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The La’s founder Mike Badger exhibits rare collection of pop art at Merchant Taylors’

A FOUNDER member of legendary Liverpool band The La’s is to hold a unique exhibition in Crosby.

Mike Badger’s Post Pop Art Show, which opens at The Vitreum, Merchant Taylors’ Girls School, later this month, will feature posters, flyers, album covers and music related collages and drawings from across the 50-year-old musician’s career.

The exhibition will also feature Mike’s archive of rare artwork associated with famous Liverpool punk club Eric’s.

“It all goes back to me being a big music fan,” said Mike.

“I started collecting gig flyers when I was 14 and every time I went into Liverpool I would pick up flyers for Eric’s.

“I think it must be the biggest collection of material associated with the club and these days it reads like something from the rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame.

“You saw names like The Ramones next to Blondie and then Talking Heads and these were gigs I was too young to go and see.

“It was such a fertile time for anyone who was into music.”

After having his musical fire lit by the sounds of punk and new wave, Mike went on to co-found The La’s in 1984 with fellow songwriter Lee Mavers.

After Mike’s departure from the band in 1986, The La’s went on to score a huge worldwide hit with the song There She Goes as well as releasing their 1990 self-titled debut album which is frequently cited by critics as one of the finest British albums ever.

Mike went on to become a successful artist exhibiting his work across the country while continuing to release music and run a record label.

Mike said: “We were very lucky in the early days of The La’s to have a residency at the Pen and Wig pub.

“They had a photocopier which meant we could blitz town with black and white posters.

“It really helped the band create an image and we used to get in trouble after putting them on bins and phone booths.”

The exhibition also features poster artwork from many of Mike’s heroes including Captain Beefheart, Roky Erickson and Bo Diddley.

“I’ve always been a collector,” said Mike.

“Whenever I go to America I peel off old posters off the wall and that’s just as important to me as my own artwork.”

Mike was full of praise for Mick Gill, Merchant Taylors’ Girls School’s Director of Art, who has encouraged local artists to exhibit at the school.

Mick said: “This is the fifth year of the gallery here at the Vitreum.

“The space has given a platform for some of the city’s leading artists, like Mike, to show their output.

“It really complements our curriculum and helps the girls with their work.”

Mike added: “It always nice to work with young people.

“I’m trying to bring something to the table which they might not have otherwise thought about.

“I like to come at things from a different angle.”

Mike Badger’s Post Pop Art Show runs from January 17- March 8. View by appointment by calling 0151 924 3140.

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