//Lobby card for High School Confidential!, 1958. This is from the opening scene, where Lewis sings the movie’s title track//
Let It Rock was digging in the ruins of past cultures that you cared about. It was giving them another brief moment in the sun. It wasn’t about doing anything new. It was an homage. It was nostalgia.
Malcolm McLaren to Momus, 2002
Forty three years after its creation I can reveal the source of the Jerry Lee Lewis image which appeared on the Let It Rock t-shirt design “The ‘Killer’ Rocks On!”.
It is from a lobby card for Alan Freed’s 1958 rocksploitation flick High Street Confidential!; an original was just one of the pieces of 50s ephemera adorning Let It Rock’s premises at 430 King’s Road in 1972.
//Top left: The same Jerry Lee still from High School Confidential!, just above the green glitter ‘Eddie’ shirt inside Let It Rock, 1972. From a photo by Masayoshi Sukita//
//Still image of Jerry Lee Lewis is cropped and dynamised by tilting//
//The image is isolated and bleached out (McLaren also tinted the upright piano)//
//Repro – with a couple of design omissions – currently for sale online//
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