Jamie Reid was born in 1947 in London England. Reid is an activist, artist. His artwork for the group the Sex Pistols came to define and symbolize the English punk rock scene of the late 1970s (Never mind the Bullocks, here’s the Sex Pistols). Reid developed his style of cutting up graphics and other elements, collaging them together for an artistic look of ransom notes. Over the years he has continued to work as an artist, his work is based on political leanings, protesting nuclear weapons, racism and fairer criminal justice systems. He also worked with the world music group Afro Celt Sound System.
Reid is best known for the Sex Pistols album cover, political posters and movements. He also co-wrote lyrics of one of the groups popular songs “Anarchy in the U.K.” He produced cover art for the song, which consisted of a torn Union Jack Flag with safety pins clipped to it.
“Punk was part of a story that had been going on
for the whole of the century, if not longer.”