British label Virgin Records is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Though beginning as an outlet for Krautrock and prog fans, Virgin evolved into a home for late '70s post-punk and later a slew of platinum artists of all stripes, and is marking the occasion with a variety of live events such as panel discussions, performances and an art exhibit. The Guardian reports that Virgin Records: 40 Years of Disruptions. (The Exhibition!) includes memorabilia like apparel and posters alongside video installations and photos, plus a reproduction of the original Virgin Records shop:
The room is a recreation of the original Virgin Records shop on Oxford Street – more hippie squat than the cathedral-like megastores that followed – but very much a place that has a "this is where it all started" feel to it. ... a recreation of a particular moment in 1977 when Virgin was launching the Sex Pistols album Never Mind the Bollocks – so the shop is jam-packed with just one album on show. Customers in 1977 were encouraged to turn the record over on the deck in the corner or "Turn it f*****g over!" as the sign reads.
40 Years of Disruptions is on view October 24-29 at Studio B1, Victoria House in London.

Can't be there? Instead check out some recommended listening, and share your picks in the comments:
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom
Dudu Pukwana & Spear - In the Townships
Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
The Mighty Diamonds - Right Time
Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Magazine - Real Life

The Human League - Dare!
Japan - Tin Drum
Simple Minds - New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Peter Gabriel - So
XTC - Skylarking
Warren Zevon - Sentimental Hygiene
Mary Margaret O'Hara - Miss America 1988
Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi
Soul II Soul - Club Classics, Vol. 1

Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
Janet Jackson - Janet.
Spice Girls Spice
Daft Punk - Homework
The Verve - Urban Hymns

Gorillaz - Gorillaz
N.E.R.D. - In Search Of...
Gang Starr - The Ownerz
Ben Harper and Relentless7 - White Lies for Dark Times

KT Tunstall - Tiger Suit
Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know
Emeli Sandé - Our Version of Events: Live at the Royal Albert Hall
First Generation: Virgin 25 Years