Punk No. 1 Exhibition Newcastle Central Library 3 – 31 May 2022. Private viewing 7 May 2022

jim 0Jimmy Burns is not only a massive punk hoarder and collector, he is also a real gent. We first touched base some time ago when Jimmy contacted me through the blog and shared some images of posters which he had, of punk concerts I had been to in the past. Jimmy then kindly let me use these images on my blog. Since then we have kept in touch and I was delighted when he told me that part of his massive punk memorabilia collection was to be displayed in Newcastle Central library.
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Jimmy kindly offered to meet me at the library and give me a private personal tour of his exhibition, which is by the way, excellent and well worth visiting. He met me and my carer Jan at the entrance to the library and we went upstairs in the lift to the space where his collection is currently on show. What he revealed to me was a treasure trove of memorabilia which takes the visitor through the history of punk, particularly in the north-east. This includes very rare posters of punk bands including Sex Pistols posters from early gigs, including their legendary show at Huddersfield on Christmas Day 1977, which was to be their last UK concert (before the later reunions). There is also a massive collection of badges, tickets, vinyl and original, very rare, punk clothing such as a Destroy T-shirt from the original Kings Road shop of Malcolm McLaren and Vivian Westwood.
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To say that Jimmy has assembled a unique collection of punk items which not only covers the north-east but is of national importance, is an understatement. I very much doubt anyone else has such a collection. And indeed, only part of his collection is currently on display in the library. Jimmy has put this together largely through personal connections he has made over the years.

We were soon chatting about punk concerts that we had both been to “back in the day” and shared some great memories of mad evenings in Newcastle Mayfair and Newcastle University. We both had particularly strong memories of quite crazy, violent gigs such as The Specials at jim 9Newcastle Mayfair. Happy days.

Jan and I were both knocked out by the exhibition and by Jimmy’s passion for anything to do with vintage punk rock. Thank you so much Jimmy for spending time with us, talking us through the exhibition and sharing happy memories with me. I really appreciate it and look forward to chatting with you more in the future. Good luck with the exhibition. I’m sure that many people will go to see it and that it will be well received. If you are interested in punk rock then I would urge you to go along and visit the exhibition while it is cjim 5urrently on display in Newcastle Central library.

A great afternoon spent in great company discussing some of the best music to emerge in the late 70s and early 80s and some of the best concerts to ever take place in the north-east around that time.

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jimmy Burns on May 9, 2022 at 11:08 pm

    Hi Peter,
    Thank you for your lovely comments and great review you gave my exhibition. It was a pleasure to show you and Jan a small part of my collection. Hopefully in the not too distant future I will be able to invite you back to an even bigger and better display. Many thanks Jimmy (aka Punk Hoarder)


    • Posted by vintagerock on May 10, 2022 at 11:35 am

      You are very welcome Jimmy. You are a true gent and your exhibition and collection are incredible! Best wishes Peter


  2. Posted by DAVID WHITLEY on May 10, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Absolutely the best memorabilia exhibition I have ever been to. My background is heavily in music, and I’ve been to many exhibitions and shows. This tops the lot ! Great guy, real good tour around, with history and nostalgia everywhere.
    You’ve got to visit.
    Cheers Jimmy.


    • Posted by vintagerock on May 11, 2022 at 11:58 am

      Hi David I couldn’t agree more. The exhibition took me back to my youth. Jimmy is a lovely guy. Happy days Peter


  3. Posted by john edward mermis on May 11, 2022 at 8:37 am

    wish i could see it in person…looks amazing and great little article….i could never hope to amass such a collection living in the states, but that won’t stop my stubborn self from trying…all the best jimmy may all the wonderful artifacts continue to fall into your hands…


    • Posted by vintagerock on May 11, 2022 at 11:52 am

      Hi John yes it is a great exhibition and Jimmy is to be applauded for his collecting skills! And his devotion to punk. Happy days Peter


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