Vivid Photos From London’s Punk Past

As Punk hits 40, with the revolution starting back in 1976, we take a look back through some of the most vibrant pictures of the era!


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Blondie at the Roundhouse on 5 March, 1977, their first major headlining UK tour.


Ted Polhemus/PYMCA

King’s Road, some time in the 1970s.


Philip Grey/PYMCA

The Mo-dettes on Denmark Street, 1979.

Philip Grey/PYMCA

Toyah Wilcox in Battersea, 1979.

Chris Parker/PYMCA

Punk girls by the Thames, 1980.


Clare Muller/PYMCA

Punk gig, 1981.


Clare Muller/PYMCA

JoBoxers in a café, 1980s.


Ted Polhemus/PYMCA

King’s Road, 1980s.

Clare Muller/PYMCA

Philip Grey/PYMCA

Viv Albertine of the Slits and Dennis Morris of Basement 5. 1980.



Scala Cinema bar, 1980.

Clare Muller/PYMCA

 Paul Simonon of the Clash, 1981.


Clare Muller/PYMCA

Legendary Soho clubnight promoter Gaz Mayall at a Bodysnatchers gig, 1981.

Clare Muller/PYMCA

Clare Mullar/PYMCA

Ian Dury (top) and the Pogues’ Shane MacGowan, 1982.


Ted Polhemus/PYMCA

King’s Road, 1983.


Ted Polhemus/PYMCA

King’s Road, 1983.

Chris Parker/PYMCA

Matt Belgrano, the punk off the London postcards, with a royal guardsman in 1986.

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