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Digger talks to John Brett at Bamalama Posters. John offers original and vintage music and movie posters in all genres and from the fifties through to the 'noughties'.



Digger: What is your background, can you tell us how Bamalama Posters started and how the company has evolved into what it is today?

John: Bamalama posters has now been a retail business with a gallery in central London for nearly 7 years. The business started from my own interest in music and movie poster art and memorabilia and collecting myself for over 20 years. I have personally been involved in retail for 31 years including shops and market areas and decided to open my own gallery with mainly some of my own collection.

Digger: You offer a large selection of retro and iconic movie and music posters. What are the most popular subjects and genres?

John: The most popular periods in the gallery are the 1960`s and 70`s with the Psychedelic period of the 60`s and Punk from the 70`s. And with the movie side again the classics also dating back to the 40`s and 50`s as well including British/USA cinema and European films.



Digger: Why is retro and nostalgia so popular in so many people's lives?

John: I think people can relate to retro and nostalgia as part of their youth and growing up with the memories and also the fact that people maybe lost their artefacts from days gone by and now look to replace those lost treasures.

Digger: And why are posters so evocative of decades past?

John: Posters can represent particular periods in time that cannot be replaced but the images still remain timeless and bring back so many memories for people.

Digger: What advice would you give to somebody looking to start a collection?

John: I think collecting can be a very healthy interest and hobby and Ii think starting with something you are genuinely interested in, and not as investment as I get asked all the time what will appreciate in value. You may have to do an awful lot of research, so maybe find out some information on your subject first.

Digger: Is it getting more difficult to source these posters?

John: It is getting harder to source these posters especially old concert posters and old British posters from the past.

Digger: What customer feedback and comments do you get about your posters and your service?

John: We are very lucky that we have had a lot of very positive feedback and everyone loves the gallery and the fact that we are doing something different. And as we are a small independent business we do try to give a more personal service and people really appreciate that. I do think we have gained a good reputation.

Digger: What impact has The Internet on your business?

John: I think the internet has definitely affected high st. retail shop sales in general but also it has opened up a new avenue for business and a worldwide customer base that didn't exist before. So it has affected my sales but equally  also sell via The Internet. But yes, the main problem for me is that people buy more online and do not visit the gallery in person.

Digger: What are the best aspects of running Bamalama Posters and what are your personal retro passions?

John: For me personally I really enjoy the retail business and meeting people in the shop and the fact that I get to do something I love. Running my own business with a product that I'm very passionate about and that I can relate to as well.

Digger:  What are your plans for Bamalama Posters in the future?

John: Well hopefully I will keep the gallery open for as long as possible. I have my new website which I hope will attract more people and I hope to put on more shows and exhibitions in the future. As long as the public support small local business, this is the important thing.


Bamalama Posters


Welcome to the Bamalama movie & music online store. We have been established online for over 6 years with a gallery that you can visit in central London Monday to Friday with a much larger selection of music and movie posters including a variety of framed items. We have been trading in posters and memorabilia for over 20 years and have supplied many bars and restaurants in the local area and beyond, one of the most recent being the Pheasantry Pizza Express in the Kings rd which was originally home to many artists and designers in the 1960's.

You can find us located us 55 Leather Lane Hatton Garden London EC1N 7TJ.

You can telephone on 207 404 6512 and email





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