Project Description

Celebrating some of the most acclaimed concerts in the history of rock & roll

Taking concert set lists as the starting point, we are creating a series of beautiful limited edition prints by hand on a traditional letterpress—a classic analogue process—by building up colours in layers, with each print subtly different. We aim to release a new edition every 2/3 months.

Read on to find out more about the existing releases, which are available to purchase using the links on this page, and our future plans.

Limited editions available now

Jimi Hendrix at Monterey (1967) limited edition setlist print
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Bruce Springsteen at Passaic (1978) limited edition setlist print
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The Jam at Brighton (1982) limited edition setlist print
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The story so far

We launched the series with one of the most famous performances in the history of rock & roll— The Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Monterey Festival in June 1967. The second print in the collection celebrated an acclaimed concert by Bruce Springsteen on 19 September 1978 at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey. To coincide with our Paul Weller retrospective exhibition, Didn’t We Have a Nice Time, the third print commemorates the end of an era—the final concert by The Jam in Brighton on 11 December 1982.

These limited editions are available to purchase using the links on this page.

In time, we will be releasing limited edition prints featuring Bob Dylan, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Who, The Sex Pistols, Oasis and more.

“Excuse me for a minute, just let me play my guitar, alright?”

More about the limited editions

Each print is made in an edition of 75, and individually numbered.

Dimensions of an unframed print are 40 x 64 cm (15.75 x 25 inches).

The paper is a 270 gsm heavyweight textured paper by G.F Smith from their iconic Colorplan range.

The production process is analogue. The prints are made by hand using a letterpress with movable antique wood type, where the layers of ink are built up one by one on the Colorplan textured paper. As a result, each print is subtly different.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Monterey Festival (1967)

For this first print in the collection we took inspiration from the ticket for the concert, the colours worn by Jimi Hendrix on the day, and Jimi’s inter-song (and sometimes intra-song) conversations with the audience and his bandmates.

The 1967 ticket from the performance at Monterey provided some visual stimulus—overprinted numbers in different colours; a mix of extended and condensed Grot typefaces; vertical and horizontal text; and dividing lines between text sections. Jimi was wearing an outfit strong on reds, yellows and oranges and those colours are all referenced.

The dark blue text went down first and the numbers representing the order of the songs in the set are then overprinted. The numbers change from red to orange as you move across the page from left to right. The final layer—in this case the small quotations—is then added in black. There are some nice points of detail. In the title of the third track, a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’, the ‘o’ in “Rolling” looks like it is actually rolling. That’s not an accident.

Jimi Hendrix at Monterey (1967) limited edition setlist print
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The Bruce Springsteen print is loosely based on the stars and stripes, and has a little bit of a Sister Corita vibe about it as well.

Choosing the paper

We chose the 270gsm Colorplan paper by G.F. Smith for a reason—the heritage of the paper dovetails perfectly with the period we will be covering in this series of limited edition prints.

It is best explained by G.F.Smith—

“Right up until the late 1960s, Britain’s television sets still flickered black and white. Then, in the summer of 1967, the pioneers at BBC2 changed everything when they started to broadcast in colour. Britain’s front rooms were transformed, as were the worlds of fashion, advertising and magazines. Inspired by this explosion of colour in popular culture, G.F. Smith took a pioneering step of its own and began to assemble a paper range of a scope and scale that was —up to that point—simply unheard of. Over the next five years this remarkable range, Colorplan, was carefully, skillfully and methodically assembled. Colorplan remains an iconic and indispensable element of the designer’s craft. In 1972, the revolutionary Colorplan established a new standard. Today it remains without equal.”

Exactly.

Bruce Springsteen at Passaic (1978) limited edition setlist print
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“For the last time, the only band to leave a solid bond in your heart—The Jam!”

In stock and ready to ship

Each edition is printed in its entirety at the outset, and unframed prints are in stock and ready to ship.

Each limited edition print measures 40 x 64 cm / 15.75 x 25 inches.

The edition size is 75 worldwide.

The Jam at Brighton (1982) limited edition setlist print
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Framing

Our preferred style is a white frame with a white window mount, as shown in the picture below.

We always try to have framed examples at the gallery.

If you would like us to organise framing simply purchase an unframed print, let us know you would like framing, and we will give you a quote based on your location.

The Production Process

A selection of photographs showing the production process for the limited edition prints.

What’s next in the series?

Let’s pre-empt the question we always get asked— “What’s next?”

The fourth limited edition setlist print will focus on Bob Dylan’s 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue.

The print is being published at the end of August 2019.

For early-birds who are prepared to take a punt before we release details of the design, the print is available to purchase in advance at a tasty pre-order discount.

A new one will follow every 2/3 months.

What would you like to see?  We are open to suggestions!

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Order any of the existing prints now

Jimi Hendrix at Monterey (1967) limited edition setlist print
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Bruce Springsteen at Passaic (1978) limited edition setlist print
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The Jam at Brighton (1982) limited edition setlist print
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