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The 1980's

The 1980's

The 1980s saw the emergence of dance music and new wave. As disco fell out of fashion in the decade's early years, genres such as post-disco, Italo disco, Euro disco and dance-pop became more popular. Rock music continued to enjoy a wide audience. Soft rock, glam metal, thrash metal, shred guitar characterized by heavy distortion, pinch harmonics and whammy bar abuse became very popular.

Adult contemporary, quiet storm, and smooth jazz gained popularity. In late '80s, glam metal became the largest, most commercially successful brand of music in the United States and worldwide.

The 1980s are commonly remembered for an increase in the use of digital recording, associated with the usage of synthesisers, with synth-pop music and other electronic genres featuring non-traditional instruments increasing in popularity. Also during this decade, several major electronic genres were developed, including electro, techno, house, freestyle and Eurodance, rising in prominence during the 1990s and beyond.

Throughout the decade, R&B, hip hop and urban genres were becoming commonplace, particularly in the inner-city areas of large, metropolitan cities; rap was especially successful in the latter part of the decade, with the advent of the golden age of hip hop. These urban genres—particularly rap and hip hop—would continue their rise in popularity through the 1990s and 2000s.

Some of the most successful post-punk bands at the beginning of the decade, such as Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Psychedelic Furs, also continued their success during the 1980s. Members of Bauhaus and Joy Division explored new stylistic territory as Love and Rockets and New Order respectively.

Bob Dylan (BD001ROSA)

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan looks out of the window of the Roxy Hearts Diner in Portland, Oregon whilst on the second leg of his Gospel Tour in January, 1980

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Bob Dylan (BD003ROSA)

Bob Dylan

In the studio in Santa Monica, California in 1980, Bob Dylan is captured whilst leaning on his guitar case.

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Bob Dylan (BD007ROSA)

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan relaxing in the studio in Santa Monica in September 1980

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Bruce Springsteen (BN003LR)

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen captured during The River Tour in 1981 at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam

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The Cure, 1980 by Jill Furmanovsky

The Cure

The Cure on the road in Holland and Belgium during their 1980 'Seventeen Seconds' tour.

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Eurythmics (EU001GM)

Eurythmics

The Eurythmics captured during a photo shoot in Paris, 1986 for the cover art for their album 'Revenge'

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Horace Panter Compilation 2 (COMP002HOPA)

Horace Panter Multi-Cassette Technicolour

Signed limited edition technicoloured cassette art print by Horace Panter featuring 24 different images including The Clash & Sex Pistols

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Madness (MA001JF)

Madness

This shoot of Madness in New York City in February 1980 was for Issue No.1 of a new magazine that developed cult status, The Face.

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Paul Weller (JA015JF)

Paul Weller

Paul Weller photographed for The Face magazine in March 1983, not long after he formed The Style Council with Mick Talbot

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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.

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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

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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.

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Smiths, The (SM002KC)

The Smiths

Early image of The Smiths on a shoot in 1983 on the outskirts of Manchester

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The Specials Ghost Town by artist Horace Panter

The Specials

Signed limited edition fine art cassette print by Horace Panter of The Specials 'Ghost Town'

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AC/DC (ACDC001MPUT)

AC/DC

Angus Young from rock band AC/DC onstage during their 'Back in Black' UK Tour in 1980.

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Bob Dylan (BD002ROSA)

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan hanging out on the streets of Portland, Orgeon prior to performing there as part of his Gospel Tour in January 1980.

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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'

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Cure, The (CURE001MPUT)

The Cure

Robert Smith of The Cure in Brazil in March 1987

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David Bowie (DB001SR)

David Bowie

David Bowie on the video shoot for 'Loving the Alien' at Meantime Studios, London in March 1985

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David Bowie (DB002SR)

David Bowie

On the video shoot for 'Loving the Alien', the opening track from Bowie's 'Tonight' album

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George Michael (GMICH001MAGO)

George Michael

George Michael captured on the video shoot for his single 'I Want Your Sex' released in 1987

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Happy Mondays (HAPPY001KC)

Happy Mondays

Shaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays captured in Yellow 2 Studios, Stockport in 1986

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Morrissey (SM001JF)

Morrissey

Morrissey captured by Jill Furmanovsky at her London studio in December 1983, during the early days of The Smiths

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Pete Townshend (PTOW002MAGO)

Pete Townshend

Pete Townshend walking down a quiet Soho street, London in 1980 whilst on a photo shoot for the Telegraph Sunday magazine

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Iggy Pop (IP005JF)

Iggy Pop

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

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David Bowie (DB004FA)

David Bowie

Taken at Freida Kahlo’s Museum known as the ‘Blue House’, in Mexico City a few days before David Bowie's first ever concert in Mexico, 1997

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Jimi Hendrix (JH002GM)

Jimi Hendrix

Alternative version of Gered Mankowitz's classic shot of Jimi Hendrix smoking taken at his Mason's Yard Studio in London, 1967.

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Clash, The (CL001MOHO)

The Clash

Limited edition of Morgan Howell's original painting of the cover of The Clash '(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais vinyl single

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Pulp (PULP001STDO)

Pulp

Jarvis Cocker mimicking the poster artwork for the film 'Kes' on an NME shoot

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Courtney Love

Courtney Love captured during a London photo shoot for Melody Maker magazine in August 1991.

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