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2006/157/11 Banner, Radio Birdman, cotton, motif designed by Deniz Tek, made by Deniz Tek and Rob Younger, used by Radio Birdman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1975-1977. Click to enlarge.

Radio Birdman banner

Made by Younger, Rob in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1975-1977.

This banner has significance as an original piece of stage iconography used by the Australian band Radio Birdman. ‘The band’s visual representations, disseminated initially through the fan club, were a highly effective means of spreading the word about the band outside the normal media channels’ (Vivien Johnson, ‘Radio Birdman’, Sheldon Booth, 1992, p83).

Although they disliked the term, the Australian band Radio Birdman was in the vanguard of what became known as ‘punk rock’, paving the way f...

Summary

Object No.

2006/157/11

Object Statement

Banner, Radio Birdman, cotton, motif designed by Deniz Tek, made by Deniz Tek and Rob Younger, used by Radio Birdman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1975-1977

Physical Description

Banner, Radio Birdman, cotton, motif designed by Deniz Tek, made by Deniz Tek and Rob Younger, used by Radio Birdman, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1975-1977

Hand painted red hospital bedsheet with Radio Birdman symbol applied in black.

Marks

Marked on a corner of the banner, 'Public Hospitals Linen Service'.

Production

Notes

The banner was made by Deniz Tek and Rob Younger in Sydney, New South Wales, during 1975-1977. A medical student at the time, Tek obtained the bedsheet from a hospital and had it dyed red and the symbol applied. Tek and Younger made the earlier Radio Birdman flags and banners from tablecloths. Tek described the creation of the Radio Birdman symbol in Vivien Johnson's book 'Radio Birdman: 'The symbol came through me. I had that symbol before, when I was in TV Jones. I wanted to have a symbol, and I tried to design one, but I couldn't get a good one. Then one day I was thinking about some other problem and I just drew the thing on a piece of paper and I said 'That's it! That's the symbol!' I immediately went out and bought a red tablecloth and spray-painted in on to see how it looked. So that's how the symbol came about -- and when Radio Birdman started I just brought the symbol with me' (quoted in Vivien Johnson, 'Radio Birdman', Sheldon Booth, 1992, page 7).

Made

Younger, Rob 1975-1977

History

Notes

Displayed at performances by Radio Birdman 1975-1977. There were a number of Radio Birdman banners used at various performances. This is an early example. It is not known if this is the same red banner bearing the band's symbol that was displayed at a Radio Birdman gig at Paddington Town Hall, 3 April 1977. After the show a woman tore the banner down and stomped on it, screaming that the band were Nazis (Vivien Johnson, 'Radio Birdman', Sheldon Booth, 1992, p97). The banner was kept by the band until donating it to the Museum.

Used

Radio Birdman 1975-1977

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Vivien Johnson, Deniz Tek and Radio Birdman, 2006

Acquisition Date

22 November 2006

Cite this Object

Harvard

Radio Birdman banner 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 21 January 2019, <https://ma.as/363125>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/363125 |title=Radio Birdman banner |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=21 January 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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