Someday All The Adults Will Die – Hayward Gallery Project Space – London SE1


Punk Graphics 1971- 1984

Hayward Gallery Project Space

14 September – 4 November 2012

Admission Free

From 14 September to 4 November 2012, the Hayward Gallery Project Space on the South Bank in London will host ‘Someday All the Adults Will Die’: Punk Graphics 1971 – 1984, a comprehensive overview of punk graphic design from before, during, and after the punk years. Curated by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage, the exhibition will include several hundred pieces of previously unseen material from private archives and collections: home made cassettes, fanzines, posters, handbills, records and clothing. Highlights include work by Gee Vaucher, Jamie Reid, Gary Panter, Raymond Pettibon, John Holmstrom and Penny Rimbaud, alongside numerous anonymous artists.

Schedule of Events:

Press View: 11am – 1pm Thursday 13 September

There will be a panel discussion moderated by exhibition co-curator Johan Kugelberg (Thursday 13 September at 7pm, £10). Tickets can be purchased HERE

The panel discussion at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre will explore the provocative graphic art that developed alongside punk rock. Panelists will include Tony Drayton, editor of Ripped & Torn, one of the first UK punk fanzines, and Kill Your Pet Puppy – arguably one of the most aesthetically interesting anarcho-punk fanzines of the ’80s; William Gibson, award winning writer and seminal cyberpunk novelist; John Holmstrom, writer, cartoonist and legendary editor of the iconic Punk magazine; and artist Gee Vaucher, whose record covers and newsletters for anarcho-punk band Crass in the late 1970s and early ’80s influenced graphics for political protest as well as for music.

The exhibition coincides with the publication of  Punk: An Aesthetic by Johan Kugelberg and Jon Savage, published by Rizzoli.

“If you don’t like the culture you are spoon-fed, you can make your own. It worked wonders at the end of the seventies, and all these jagged, chiaroscuro urgent masterpieces of graphic design, executed by art school masters alongside anguished adolescents continue to reverberate as get-up-and-get-on-with-it eyeball-pleasers.” – Johan Kugelberg, co-curator

Spanning a range of different media, works presented in ‘Someday All the Adults Will Die’: Punk Graphics 1971 – 1984 include: various ephemera such as clothing designed by

Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren; early press releases and pamphlets for the Sex Pistols and the Ramones; publications and early fanzines including London’s Outrage, Punk, Sniffin’ Glue, and Suburban Press; a rare chance to see and hear a collection of DIY 7” records from international punk labels and artists of the period; situationist-informed prints produced at art school by Malcolm McLaren; limited edition Black Flag prints from the early 1980s by Raymond Pettibon; a Linder Sterling flyer for a 1978 Joy Division performance in Manchester; and six banners used to advertise The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle, a 1980 ‘documentary’ film about the Sex Pistols, designed by Jamie Reid – whose cut-and-paste aesthetic became synonymous with the graphic imagery of the punk movement, particularly in the UK.


Johan Kugelberg is the author of The Velvet Underground: New York Art, and also organises exhibitions and runs Boo-Hooray gallery in New York. He is also the founder of the Cornell University hip hop history and punk history archives.

Jon Savage is a journalist and the author of England’s Dreaming: Sex Pistols and Punk Rock and Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture, among many other books. 

Southbank Centre is the UK’s largest arts centre, occupying a 21-acre site that sits in the midst of London’s most vibrant cultural quarter on the South Bank of the Thames. The site has an extraordinary creative and architectural history stretching back to the 1951 Festival of Britain. Southbank Centre is home to the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and the Hayward Gallery as well as The Saison Poetry Library and the Arts Council Collection.

For more information, contact visit our website HERE

Boo-Hooray is an exhibit space dedicated to 20th/21st century counter-culture ephemera, photography and book arts. We publish catalogues, books, artists’ books and LP’s regularly, as well as arrange readings and performances.


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  1. Sam
    September 7, 2012 at 4:58 am

    Brilliant. Wish I could go.

  2. AL Puppy
    AL Puppy
    September 7, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Yup, sounds fascinating.

  3. AL Puppy
    AL Puppy
    September 14, 2012 at 8:17 am

    The cover of KYPP 2 is on page 281 of the book ‘Punk an aesthetic’.

  4. Steve M
    Steve M
    September 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Where did they get our poster from, we only put them up around the Ashford area? Unless Penny still had one…

  5. Grant P
    Grant P
    September 22, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Hi, amazed to see my stencil artwork on your opening page here. This stencil slogan was created by myself and Peter both of us were punks living in Kent and we probably sent this to Crass or left it with them on one of visits to Dial House. We created the fanzine Black Daze and I also have copies of our second fanzine Pigs will Fly. I will be going to see the exhibition and would like to meet Jon Savage, I think i first saw his work at his final year show at the RCA. Grant

  6. Grant P
    Grant P
    September 22, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    I have another copy of the stencil artwork and also an alternate version Hello Hero. Steve M thanks for telling me about the exhibition took your number down wrong: email me via kill your pet puppy, please get in touch.

  7. Bruno Wizard..The Rejects and The Homosexuals
    Bruno Wizard..The Rejects and The Homosexuals
    October 19, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I will be popping along to see this presently and will make a full glowing or not commentary presently..I did an hour long interview with Johann in 2004 in his Manhattan apartment and then arranged for him to meet Susan Vida the artist responsible for designing The Homosexuals poster for a gig we did at The Wag Club in London in 1980.We knew that we had no desire or opportunity to reach a wider audience at that time so we only put posters up at our hermetically sealed gigs..NEVER outside or anywhere else for that matter. This poster was silk screened by a major unrecognised artist who was responsible for silk screening albums by Sun Ra/The Residents and various other works by The Homosexuals /Bruno Wizard side project of “In Search Of The Perfect baby/Nursery Chymes by Sir Alick And The Phraser/The Prolific Urdos. The artist in question Graham Keatley was a genius (I am not known for using the term lightly) and his whole body of work will be curated sometime in the next two years by myself and his surviving “wife and fellow artist..Watch this space…Soon all the adult artists will be dead but the child in us lives on forever …Congratulations to Johann in his continuing labour of love and to Jon Savage for simply BEING Jon Savage with all that entails. Blessings Bruno

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