Concert poster collector and Nirvana specialist Scott Mussell is searching for posters, flyers and handbills from the Seattle, WA concert venue Vogue. The venue utilized the ground floor of an early 1900s hotel and played host to just about every major grunge and 90s act including some of the areas earliest shows by the likes of Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Nirvana. “This place had a major reputation and that history extends to concert ephemera” Mussell says adding “Besides the great bands this venue had oodles of local legend- SubPop poet Jesse Bernstein had a hide out upstairs and Nirvana’s first advertised concert in Seattle was at this venue.” The clubs location, mere blocks from SubPop headquarters, made it ideal for featuring the areas up and coming acts as was the case in April of 1988 when Nirvana preformed as part of “SubPop Sunday” not long after agreeing to sign with the label. The band retuned for gigs in May, July and August of ’88 and made three more appearances in 1989 in April, June and September. Mussell is seeking posters, flyers handbills and calendars produced prior to the shows. “I’m very big on provenance with what I collect and will pay top dollar for single owner material/hoards collected during the era” Mussell says. If you collected material from the Vogue contact Mussell anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 515.707.7250.
“I don’t know who designed any of these flyers, there’s a lot of variation in the content and styles across what I’ve seen from the Vogue. I imagine there was someone/s responsible for designing material at the venue and that bands produced some overlap. Whatever the case, I’m really drawn to the starker designs from ’88-‘90. One image, bold text, no address- they’re mysterious and I think they’re kind of brilliant- they capture the best aspects of DIY.” Mussell said adding “I think this stuff is really important and I’ll put my money where my mouth is for single owner material with solid history. Anyone with handbills, flyers and posters from the Vogue can reach Mussell anytime at 515.707.7250 or email at email@example.com.
In addition to Nirvana material Mussell is seeking single owner archives from this venue- “The documentation of this clubs history in my experience is highly scattered, there’s bits and pieces all over the place but the material culture deserves proper archival treatment- I come from a family of collectors/archivist and I love this era of music history so it was natural for me to focus in on preserving this stuff” Mussell states. Anyone with handbills, flyers and posters from the Vogue can reach Mussell anytime at 515.707.7250 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.