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Founder of Bristol Archive Records Mike Darby, and former Vice Squad drummer and now punk writer Shane Baldwin share their stories about the Bristol punk scene in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The discussion will be hosted by writer, lecturer and musician Dr Peter Webb, to reveal and discover histories and stories about Britsols punk past.

Bristol Archive Records is a record label and archival resource for Bristol post punk and reggae from 1977 onwards.

Bristol Archive Records archive provides an incredible historical account and document of all things from the Bristol punk scene including rare photographs of gigs and people from the scene, gig and club night posters, gig listings (including a remarkable comprehensive gig list from Richard Wyatt who attended a huge amount of gigs during the period 1978-1985), punk-oriented record labels and band discographies, gig and release reviews and stories from people active in the scene.

The record label element showcases music from the diverse Bristol punk and reggae scene from 1979 onwards, many of who are still active today.  Many of the artists and releases are rare, unknown or never before released and the material has been lovingly digitally remastered from vinyl, ¼ inch tape, dat or cassette.

“Enjoy and never forget talent from the past, it deserves to be recognised & remembered.”

Bristol Archive Records have also kindly allowed us the use of their archival images for our commission with artist Phoebe Davies and students from UWEBA Graphic Design, which will be installed on a hoarding behind Arnolfini for the duration of Moving Targets.

Shane Baldwin was the drummer in the initial line up of punk band Vice Squad, formed in Bristol in 1978.  Members of the band were involved in setting up the Riot City record label, which became one of the major punk labels of the era.

Today Shane is still very much involved in punk rock scene writing for a variety of publications and wrote the book ‘Last Rockers: The Vice Squad Story’. He is currently in the process of writing a new book about the Bristol punk scene of the late 70’s and early 80’s.