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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.

Adam and the Ants

Adam and the Ants

Adam and the Ants were an English new wave band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. The group existed from 1977 to 1982.

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Afrika Bambaataa

Afrika Bambaataa

Lance Taylor AKA "Kevin Donovan", better known by the stage name Afrika Bambaataa, is an American DJ from the South Bronx, New York.

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Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox

After initial success with the The Tourists, she and David A. Stewart achieved major international success in the 1980s as Eurythmics.

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Bauhaus

Bauhaus

Bauhaus were an English post-punk band, formed in Northampton, England in 1978.

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Beatles, The

The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960 and widely regarded as the most influential acts of the rock era.

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Birthday Party, The

The Birthday Party

The Birthday Party (originally known as The Boys Next Door) were an Australian post-punk band, active from 1978 to 1983.

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Blondie, Debbie Harry in London, 1977 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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Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist & writer. He has been influential in popular music & culture for more than five decades.

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Bob Marley (and the Wailers)

Bob Marley (and the Wailers)

Bob Marley was a Jamaican reggae singer, songwriter, musician, & guitarist who achieved international fame & acclaim.

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen (Nicknamed "The Boss") is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian.

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Chris Isaak

Chris Isaak

Christopher Isaak (born June 26, 1956) is an American rock musician and occasional actor. He is best known for his hit "Wicked Game".

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Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde has one of the most distinctive voices in rock music and is best known as the founder of The Pretenders

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Clash, The

The Clash

The Clash were an English punk rock band that formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British punk.

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Cramps, The

The Cramps

The Cramps were an American punk band, formed in 1976 and active until 2009. The band split after the death of lead singer Lux Interior.

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The Cure, 1980 by Jill Furmanovsky

The Cure

The Cure are an English rock band formed in 1976 & has experienced several line-up changes with Robert Smith being the only constant member.

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David Bowie

David Bowie

David Bowie was a leading figure in popular music for over five decades & regarded by critics & musicians as a true innovator.

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Devo

Devo

Devo is an American rock band, formed in 1973 their music mingles science fiction themes, surrealist humor & satirical social commentary.

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Eurythmics

Eurythmics

Eurythmics, duo Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart, were one of the defining bands of the 1980s with their New Wave synth-pop sound.

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George Michael

George Michael

George Michael was one of the most influential and successful British pop musicians who sadly died on Christmas Day 2016

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Grace Jones

Grace Jones

Grace Jones is a singer, songwriter, lyricist, supermodel & record producer, known for her unique look as much as she is for her music.

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Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band formed in 1985. Their music is a fusion of punk rock, blues rock, heavy metal & hard rock.

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Ian Dury

Ian Dury

Ian Dury was an English rock and roll singer-songwriter, bandleader, artist, and actor who first rose to fame during the late 1970s.

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Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. He was the vocalist of influential proto-punk band The Stooges.

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Jam, The

The Jam

The Jam were an English punk rock/mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were formed in Woking, Surrey.

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James Brown

James Brown

James Brown was the founding father of funk music, a major figure of 20th century music & dance & referred to as the "Godfather of Soul".

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Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck is one of rock’s most respected and dynamic instrumentalists. He is widely regarded as a “guitarist’s guitarist”.

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John Lydon

John Lydon

John Lydon is an English singer, songwriter & musician. He is best known as the lead singer of the late 1970's punk band The Sex Pistols.

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Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr is a renowned musician, songwriter and singer, best known as the guitarist and co-songwriter with The Smiths.

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Joy Division

Joy Division

Joy Division (originally named Warsaw), an English rock band formed in 1976 were one of the pioneers of the post-punk movement.

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Kate Bush

Kate Bush

Catherine Bush is an English singer-songwriter, musician and record producer, known for her eclectic and experimental music.

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Keith Richards

Keith Richards

Keith Richards is an English guitarist, singer, songwriter, solo artist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.

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Kiss

Kiss

Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley.

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Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen wa a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet & novelist. His work explores religion, politics, isolation, sexuality & relationships.

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Madness

Madness

Madness are an English band from Camden Town, London & one of the most prominent bands of the late 70s & early 80s 2 Tone ska revival.

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Madonna

Madonna

Madonna transcended the term 'pop star' into a global icon & is regarded as the most influential female recording artist of all time.

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Mark E. Smith

Mark E. Smith

Mark E Smith was the distictive and uncompromising frontman of the British post-punk band The Fall, regarded by many as a cult icon

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Featured Prints

Amy Winehouse (AMYW001JF)

Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse captured in the corridor of the Union Chapel - "She seemed particularly happy that night and made references to a loved one "

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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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Dizzy Gillespie

Dizzy Gillespie playing in Newport, Rhode Island in 1966

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Pink Floyd (PFLO004ST)

Pink Floyd

Cover art for the live single of Wish You Were Here. 'What you see is what you get - two lost souls, swimming in a fish bowl'

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Blondie, Debbie Harry in New York, 1978 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.

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Pink Floyd (PFLO021ST)

Pink Floyd

Alternative version of the album cover for Division Bell, subtly different from the iconic original

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Featured Artists

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist & writer. He has been influential in popular music & culture for more than five decades.

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Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd are currently getting set for the 'Their Mortal Remains' exhibition at the V&A - Check out our range of images for sale.

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Nirvana

Nirvana

Nirvana were an American rock music band formed by Kurt Cobain & Krist Novoselic, they were considered the 'flagship band' of Generation X.

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Jam, The

The Jam

The Jam were an English punk rock/mod revival band active during the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were formed in Woking, Surrey.

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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix was an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter & arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.

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Beatles, The

The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960 and widely regarded as the most influential acts of the rock era.

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Folk & Country Collection

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Arthur Rosato Bob Dylan Collection

Arthur Rosato Bob Dylan Collection

We are delighted to share our brand new collection of Bob Dylan prints by photographer Arthur Rosato taken in 1980 during the 'Gospel Years'

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Rockarchive Edition 100

Rockarchive Edition 100

Edition 100 was created to give fans & collectors a chance to own classic, historical pictures of their favorite bands.

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Jazz & Blues Collection

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