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Guide to the Richard Bruland Bebop Records Art Posters Collection, 1982-1990
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Biographical Information:
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Arrangement of Materials:
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: Richard Bruland Bebop Records Art Posters Collection
    Dates: 1982-1990
    Identification: URB/BEBOP
    Creator: Bruland, Richard, 1946-
    Physical Description: 17.42 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Urban Archives
    Abstract: In 1982, Richard Bruland opened Bebop Records and Fine Art with René Engel. Bruland and Engel managed the store together until Engel left the business in 1985. Bruland continued to manage the store until it closed in August 1990. During this time the store's focus shifted to a performance and gallery venue. It became known as an alternative performance place for local musicians, poets, and visual artists. Bruland created original poster artwork to announce each evening's show, which were displayed in the store's front window. The Richard Bruland Bebop Records Art Posters Collection consists of 792 original posters created by Bruland, as well as photographs and event calendars. The collection also contains articles and newspaper clippings regarding Bebop Records, and other promotional materials for the store and performances.

    Biographical Information:

    Richard Bruland was born in Lima, Peru in 1946, to Raymond and Mary Bruland. The family moved several times before setting in Geneva, Switzerland, where Bruland attended high school and discovered his passion for art. Bruland furthered his education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and studied painting at the California Institute of the Arts.
    In 1982, Bruland opened Bebop Records and Fine Art with René Engel. They managed the store together until Engel left the business in 1985. Bruland continued to manage the store until it closed in August 1990, during which time the store's focus shifted to become a performance and gallery venue. The store became known as an alternative performance place for local musicians, poets, and visual artists. Bruland created original poster artwork to announce each evening's show. Posters were displayed in Bebop Record's front window.

    Access Terms

    This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Corporate Name:

    Bebop Records
    Sam I Am (Musical group)

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Ephemera
    Paper records
    Publications

    Personal Name:

    Beatle, John
    Bruland, Richard -- Archives
    Fintor, Darn & The Juke Joint Boys
    Forrest, Bob
    Häss, Richie & Beatniks
    McIntire, David
    Rift, Zoogz
    Rollins, Henry, 1961-
    Trubee, John
    Victor Banana
    Watt, Mike

    Topical Term:

    Oral interpretation of poetry
    Performance art
    Popular culture
    Punk rock music -- Posters
    Rock groups -- Posters
    Rock musicians

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Robert G. Marshall, Loren R. Weldon, Anna L. Martinez and Shawn Stamm, 2010

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    [Identification of item], [date], Richard Bruland Bebop Records Art Posters Collection , Special Collections and Archives, Oviatt Library, California State University, Northridge.

    Arrangement of Materials:

    Series I: Art Posters - Richard Bruland, 1982-1990
    Series II: Performers, A-Z, 1984-1990
    Series III: Bebop Records History, 1982-1990
    Series IV: Non-Manuscript Material, 1986-1990

    Scope and Contents

    The Richard Bruland Bebop Records Art Posters Collection consists of 792 original posters created by Bruland, as well as photographs and event calendars. The collection also contains articles and newspaper clippings regarding Bebop Records, and other promotional materials for the store and performances. The collection is arranged in four series: Art Posters - Richard Bruland (1982-1990), Performers, A-Z (1984-1990), Bebop Records History (1984-1990), and Non-Manuscript Material (1986-1990).
    Series I, Art Posters - Richard Bruland, contains 792 posters for the performances held at Bebop Records. A wide variety of artists of varying genres and styles are included, especially songwriters Beck and Lucinda Williams, alternative rock groups Jane’s Addiction and Fishbone, hardcore punk legends Bad Brains, the Minutemen, the Circle Jerks, Exene Cervenka, and Henry Rollins, and rock bands Los Lobos and The Bangles. In addition to its noted musical performers, Bebop Records also hosted the eminent poets and writers Jim Carroll, Kate Braverman, and Wanda Coleman. The posters are arranged chronologically.
    Series II, Performers, A-Z, includes booklets, flyers, invitations, and photographs serving as publicity information for specific performers at Bebop Records. The majority of this series is made up of promotional photographs of the various performers but also includes letters written to Richard and some collections of poetry. The files are arranged alphabetically by name of performer or group.
    Series III, Bebop Records History, contains articles, business documents, calendars of events, correspondence, performance signup sheets, magazines, photographs, and schedules of events. This includes articles from the Los Angeles Times , LA Weekly, and various underground magazines and journals, as well as a rough draft of Bebop's original logo. The files are arranged alphabetically.
    Series IV, Non-Manuscript Material, contains oversize material, and six compact discs which contain scanned images of posters, articles and photographs. Several discs contain performances held at Bebop Records. There are also several calendars listing all of the performers and when they played. One calendar of particular interest was created by the musician Zoogz Rift, who performed numerous times at the store.