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Celebrating classic concert performances2019-04-30T21:53:56+00:00

Project Description

Announcing the first in a series of limited edition prints 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 range of exquisite limited edition prints chock-full of visual clues and references.

We are using a classic analogue process–creating beautiful prints by hand on a traditional letterpress, allowing us build up colours in layers, with each print subtlety different.

Sounds interesting?

Here’s more…

“Yeah baby. Dig that one.”

Jimi on fire 

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

We launch 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.

It is incendiary. Quite literally.

Over the course of a nine song set, Jimi Hendrix, backed by Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell, blew the audience away and ended by setting light to his guitar. 

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

More about the prints

The Jimi Hendrix at Monterey print is made in an edition of 75, each individually numbered. The paper is a 270 gsm heavyweight textured paper in citrine (a vibrant yellow) by G.F Smith from their iconic Colorplan range.

Dimensions are 40 x 64 cm (15.75 x 25 inches) unframed size.

The production process is analogue—with prints made by hand.

This means that each print is subtlety different.

The prints are made using a letterpress with movable antique wood type, where the layers of ink are built up one by one. The dark blue text goes down first onto the citrine Colorplan textured paper. 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.

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The design of the limited edition

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 band-mates.

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.

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“My fingers will move — as you see.”

Choosing the paper

We chose the 270 gsm citrine 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 BBC 2 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, skilfully and methodically assembled. Colorplan remains an iconic and indispensable element of the designers craft. In 1972, the revolutionary Colorplan established a new standard. Today it remains without equal.”

Exactly.

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In stock and ready to ship

The whole edition is printed 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.

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“Scuse us for one second we’d like to tune up…because we care, alright? ”

Framing

We have framed examples at the gallery.

We selected a beautiful natural wood frame as our standard frame for the series, and are trying out some amazing mount colours.

Alongside is photograph of a framed example in a blue mount. Orange looks good too.

If you would like us to organise framing simply purchase an unframed print online or by calling us at the gallery, and we will give you a quote for framing / delivery based on your location.

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

What’s next in the series?

Jimi Hendrix is first—but let’s pre-empt the question we always get asked— “What’s next?”

Next up is a beautiful Bruce Springsteen limited edition, celebrating a key concert from the 1978 tour, due for release on 30 April 2019. If you like the sound of this and want to order, you can do so via the link below.

Then, because we are hosting a huge Paul Weller retrospective exhibition at the gallery starting on 25 May 2019, we will be launching a limited edition print celebrating The Jam’s final concert in Brighton on 11 December 1982 during that exhibition.

A new one will follow every couple of months.

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

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