In the early 1990s John Foy found himself in the eye of the storm enveloping the music industry.
Foy’s independent record label, Red Eye, had done a deal with Polydor, the Australian arm of multinational company Phonogram. A sold-out at show at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion in 1991, headlined by Ratcat and featuring English band Rideand Red Eye bands The Clouds and Falling Joys, had awakened major labels to the commercial potential of the independent music scene. Other Red Eye bands like The Cruel Sea would surf the independent wave into the late 1990s, even after Foy withdrew from industry machinations.
Thirty years later, Foy looks back on those heady days with fondness. But even as he trawled through his archive of posters, ticket stubs and memories for his “Snaps Crack Pop!” visual collection cum autobiography, he’s not dwelling on what he should have done back in the day. Foy has always lived in the moment, for better and for worse.
Artists (from left) Glenn Smith, John Foy, Simon Day and Ben Brown are ready to sign and validate your poster collection.
They’ve literally mapped the history of Sydney underground rock and roll shows on telegraph poles and walls for more than 50 years and now they’re taking a stand against bootleg artworks.
Poster artists Glenn ‘”Glenno” Smith, Ben Brown, John Foy and Simon Day are making themselves available to fans to have their rock posters officially verified in Sydney on Saturday, July 1.
It’s a free service but for an optional extra fee, The Poster Boys will sign and encode your poster confirming its authenticity and value for now, and into the future. It starts at 11am at: 11-13 Burnell Place, Darlinghurst - look for the big red doors.