Author(s): Toby Mott Collection
Beginning in 1972 and spanning right up to the present day, Showboat provides a chronological survey of the relationship between punk and sex as seen through original posters, flyers, record covers, and ephemera drawn from the editor’s punk archive, The Mott Collection. Alongside this material are written contributions from musicians, artists, writers, designers, activists, sex workers, and filmmakers whose work is wedded to the punk movement. Contributions come in the form of anecdotes, lyrics, manifestos, personal essays, and historical overviews from which impassioned, engaging, and often contentious positions on punk and sex emerge. Contributors include Julie Burchill (writer), Paul Cook (Sex Pistols), Bob Gruen (photographer), Vivien Goldman (writer), Eve Libertine (Crass), Bruce LaBruce (filmmaker, writer, photographer), Richard Prince (artist), Will Self (writer), Annie Sprinkle (artist), Scott Treleaven (artist), and Nick Zedd (filmmaker), among many others. It is the energy of punk sex and sexuality – at once crude, brutal, playful, expressive, and political – that Showboat captures through its candid lens. Through the many voices of its contributors and the strength of its visual material, Showboat offers a unique and honest insight into a largely unexplored subject.