Jamie Reid

Jamie Reid is an English artist born 1974

Jamies work is very rough, bold and in your face. His style is inspired by collages and illustration. He uses very bold and bright colours that contrast well.

The sex pistols were a punk rock band formed in London 1975 Reid began work for them in 1976. The heavywork load and city living eventually pushed Reid out of Suburban Press and away from London, in general. Then, in 1976, he received a telegram from his college friend, Malcolm McLaren, who wanted to gauge Reid’s interest in coming back to London.

Reid’s return to the city brought him back in touch with McLaren and a new band that McLaren had recently formed and started managing, the Sex Pistols. Fronted by lead singer Johnny Rotten, the angry, brash young group soon became the face of English punk rock. At least part of that was due to Reid.

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Working closely with the Pistols, Reid designed artwork for the group’s debut (and only) studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. He also co-wrote the lyrics of one of the group’s most popular songs, “Anarchy in the U.K.,” and produced cover art for the song, a torn and tattered Union Jack flag with safety pins clipped to it. That and other Reid-made Pistols art, including a picture of the Queen with a safety pin through her lip, became defining symbols of the punk rock era, and the Sex Pistols in particular.

 

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