The Punk explosion of the mid 1970s unleashed an unprecedented wave of creative dynamism that found visual manifestation among the sleeve art of the period. Previously, picture sleeve singles had been an expensive marketing tool used sparingly by major labels for their biggest acts. However, as punk's Do-It-Yourself aesthetic gave rise to a deluge of cut'n'paste creativity and designers such as Jamie Reid and Neville Brody charted new territories in the medium, the picture sleeve became an essential aspect of any new single release. In addition to punk heavyweights such as the Sex Pistols, Ramones, The Clash, the Buzzcocks, The Damned and Siouxsie and The Banshees, this book also covers those performers on the fringes of the scene like Blondie, the Talking Heads, Television, Patti Smith and Magazine. Additionally, highly influential groups, such as the Gang of Four, Subway Sect, Public Image Ltd, Pere Ubu, The Cramps, The Undertones and The Fall are also included. Punk On 45 is the first collection of its kind presenting and exploring the deluge of icoclastic creativity that set the graphic agenda for years to come.