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Book Condition: very good
May-August 1982, issue no. 3. Staple-bound self-wraps, 21.6 by 27.9 cm,  pp. incld. wraps, illus. Very good with light wear at the corners and a faint coffee stain on the back cover. The third issue of Poseur’s second-generation zine focuses on reader letters and drawings, a couple of articles on Pam and Jim’s recent trip to England – including reviews of a Discharge and Exploited shows – the Propa-ganda top twenty (mostly British, with Discharge at number one), and some new products including bondage shirts and trousers, cheesecloths, braces, etc. From the punk fashion shop founded by British designers Pamla Motown and Jim O’Connor in 1978 on Sunset Boulevard. Prior to teaming up with O’Connor and founding their own firm, Motown was working for the London boutique Mr. Freedom which opened in 1969.1 Motown and O’Connor designed clothing for mass-market retailers, private clients like members of the band Roxy Music, and a line of punk T-shirts for Macy’s. Upon moving to Los Angeles, the team founded Poseur on Sunset Blvd. When the shop moved to Melrose Avenue in the early 1980s, it helped put that famous street on the map. Their catalogs featured a variety of punk and new wave buttons, stickers and T-shirts, as well as studded leather wristbands, bondage pants and shirts, a few sweatshirts and ties for the mods, etc. Poseur was probably the first one-stop-mail-order-shop in the United States for punk, new wave and rock attire and accessories. While Pam and Jim were always up front about their business—they were called Poseur after all, and their zine was Propa-ganda—they were one of the few outlets for young American punks looking for Sex Pistols and Black Flag buttons, Fear T-shirts, and Crass and Exploited stickers. And if you wanted a Sid Vicious chain necklace (you could have just gone to the hardware store), they had you covered.