A large collection of punk rock and rock music buttons dating from the 1960s to the 1990s, from the famous to more obscure. Artists include: The Cramps, PIL, Ramones, Debby Harry, Sex Pistols, The Clash, Dead Kennedys, The Screamers, The Dils, Poison Idea, The Gun Club, Jim Morrison, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Oasis, Joan Jett, T.S.O.L., Human League, U2 and others. A total of 58 buttons, most in the .75" to 1" diameter range, with a few larger buttons up to 3".
The swastika appearing on one button by the Dead Kennedys was not meant to promote Nazism, but is a reference to their song "California Über Alles" which was a polemic against then Governor Jerry Brown and what the band saw as his form of "hippie-fascism". The use of the image by the band was (and remains) offensive to many, and caused problems for the group as it attracted neo-Nazis to their concerts, whom they had to disavow for years to come.
All buttons appear to be vintage and original from their respective periods, and not contemporary reproductions. The George Harrison/Beatles button has a copyright date of 1964 on the edge, The Ramones 1977, although many others are undated. From the collection of a Pacific NW music producer and independent record executive. A fun collection gathered over many years. Item #1371.
Condition: Near Fine to most buttons, some have spots of rusting to the backs and a few have lifting of the coatings around the edges.