Virgin Records printed material by Brian Cooke

In 1971, at the invitation of Chris Blackwell, I became Island Records’ in house photographer and with my graphic designer wife Marylin, set up Visualeyes Ltd to work with the label’s iconic 70’s artists such as Roxy Music, Traffic, John Martyn and Mott The Hoople. In the latter half of the 70’s I teamed up with fellow Yorkshire photographer Trevor Key to form Cooke Key Associates and we became Virgin Records’ agency working with their early artists such as Mike Oldfield, Tangerine Dream and The Sex Pistols. During this time we were responsible for the design of the now world famous Virgin logo. We also worked for other record companies, such as Chrysalis, for who I photographed artists including Blondie, Spandau Ballet and Ultravox. In the 80’s and onward Cooke Key disbanded so I continued with a renamed Visualeyes Imaging Services, which became the premier reproduction company to London’s music business, building up a unique archive of pictures.
To see more of my pictures from this period go to www.briancooke.com. To find out more about my history go to www.younevertoldus.co.uk.

Vivian Weathers 01
Vivian Weathers 01

LONDON - 1978: Poster for the Vivian Weathers album Bad Weathers released on Virgin Records The Front Line label in 1978 Photography by Brian Cooke and artwork by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Vivian Weathers 78506 21

LONDON - AUGUST 1978: Virgin Records Front Line label artist Vivian Weathers photographed in London on 10th August 1978. Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Vivian Weathers 78506 23

LONDON - AUGUST 1978: Virgin Records Front Line label artist Vivian Weathers photographed in London on 10th August 1978. Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Vivian Weathers 78506 25

LONDON - AUGUST 1978: Virgin Records Front Line label artist Vivian Weathers photographed in London on 10th August 1978. Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Vivian Weathers 78506 34

LONDON - AUGUST 1978: L-R Virgin Records Front Line label artists Vivian Weathers, producer and guitarist John Varnom and bass player Floyd Lawson photographed in London on 10th August 1978. Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Vivian Weathers Album 01
Vivian Weathers Album 01

LONDON - 1978: Front cover for Vivian Weathers album Bad Weathers released in 1978 on Virgin Records Front Line Label Photographs and composite by Brian Cooke Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Virgin Catalogue 01
Virgin Catalogue 01

LONDON - 1978: Catalouge for Virgin Records published in 1978 Photography and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Virgin Catalogue 02
Virgin Catalogue 02

LONDON - 1979: Catalouge for Virgin Records published in 1979 featuring the new Virgin scrawl logo Design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Virgin Records Christmas Card 01
Virgin Records Christmas Card 01

LONDON - 1978; Christmas card for Virgin Records circa 1978 Concept and copy by John Varnom design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Virgin Records Christmas Card 02
Virgin Records Christmas Card 02

LONDON - 1979: Christmas card for Virgin Records pretending to contain a £20 note circa 1979 Concept by John Varnom with design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Virgin Records Christmas Card 1A
Virgin Records Christmas Card 1A

LONDON - 1978; Christmas card for Virgin Records circa 1978 Concept and copy by John Varnom design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Virgin Retail 01
Virgin Retail 01

LONDON - SEPTEMBER 1977; Full page advertisement in Melody Maker published September 10 1977 for Virgin Records and Tapes Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

U-Roy 01
U-Roy 01

LONDON - 1975: Poster for the U-Roy album Dread In A Babylon released in 1975 by Virgin Records Design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

U-Roy 02
U-Roy 02

LONDON - 1976: Poster for the U-Roy album Natty Rebel released in 1976 by Virgin Records Design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

U-Roy 07
U-Roy 07

LONDON - 1976: Full page advertisment for Virgin Records Front Line label artist U-Roy for his Natty Rebel album Photography by Dennis Morris and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Motors 01
The Motors 01

LONDON - FEBRUARY 1977 Poster featuring Idi Amin for the first album by The Motors of the same name released by Virgin Records in February 1977 Design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Motors 02
The Motors 02

LONDON - FEBRUARY 1977 Poster featuring Jayne Mansfield for the first album by The Motors of the same name released by Virgin Records in February 1977 Design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Motors 03
The Motors 03

LONDON - FEBRUARY 1977 Poster featuring Adolf Hitler for the first album by The Motors of the same name released by Virgin Records in February 1977 Design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Mekons 01
The Mekons 01

LONDON - 1979 Poster for the Mekons album The Quality Of Mercy Is Not Strnen released by Virgin Records in 1979 Phoography and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Manor 01
The Manor 01

LONDON - 1978: Promotional material circa 1978 for The Manor Recording Studios owned by Virgin Records Photography by Brian Cooke Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Gladiators 01
The Gladiators 01

LONDON - 1978: Poster for The Gladiators album Proverbial Reggae produced in 1978 Photography and desin by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Gladiators 01
The Gladiators 01

LONDON - 1976: Poster for Virgin Records The Front Line label artists The Gladiators for their Trenchtown Mix Up album Photography & design by Cooke Key Associates Poto by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Gladiators 03
The Gladiators 03

LONDON - 1978: Newspaper advertisement for the Virgin Records The Front Line label artists The Gladiators for their album Proverbial Reggae Produced in 1978 by Cooke Key Associates Band photography by Dennis Morris and background by Cooke Key Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line 11
The Front Line 11

LONDON - 1976: Poster for Virgin Records The Front Line label Photography & design by Cooke Key Associates Poto by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line 14
The Front Line 14

LONDON - 1976: Poster for Virgin Records The Front Line label Photography & design by Cooke Key Associates Poto by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line 15
The Front Line 15

LONDON - 1976: Poster for Virgin Records The Front Line label Photography & design by Cooke Key Associates Poto by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line 16
The Front Line 16

LONDON - 1976: Poster for Virgin Records The Front Line label Photography & design by Cooke Key Associates Poto by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line 22
The Front Line 22

LONDON - 1976: Full page advertisement on 14th August 1976 in the New Musical Express for Virgin Records The Front Line sampler album Photography and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line 23
The Front Line 23

LONDON - 1978: Full page advertisement for Virgin Records The Front Line artists Photography and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line 25
The Front Line 25

LONDON - 1976: Full page advertisement for Virgin Records The Front Line sampler album Photography and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line Album A1
The Front Line Album A1

LONDON - 1976: Front cover for the Virgin Record s sampler album The Front Line released in 1976 Concept by John Varnom, photography by Brian Cooke and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line 05
The Front Line 05

LONDON - 1976: Original black & white photograph for the logo for the Virgin Records Label The Front Line Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line 09
The Front Line 09

LONDON - 1976: Original colour photograph for the logo for the Virgin Records Label The Front Line Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line 10
The Front Line 10

LONDON - 1976: Poster for Virgin Records The Front Line label Photography & design by Cooke Key Associates Poto by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line 01
The Front Line 01

LONDON - JUNE 1978: Full page advertisement in Black Echoes published June 3 1978 for various albums on Virgin Records The Front Line label Design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line 02
The Front Line 02

LONDON -1978: Poster for various albums on Virgin Records The Front Line label produced in 1978 Photography and artwork by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns zzz Virgin Records;The Front Line;I-Roy;The Gladiators;Twinkle Brothers;Tapper Zukie;U-Brown;Prince Hammer;Jah Lloyd The Black Lion;Vivian Weathers;Wallace Williams;Sly Dunbar;Ice Breakers;Mighty Diamonds;Prince Far I;Big Y

The Front Line 03
The Front Line 03

LONDON - 1978: Poster for Virgin Records The Front Line label Photography and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line 04
The Front Line 04

LONDON -1978: Full page advertisement in Black Echoes published May 6 1978 for various albums on Virgin Records The Front Line label Potography and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns zzz Virgn Records;The Front Line;The Gladiators;I-Roy;The Diamonds;Tapper Zukie;reggae;Cooke Key Associates **

The Front Line 05
The Front Line 05

LONDON - 1978: Promotional t-shirt for the Virgn Records label The Front Line Photography and design Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

The Front Line 06
The Front Line 06

LONDON - 1978: Promotional tea towel for the Virgin Records label The Front Line Photography and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Tapper Zukie 01
Tapper Zukie 01

LONDON - 1979: Poster for the Tapper Roots album by Virgin Records The Front Line label artist Tapper Zukie produced in 1979 Photography by Brian Cooke design Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Tangerine Dream 01
Tangerine Dream 01

LONDON - OCTOBER 1976 Poster for the Tangerine Dream album Stratosfear released by Virgin Records in October 1976 Photography and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Tangerine Dream 02
Tangerine Dream 02

LONDON - FEBRUARY 1979 Poster for the Tangerine Dream album Force Majeure released by Virgin Records in February 1979 Photography and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Skids 01
Skids 01

LONDON - OCOBER 1978: Poster for the Skids album Wide Open released by Virgin Records in October 1978 Design and photography by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Penetration 01
Penetration 01

LONDON - OCTOBER 1978: Poster for the Penetration album Moving Targets released by Virgin Records in October 1978 Design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Kevin Coyne 02
Kevin Coyne 02

LONDON - 1979: Poster for the Kevin Coyne album Millionaires and Teddy Bears released by Virgin Records in 1979 Design and photography by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Kevin Coyne 03
Kevin Coyne 03

LONDON - 1976: Poster for the Kevin Coyne album In Living Black And White released by Virgin Reords in 1976 Design and photography by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Kevin Coyne 01
Kevin Coyne 01

LONDON - 1976: Poster for the Kevin Coyne album Heartburn released by Virgin Records in 1976 Photography and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Japan 01
Japan 01

LONDON - 1980 Poster for Japan circa 1980 Photography and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Gong 01
Gong 01

LONDON - 1977 Poster for the Gong album Gong Live released by Virgin Records in 1977 Photography and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

David Bedford 01
David Bedford 01

LONDON - 1977 Poster for the David Bedford album Instructions For Angels released by Virgin Records in 1977 Photography and design by Brian Cooke for Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Ashra 01
Ashra 01

LONDON - 1979: Poster for the Ashra album Correlations released by Virgin Records in 1979 Photography by Brian Cooke and design by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Sparks 03
Sparks 03

LONDON - 1979 Poster for the Sparks Single Tryouts For The Human Race released by Virgin Records in 1979 Design and photography by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Sparks 79327F 11

LONDON - JUNE 1979: L_R Russell Mael & Ron Mael of Sparks posed in a Covent Garden photo studio on 4th June 1979 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

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Sparks 79327 01C

LONDON - JUNE 1979: L_R Russell Mael & Ron Mael of Sparks posed in a Covent Garden photo studio on 4th June 1979 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Sparks 1
Sparks 1

LONDON - JUNE 1979: L-R Russell Mael, Ron Mael, Sparks posed studio session shot in Covent Garden, London on June 4 1979 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Sparks 2
Sparks 2

LONDON - JUNE 1979: Ron Mael of Sparks posed studio session shot in Covent Garden, London on June 4 1979 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Sparks 3
Sparks 3

LONDON - JUNE 1979: Russell Mael of Sparks posed studio session shot in Covent Garden, London on June 4 1979 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Sparks 4
Sparks 4

LONDON - JUNE 1979: L-R Russell Mael, Ron Mael, Sparks posed studio session shot in Covent Garden, London on June 4 1979 Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Sparks 01
Sparks 01

LONDON - FEBRUARY 1979 Poster for the single The Number One Song In Heaven by Sparks released by Virgin Records in February 1979 Design and photography by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns

Sparks 02
Sparks 02

LONDON - 1980 Poster for the Sparks album Terminal Jive released by Virgin Records in 1980 Design and photography by Cooke Key Associates Photo by Brian Cooke Redferns