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Tony Moon - Three Chords (Now Form A Band) Letterpress 

1 Colour Letterpress print on 300gsm GMUND cotton

Limited of 250, signed and numbered by the artist

29.7cm x 42cm

In the winter of 1976 England was in the grip of new cultural phenomena. Punk, the original sound of the suburbs was skittering across the UK like a dust covered needle on and old LP. Urban kids sick of the old guard of sixties deities like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin et al were on the march. Punk was not just a musical movement; it was a much wider cultural imperative. It was a new empowering regime that said if you want to do something - then go on you can do it.

This ethos extended to owning your own record label, running your own clothes shop or club… or publishing your own magazine. From a tower block in a grim corner of South East London, musician Mark Perry, also known as Mark P, started the cult fanzine Sniffin’ Glue (taken from the Ramones song ‘Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue’) . It was soon on sale across London at the coolest stores who were at the vanguard of this new movement - Rock On in Camden and Soho market, Compendium Books in Camden and Rough Trade records in Notting Hill. In another corner of South East London, Tony Moon and his mate P.JAC were starting their own fanzine Sideburns. Largely dedicated to their shared twin passions, The Stranglers and proto punks Dr.Feelgood, the very first edition was published in January 1977. On page two editor Tony Moon, desperate to fill a blanka page, picked up a felt tip pen and instinctively drew what has now become one of the most quoted statements from the punk era. He hurriedly dashed off a diagram with three guitar chords and the slogan “Now Form A Band.” Sideburns was a long time ago now, but somehow this singular image survives in peoples imaginations. Its stark simplicity seemed to encapsulate the entire punk ethos and over the years it has been reproduced in books and shown on documentaries. Widely regarded as having derived from the pages of the better known Sniffin’ Glue, only Jon Savage in his book England’s Dreaming gets it right – that it was from Sideburns and was drawn by Tony Moon. Speaking in May 2000 to The Independent in an article about Punk, Mark P said of the three chord diagram “that wasn’t in Sniffin’ Glue. It’s so mythical now, but it never was. I’ve had to put so many people right….I’ve had people tell me that I’m wrong saying ‘course you did it. Don’t you remember?’ I wish I had. It’s a great idea. It was perfect.” 

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