Promotional posters and album art by some of Manchester’s most iconic musical acts — including The Smiths, Morrissey, Joy Division, New Order, The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays — will go on display, and up for sale, at exhibition called “The Manchester Connection 1976-1992” at a London gallery next month.
The exhibition/sale runs Nov. 12-25 at the Movie Poster Art Gallery in London, and is subtitled “the gig that changed the world; the city that changed the world,” referring to the legendary Sex Pistols concert at Manchester’s Free Trade Hall on June 4, 1978, that reportedly was attended by Morrissey, Mark E. Smith, Peter Hook and Bernard Sumner.
Highlights of the exhibit include:
RARE ORIGINAL POSTERS: The Smiths, New Order, A Certain Ratio, The Stone Roses, The Haçienda, and the rare original poster for Joy Division’s debut album “Unknown Pleasures.”
RARE SLEEVE PROOFS: The Smiths, A Certain Ratio, New Order, and a unique Morrissey hand-annotated sleeve proof for his album Your Arsenal.
RARE ORIGINAL ARTIFACTS: the original FAC51 embosser used at the HAÇIENDA, the original “Gay Traitor” bar menu poster from the HAÇIENDA.
All of the items will be available for sale to the public; a full catalog is available online, too.