Recordplanet presents: Punk in London 1976-79
On April 12 & 13, 2014 the Mega Record and CD Fair will take place at the Jaarbeurs convention centre in Utrecht the Netherlands. The fair will celebrate it’s 41st edition and is internationally renowned for its enormous supply of vinyl, cd’s, pop memorabilia and other music related items. The fair attracts dealers, collectors and visitors from all over the world who are interested in music or looking for golden finds. The record fair will exhibit a unique collection of early Punk material like rare posters and memorabilia from the glory days of Punk in the late seventies of the last century. The do-it-your-self mentality which was characteristic of the punk movement can be spotted in the designs of these posters and flyers: A unique collection of 20th century pop culture.
Punk culture highlighted
Around 1976 a new kind of Pop Culture was born in and around London. There was a depression going on and youth unemployment was high. In those days many young people had enough of guitar or drum solos by renowned musicians from the seventies which lasted for 5 minutes or even longer. Fashion designer Vivian Westwood and Malcolm McClaren opened their first clothing shop in London and attracted many young people. In the shop rock ‘n roll music was played as well as reggae as music by American bands like the New York Dolls or the Heartbreakers. It didn’t take long before McClaren brought the Sex Pistols together and the rest is history. The music of the Pistols went down like a house on fire and within a few months bands like the Clash and Generation X were born. Suddenly it was possible for every band to perform or release singles or albums and they did it all themselves. Because these posters were only made to announce gigs or records many of the posters were lost in the years after. At the Mega Record and CD Fair the finest and most rare examples of these posters will be exhibited with a guest performance by Arturo Bassick (Lurkers, 999).
The Beatles in the Netherlands 1964
The only time the Beatles performed in Holland was on June the 6th 1964, exactly 50 years ago. That day they did two gigs in a small village near Amsterdam called Blokker. Their visit to Holland caused a lot of commotion in the press and media. The Dutch Press Museum (Amsterdam) went through their archives and chose the most interesting articles, photo’s, magazine covers and publications about this one and only Beatles trip to Holland, like a drawing by the famous Dutch cartoonist Eppo Doeve who shared the stage with the Beatles in Blokker. This exhibit can be seen in hall 7 at the fair.
Lakeside stories launches new Singer Songwriter sampler album with many special guests. Lakeside Stories is a singer-songwriter organization which helps talented and less known singer-songwriters on their way to succes. At the fair they will premiere their first vinyl production which features 12 artists who contributed to this project. Many of them will perform live at the fair on both days.
Other Activities at the Mega Record and CD Fair
Apart from the 500 dealers coming from all over the world there are autograph sessions, deejays, live performances, a Popquiz and several CD’s, Vinyl and first day book presentations.
Mega Record & CD Fair Spring 2014
• Saturday April 12 from 9 am till 5 pm, Sunday April 13 from 10 am till 5 pm.
• Jaarbeurs Utrecht, Jaarbeursplein 6, Utrecht, the Netherlands
• Pre-sale by www.recordplanet.nl
• Look for the latest information, pre sale, dealer list and program on www.recordplanet.nl