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Punk Rock Music

Punk Rock Music

Punk rock music (or simply punk) is a music genre that developed in the 1970s music era between 1974 and 1976 in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in garage rock and other forms of what is now known as proto-punk music, punk rock bands rejected the perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock music. Punk bands typically use short or fast-paced songs, with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many punk rock music artists self-produced recordings and distributed them through informal channels.

The term "punk" was first used in relation to rock music by some American critics in the early 1970s music scene, to describe garage bands and their devotees. By late 1976, punk rock bands such as Television and the Ramones in New York City, and the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and the Damned in London were recognised as the vanguard of a new musical movement. The following year saw punk rock spreading around the world, and it became a major cultural phenomenon in the United Kingdom.

For the most part, punk rock music took root in local scenes that tended to reject association with the mainstream and a variety of anti-authoritarian ideologies. Punk rockers, as they were known, had a unique fashion style. Distressed clothes, ripped jeans, and safety pins were core elements of punk fashion, influenced by designer Vivienne Westwood. John Lydon, Siouxsie Sioux, Joe Strummer, and Sid Vicious became style icons for the genre.

By the beginning of the 1980s, faster, more aggressive styles such as hardcore (e.g. Black Flag) and street punk (e.g. the Exploited) had become the predominant mode of punk rock. Musicians identifying with or inspired by punk also pursued a broad range of other variations, giving rise to post-punk and the alternative rock movement. Bands such as The Cramps, The Jam, The Police, and Adam and the Ants were heavily influenced by the punk genre.

At the end of the 20th century, punk rock had been adopted by the mainstream, as pop punk and punk rock bands such as Green Day, the Offspring, and Blink-182 brought the genre widespread popularity. Punk rock music lives on and its influence on culture and fashion endures with street artists such as The Postman regarding their work as having a ‘colourful punk twist’.

We are delighted to be able to offer a unique collection of punk rock prints that feature iconic images of The Clash, Sex Pistols, Ramones, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Iggy Pop, Buzzcocks, and The Stranglers including work by acclaimed punk photographers Ray Stevenson, Jill Furmanovsky, Sheila Rock and Michael Grecco.

Browse our unique collection of punk rock music prints below.

Contact Sheet of Beastie Boys images taken by Jake Chessum in LA in 1994

Beastie Boys

Colour contact sheet of the Beastie Boys hanging out at Mike D's house during a photo shoot for The Face Magazine in 1994.

Prices from £595.00
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Blondie (BL001MAGO)

Blondie

Photo shoot for Telegraph Sunday Magazine used on Parallel Lines picture disc, taken in New York in 1978.

Prices from £395.00
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Clash, The (CL001MBR)

The Clash

The Clash giving it all onstage at The Music Machine (Camden Palace), London in 1978

Prices from £208.33
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Iggy Pop (IP005JF)

Iggy Pop

Contact sheet from Iggy Pop performing live onstage at the Rainbow Theatre in July 1979

Prices from £333.33
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Jam, The (JA003MAGO)

The Jam

Cover artwork for The Jam's debut album 'In The City' released in 1977

Prices from £395.00
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Jam, The (JA010JF)

The Jam

Paul Weller onstage with The Jam at the Rainbow Theatre, London in 1979

Prices from £415.00
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Joe Strummer of The Clash in Boston, USA in 1981 photographed by Michael Grecco

Joe Strummer

Joe Strummer of The Clash photographed by Michael Grecco in Boston, Massachusetts in 1981

Prices from £2,000.00
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Joy Division (JD001KC)

Joy Division

Iconic shot of Joy Division walking in the snow near Manchester Cathedral in 1979

Prices from £1,800.00
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Joy Division (JD002KC)

Joy Division

Classic early shot of Joy Division rehearsing at the TJ Davidson's Rehearsal Rooms in August 1979

Prices from £1,800.00
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Joy Division (JD005KC)

Joy Division

Joy Division on the Princess Parkway in Hulme, Manchester in January 1979 taken by Kevin Cummins.

Prices from £1,800.00
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Patti Smith (PS001GOLD)

Patti Smith

Patti Smith relaxing at the Portobello Hotel, London shortly before her first London gig at the Roundhouse in 1976

Prices from £166.67
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Paul Weller (JA015JF)

Paul Weller

Paul Weller photographed for The Face magazine (April 1983 - Issue 36), not long after he formed The Style Council with Mick Talbot.

Prices from £295.00
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Paul Weller (PW001KW)

Paul Weller

Kevin Westenberg photograph taken during a Paul Weller N.M.E. cover shoot in London in June 1997.

Prices from £1,600.00
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Sex Pistols (SP001JA)

Sex Pistols

Johnny Rotten at Daddy's Dance Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark in July 1977, the first show of what allegedly was a secret Scandinavian tour.

Prices from £375.00
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Siouxsie and The Banshees (SS001SH)

Siouxsie and The Banshees

Sheila Rock photographed this iconic image of Siouxsie Sioux for the Face Magazine in February 1982.

Prices from £295.00
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Siouxsie and the Banshees (SS005JF)

Siouxsie and the Banshees

Siouxsie Sioux captured in Sweden in 1982 during Siouxsie & The Banshees Summer Tour

Prices from £295.00
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Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees (SS001MR)

Siouxsie Sioux

Siouxsie Sioux photographed by Mick Rock at his New York Studio in 1980.

Prices from £1,100.00
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The Stranglers giant pin badge designed by artist Tony Dennis AKA Tape Deck Art

The Stranglers

Limited edition giant vintage pin badge featuring artwork of The Stranglers album Rattus Norvegicus by artist Tony Dennis AKA Tape Deck Art

Prices from £380.00
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Blondie, Debbie Harry in New York, 1978 | Fine Art Print by Lex Van Rossen

Blondie

Blondie headlined at The Palladium, NYC as part of their 1st U.S. Tour. Robert Gordon and Link Wray opened for them.

Prices from £925.00
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Blondie, Debbie Harry in New York, 1978 by Mick Rock

Blondie

Debbie Harry, Blondie, at a photoshoot by Mick Rcko in New York, 1978 to accompany an interview to promote the release of Parallel Lines

Prices from £1,100.00
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Blondie, Debbie Harry in London, 1977 Photo | Fine Art Print by Sheila Rock

Blondie

Blondie were in London for just one day on their second British Tour playing at The Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park.

Prices from £295.00
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Blondie, Debbie Harry in London, 1978 Photo | Fine Art Print by Allan Ballard

Blondie

Studio shoot with Debbie Harry, Blondie, who were regarded as an underground band in the US until the release of 'Parallel Lines' in 1978.

Prices from £208.33
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Blondie, Debbie Harry in London, 1977 Photo | Fine Art Print by Sheila Rock

Blondie

Debbie Harry from Blondie captured at photographer Sheila Rock's flat in Holland Park, London in 1977. Her dress matched with the curtains.

Prices from £375.00
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The Clash 'Rock the Casbah' by artist Horace Panter | Buy limited edition fine art prints

The Clash

Signed limited edition fine art cassette print by Horace Panter of The Clash's 'Rock The Casbah'

Prices from £166.67
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Featured Prints

Orange screen print of Liam Gallagher created by artist David Studwell

Liam Gallagher

Orange limited edition screen print of Liam Gallagher by David Studwell

Prices from £600.00
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Led Zeppelin (LZ001MPUT)

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin performing at Madison Square Garden, New York, USA 1977.

Prices from £595.00
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Pink Floyd (PF005ANWH)

Pink Floyd

Relaxing backstage at Abbey Road Studios during the recording of debut album 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn'

Prices from £291.67
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Rolling Stones, The (RS001DH)

The Rolling Stones

Keith Richards performing with The Rolling Stones onstage at the Feyenoordstadion Rotterdam, Holland in August 2003

Prices from £2,700.00
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Red Hot Chili Peppers (CP001MA)

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Contact sheet of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers photographed at Hyde Park, London in 1991

Prices from £295.00
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John Prine (JP002ALME)

John Prine

John Prime backstage at The Station Inn, Nashville before performing with Jimmy Rooney's Irregulars in 2019.

Prices from £775.00
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Featured Artists

Rolling Stones, The

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band who were in the vanguard of the British music Invasion that became popular in the US in 1964–65.

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Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

A unique collection of images of Pink Floyd, one of the worlds most successful and influential rock bands.

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Blondie, Debbie Harry in London, 1977 Photo | Fine Art Print by Sheila Rock

Blondie

Blondie is a American rock band founded by Debbie Harry & Chris Stein that pioneered the New York new wave & punk scenes of the 1970s.

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Amy Winehouse onstage at the V Festival in 2008, photograph taken by photographer Mark Mawston

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was an English singer and songwriter known for her deep expressive contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres.

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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968 & considered one of the most innovative & influential rock bands in history.

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Oasis

Oasis

Oasis was an English rock music band formed in Manchester in 1991, to date the band has sold over 70 million records worldwide.

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Featured Collections

***New Arrivals***

***New Arrivals***

Here are the very latest prints we have added to our collection. We hope you love them as much as we do.

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Contact Sheets Print Collection

Contact Sheets Print Collection

Our contact sheet print collection is a rare opportunity to look back at the hidden moments surrounding some of rocks most iconic images.

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Jake Chessum

Jake Chessum

During his 30 year career Jake Chessum has shot defining images of musicians such as Amy Winehouse, Jay Z, The Beastie Boys & David Bowie.

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Alternative artwork by Storm Thorgerson for Pink Floyd's Division Bell

Album Covers

Album covers can define a band almost as much as the music itself. Now you can put this great art on your wall as well as your turntable

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Born In The USA

Born In The USA

The USA has given us many of the world's greatest music artists - we celebrate the best of the best

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Jill Furmanovsky Collection

Jill Furmanovsky Collection

Jill Furmanovsky is one of the greatest ever rock & roll photographers with a huge archive of iconic shots of the world's best music artists

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