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Over the past few decades a lot of things have changed in the Boston music scene, but one constant is the art of the show poster. While the display of such artwork has shifted from physical locations (like street poles, coffee shops, and record stores) to social media and online forums, the posters and flyers themselves still serve their intended purpose: To inform the masses about shows and parties happening around town.
“It was very much a huge part of the scene back then, just as much as the music,” says Flashpoint creator and organizer Jan Crocker. “This stuff crosses the generational gap, and still serves as a common thread through the music industry. As Peter Dayton of La Peste put it, ‘This was our internet.’ You’d see the poster, then you’d tell someone else, then they’d tell someone. It was the start of the chain of information.”
“It really spans the scope of all of that collage stuff that was going on in the ’80s, before computers, before Photoshop,” Crocker says.
The archive also includes a few cool bonus features, like a narrative written by Human Sexual Response’s Larry Bangor about the how the posters impacted the Boston music scene 30 years ago, and a tribute to artist Magnus Johnstone written by Mark Flynn of the Punkt Data collective.