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The Busy Beaver Button Museum is pleased to host a special exhibit, Image As Virus: Better Badges In The Punk Era, an exhibition of historical punk badges (a.k.a. “buttons”) produced from 1976-1983.

The exhibit debuted in New York in December 2016 and focuses on Better Badges, a small but culturally influential merchandise company founded by Joly MacFie in West London. Better Badges created the very first punk button in 1976 and went on to produce an estimated 40 million buttons over the next six years until its demise in 1982.

Featuring the private 10,000+ button collection of Kevin Pedersen, head of Brooklyn-based “What's Your Rupture?” record label and initiator of the “PunkBadges” Instagram site.

Come see rare and original merchandise by key punk bands and independent record labels such as Buzzcocks, Ramones, The Clash, Sex Pistols, Blondie, Joy Division, Crass, The Modern Lovers, Patti Smith, Suicide, Stiff Records, FAST Product, The Raincoats, and Motorhead.

About Better Badges:

Joly MacFie and his Better Badges company helped fuel the rise in fan-based promotions popularized by independent record labels. These well-known and highly collectible badges were instrumental in the meteoric ascension of punk music around the world. MacFie believes anyone can afford to collect and wear badges, and that fans, rather than record labels or music industry executives, should dictate music trends.