (from £75) and will be launched on Saturday 19 May as part of The Late Shows. And this launch promises to a real party with the redoubtable Re:Peel DJs spinning tunes – on original rare vinyl from Vinyl Guru’s collection – from 7-11pm.

Never Mind The Punk 45, 18 May-30 June, Gallagher & Turner, 30 St Mary’s Place, Newcastle. gallagherandturner.co.uk. Find Vinyl Guru at 69 Westgate Road, Newcastle. vinylguru.co.uk