Oh So Pretty: Iconic Art And Design From the Punk Scene

Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-80 is an unrivalled collection of visually striking artwork from Britain’s punk subculture of the 1970s and beyond. It presents 500 artefacts - 'zines,' gig posters, flyers, and badges - from well-known and obscure bands, designers, venues, and related political groups.

Published by Phaidon and written by Rick Poyner the book features the superb collection of original artworks and memorabilia collected by Toby Mott, an artist, designer, collector, and punk historian from London.

While punk was first and foremost a music phenomenon, it reflected a DIY spirit and instantly recognisable aesthetic that was as raw and strident and irrepressible as the music. As disposable as the items in this book once were, together they tell a story about music, history, class, and art, and document a seismic shift in society and visual culture. Included in the book is many of the iconic posters and art of the time and much more. 

It is a matter of personal taste whether you like the music of punk but it's impact both musically and culturally cannot be under estimated and this is is expressed clearly throughout the book and is a visual treat for all.

The book is published by Phaidon and is available to buy here.

A few images from the book to wet your appetite in the meantime.


Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-80

Size: 280 x 215 mm (11 x 8 1/2 in) 
Pages: 512 pp
Illustrations: 550 illustrations
ISBN: 9780714872759