The Kate Bush Club




Here you will find a huge selection of club mail outs, leaflets, magazines, cards, photographs, autographs, badges and lots of other random things from the Kate Bush Club. Even though I probably won't add every last thing I have, I will have a broad range of different items added here for everyone to see. I've also moved online purchases from Kate's official website to this blog page, and you can find all website orders at the bottom of this page following all club items.

I currently have everything categorized into several different sections. The heading for each different section will have red 3-D capital lettering.

When it comes to club magazines/mail outs/leaflets or other, I have blocked out the names, addresses and emails of those people that appear in the 'Swaps' and 'Pen Pal' sections. Regardless of whether or not these people still live at the addresses listed, it's still the internet and I want to be respectful of other people's privacy.

Enjoy!





MEMBERSHIP CARD 1978 (UNUSED)


Original unused Kate Bush Club membership card from 1978. The card is a sort of yellow/red two tone colour, with a Lionheart inspired drawing on the front and a photo of Kate on the back (Lionheart era). The inside of the card has a place for your name, age, address and signature. Below is a spot for the membership number, which would have been typed in. All membership numbers began with the letter ‘K’. This particular one doesn't have a membership number on it, so it's therefore unused.


On the opposite side is a spot for a photograph of yourself. The card also measures 3” x 4” closed, and extends to 4” x 6” when it's open, so it's actually quite smallish. The exterior of the card has a sort of shiny/glossy finish to it, and the inside is a flat/matte paper. These would have been issued to people at the time of joining the club.




MEMBERSHIP CARD 1980s (MINE)


My membership card from the KBC during the ‘80s, which I genuinely forgot I even had until I unearthed it again. 


The exterior of the card differs quite considerably to the 1978 version. It became a plain white card with a large b/w “KT” logo on the front. The exterior back of the card was used for KT logo stamps (in some cases hand drawn) followed by a written date for club renewals.


The inside of the card is almost the same as the original card layout, but with some slight changes. There’s also a place for your name, age, address, signature and photo… along with your club number at the bottom – which was typed in. I sort of coloured everything out, along with my club number because… well, I’m not that dumb.

This card has the same dimensions as the original card, measuring 3” x 4” closed and 4” x 6” when it’s fully extended open. Both the exterior and interior of the card have a sort of shiny/glossy finish to it. 





CLUB MAGAZINE #1

This was nothing more than a folded sheet of paper.



CLUB MAGAZINE #2

(The early ones were very primitive, but they got better through the years)



CLUB MAGAZINE #3



CLUB MAGAZINE #4

(Christmas Newsletter)



CLUB MAGAZINE #5

(This one comes with a separate, loose insert. I didn't see the point with scanning it in since it's only 'Swaps' and 'Pen Pals'. I would have blocked all the names out anyway).



CLUB MAGAZINE #6



CLUB MAGAZINE #7

(Nice early issue on the making of Never For Ever).



CLUB MAGAZINE #8

(This one comes with a separate, loose insert. I didn't see the point with scanning it in since it's only 'Swaps' and 'Pen Pals'. I would have blocked all the names out anyway).



CLUB MAGAZINE #9

(This issue has one very interesting mention. On the last page, under the heading “NEW PUBLICATIONS”, there’s a small article with regards to Kate writing her autobiography at that time, which would eventually have the title, “Leaving My Tracks”. I believe this article was the only official acknowledgement regarding it… or one of the very few. At some point Kate pulled the plug on it and shelved the book project indefinitely, and “Leaving My Tracks” never got published. This is just another sad reminder of what could have been. If you dig around on the internet, you might just come across a photo or two of the original publicity dust jacket that was intended for the book. I have no intentions of posting any of those photos here, but you should be able to find it somewhere out there.

This issue also comes with a separate, loose insert with the Pen Pals and Swaps sections on them. I didn't see the point with including this page as I would have blocked out all the names and addresses anyway.)



CLUB MAGAZINE #10

(This one comes with a separate, loose insert. I didn't see the point with scanning it in since it's only 'Swaps' and 'Pen Pals'. I would have blocked all the names out anyway).



CLUB MAGAZINE #11

This one comes with two double-sided loose pages. One side features a crossword page with pen pals on the back, and the other page features a "spot the difference" puzzle with swaps on the back. I've only copied the crossword and spot the difference sides only. They can be found at the end of this magazine issue.



CLUB MAGAZINE #12

This issue comes with a loose insert, which features the 'Swaps' on one side and the 'Pen Pals' on the other side. I didn't bother to scan in this page as I would have blocked all the names out anyway.



CLUB MAGAZINE #13



CLUB MAGAZINE #14

This issue comes with a separate, double-sided loose insert. The inner portion of the insert features a "Sat In Your Lap" game, and the outer side list the 'Swaps' and 'Pen Pal' sections. I only bothered to do the game side, which can be found at the end of this issue.



CLUB MAGAZINE #15



CLUB MAGAZINE #16

This one also comes with a separate, double-sided loose insert. One side is the "Swaps" section and the other side is a crossword. I only did the crossword side as I would have blocked out all the names on the Swaps side anyway. It can be found at the end of this issue.



CLUB MAGAZINE #17



CLUB MAGAZINE #18



CLUB MAGAZINE #19



CLUB MAGAZINE #20



CLUB MAGAZINE #21

(This issue came with a fold-out poster, which I still have and included here as well)



CLUB MAGAZINE #22

(This issue originally included a fold-out poster, which I no longer have)



CLUB MAGAZINE #23



CLUB MAGAZINE #24 (Final Issue ever produced).

Quick note about this one: Despite rumours and wonderings from fans all over the net, this IS the last official club magazine ever put out by the KBC. There was never one created for Aerial, and to my recollection, there was never any talk or intention of one being done for it either.

This issue also comes with a double-sided folded insert. One side features a full colour wall calendar, and the other side features the 'Pen Pals' and 'Swaps' sections. I've scanned in the calendar side only. You will find it at the end of the magazine issue.

This is probably one of my favourite magazines. Enjoy!





Kate Bush Club Christmas Card from 1980. The card measures 8” x 8” closed and 8” x 16” open, so it’s a fair size. The graphic design on the front of the card carries over onto the back, but only the horizontal lines. The inside features a facsimile message from Kate. The bottom back of the card says "Illustrated and Printed by Paul Maxwell Ltd", which is the same Paul Maxwell that was Kate’s Artwork Co-ordinator at that time.



1988 club card featuring stunning work by Debi Bowes, who contributed a lot of artwork to the club over the years. The card measures almost 6” x 8¼“ closed and almost 12” x 8¼” when fully opened. The card has a glossy/laminated feel to it, both inside and out.






This 8 page newsletter was mailed out in 1989. It features some random updates, artwork, poll results and a whole lot of Pen Pals and Swaps.



This leaflet was mailed out in 1990. It has information on This Woman's Work box set; a message from Kate and lots of other things.



This leaflet was mailed out in 1991. It has information on Kate's new single at the time "Rocket Man", as well as lots of other things.


                       
Mail out from the Kate Bush Club from December 1992. The front features a facsimile handwritten message from Kate, and the back features a brief message about the next album.



This leaflet was mailed out in 1993. It has information on The Red Shoes album release and lots of other things.






Original club mail-out/welcome letter to the club for new members. The most interesting thing about this one is probably the early version of the Lionheart logo which was used on early club stationary and the original membership card. It also features the Brighton address along the bottom.


This mail out is the letter members received back in the early days of the club when they joined it, and they would also receive their membership card and autographed photo around the same time.



Very simple club update by Kate, letting club members know about her London Symphony Orchestra appearance on November 18, 1979.



Information leaflet sent out by Lisa Bradley at the Kate Bush Club back in 1994 regarding Rubberband Girl single, The Red Shoes album and the short film, which eventually became known as 'The Line, The Cross & the Curve'.



Mail out from the Kate Bush Club from 1994 with some additional information regarding releases from 'The Red Shoes' etc.



Original order form for ordering The Red Shoes club magazine from the KBC. I made a cheap photocopy of it at the time and sent that in instead as I wanted to keep the one they sent me. Not too neurotic. LOL!



Mail out #4 from April 1994 (Single-sided page only)



Mail out #6 from August 1994 (Single-sided page only)



Mail out #8 from November 1994 (Single-sided page only)



Mail out #11 from December 1995



Mail out #12 from February 1996



Mail out #16 from January 1997



Mail out #17 from May 1997



Mail out #18a from October 1997



Mail out #19 from August 1998



Mail out #20 from July 2000



Mail out #20a from September 2000



Mail out #21 from December 2001


Old envelope for newsletter #21 that I still have. The back of the envelope has been stamped with the club address on it.



Mail out #22 from December 2004 - letting everyone know that the new album would be out sometime next year.






The Sensual World (1989)

Simple announcement reminding members of the album's release, as well as club magazine announcement and media magazine interviews.



The Sensual World T-Shirt Advert (1989)

An original order form from the Kate Bush Club to order the Sensual World t-shirt and a last chance offer to order the Cathy book.




I can't really recall when this one went out, but it's basically a photocopied notice sent out to anyone that was enquiring about back issues for club magazines.



I can't even tell you when I got this short letter from Lisa Bradley at the KBC. I'm guessing late 80s. I was always writing her letters and asking what I consider to be stupid questions, but she always responded. Thank you, Lisa : ) Here is just one of them, and probably the only real letter I'm adding, as the rest are really none of anyone's business : p But anyway, I was trying to find out if the video clips from The Wedding List in Kate's Christmas Special for the BBC were from a video that was never officially released or not, and this was what Lisa had to say about that.



This is some miscellaneous Homeground thing that must have belonged to my friend years and years ago. I didn't know what else to do with it, so I decided to shove it in right here.






With the release of Aerial just around the corner, and the KBC pretty much non-existent by that point, three surprise items were sent out to club members. These included a colour photo announcement, a promo CD and a Christmas Card.

The Aerial colour announcement was the first thing to be sent out by the club in December 2005. Admittedly, no one was expecting to receive this, so it came as a nice surprise to people. Even though these were done on a computer, each one had our first name printed onto them - which was cool..


The promo CD & Christmas Card were sent out together in December 2005 to KBC members, and they were officially the very last things ever given out from the club before it officially went defunct. I received my CD and card about one week after getting the Aerial colour announcement. Interestingly enough, not every member of the KBC received the promo CD or the Christmas Card. I had read people complaining in some places that they never received one, and I think there were a couple of reasons for that. Even though the CD was limited to 2,000 copies, they certainly didn't have 2,000 in stock as many were given out to radio stations prior to the release of Aerial. Also, I think if you kept up with the mail-outs, like I did, you were probably more inclined to get this.

The promo CD is a compilation of previously released tracks, and quite a few of these were given out to radio stations prior to the release of Aerial. These radio copies then quickly made their way onto Ebay and began selling for ludicrous amounts of money. It made me laugh to see what they were selling for, especially as we all got it for free a few short weeks later.

The CD sleeve is a flat matte card sleeve, and the Eat The Music photo that's used in the centre is very shiny/glossy.








2¼" round 'Lionheart' badge that you could only get through the club or the tour back in the '70s.

1" round version of the "KT" badge that you could only get through the club back in the '80s.

1½” round version of the "KT" badge that you could only get through the club back in the '80s.

The two versions of the "KT" badge that you could only get through the Kate Bush Club back in the '80s.

Club badge from 1980 for the very first Kate Bush Club Convention ever.

Multi-Image Badge Set (1980) - This six badge set was only available directly through the club. Each badge measures 2¼" round in diameter and features the KT logo in the centre of each.



Breathing Badge Set (1980) - This three badge set was only available directly through the club. Each badge measures 1" round in diameter.





Original autographed photo that new members would receive upon joining the club. They would receive this at the same time as their membership card and welcome letter to the club.



Personally autographed photograph that I received from Kate via the club back in 1987 after writing a very long letter to her.





Through the lifespan of the club, or maybe I should say, through most of the lifespan of the club, there were a variety of different photographs available to its members. New members normally received an 8 x10 photograph, which was usually signed by Kate - but there were also photos that members could purchase when they were made available. Most photographs were black & white and varied in size. To my knowledge, none of the photos had any markings on the back – no printing company stamp and no club stamp… just a blank white backing. I have no idea how many different photographs were sold through the club over the years, but what I can tell you is that none of the images were “unseen” ones.

Club photos have become increasingly rarer to come across these days.

Official tour photo that you could only purchase through the club in the late '70s for 35p. It measures 8" x 10" and has a flat matte finish.



Early ‘80s club photo measuring 5½” x 3¾”.



 Early '80s club photo measuring nearly 6" x 4".



The Whole Story photographs - I Can't remember if these were given out with memberships or sold directly through the club, but these official photos were only available through the club and were available in different sizes. The first measures 9.5" x 7.5" and has a flat matte finish. The second measures 10" x 8" and has a full glossy finish.








Circa 1980. B/W and measuring around 5½” x 3¾”. As you can see, this one isn't in very good shape anymore.

Additionally, there was also an 8" x 10" version of this photo as well. An autographed version was given out to people who had joined the club around this time as part of the membership package, but there was also an unsigned version you could purchase through the club.




Circa 1980. B/W and measuring around 5½” x 3¾”.




Circa early '80s. Colour and measuring around 5½” x 3¾”




Circa 1982. B/W and measuring around 8" x 10". 

Typically used by Kate for autograph requests via the club. An unsigned version was also available to buy.

I almost didn't bother to scan this one in as it's in pretty rough shape. I did crop it down a ¼" or so on the left-hand side, and slightly along the top as these two areas are really destroyed.




Circa 1990s. B/W and measuring 8" x 10". 

This, along with a more closely cropped version, were typically used by Kate for autograph requests via the club. An unsigned version of the full shot was also available to purchase.



Circa 1990s. B/W and measuring 8" x 10". 

Typically used by Kate for autograph requests via the club. An unsigned version was also available to purchase.

Incidentally, there was also a full colour publicity photo of this shot used for promotional purposes.






Official photo cards that you could only get through the KBC back in the day. They’re like other official photographs that were sold through the club, but with a couple of differences. Not only were these a fraction thicker than the regularly produced photographs, but these particular ones also had the KT logo featured in one of the four corners on each one.

I can’t remember offhand how many of these were produced, or if they had individual titles or a simple numbering system when you ordered them. But I can tell you that they were all 8” x 10”, had a flat matte finish to them and were available during the early ‘80s – so roughly 1980 to about 1983/84.






This postcard was only available through the club back in the late '70s. Early club items such as postcards, and even club photos, are becoming increasingly rarer to find these days.





6 sticker set that was available through the club around 1979. Each sticker measures 2" round in diameter. Finding a mint sheet of this sticker set today is near impossible. 






Merchandise insert from 1980.

Early merchandise insert showing mainly tour items for sale.
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I have decided to move all website orders from Kate's shop to this blog page. I thought it made more sense to have everything here, instead of scattered all over the site in different areas.


50 Words For Snow - Coffee Mug:



50 Words For Snow coffee mug that used to sell on Kate's website. As you can see on the sales receipt, I purchased this near the end of 2011. Shortly after receiving the mug, it disappeared from the site completely and has never been seen on there again.



When this mug first arrived, I was very surprised that it didn't get smashed in transit due to the cheap flimsy box it was sent in. As you can see from my original photos that I took at the time, the mug never came in a separate box of its own (just a small plastic bag), and it was only packed with the smallest amount of tissue paper possible.



I have to be honest and say that the mug was an immediate disappointment. I deliberately over flashed one photo, which you can see below, because I wanted everyone to see one very disappointing feature about the mug, which is how it's made. If you saw the mug on the website at the time, you would assume that the image was laser printed onto the mug, or some kind of decal used - but no. If you look at the over flashed photo, you will see that it's just a large, rectangular piece of paper that's been affixed to the mug, then lacquered over with some kind of coating. I don't mind saying that the whole thing is a pretty piss poor job too, which is even more noticeable when held up to the light.



The rest of the mug is bare, which also includes the bottom.




This is one item that I'm not impressed with one bit. I can't recommend anyone wasting their time searching this out because it's not worth it. As I mentioned earlier, this mug disappeared from Kate's website shop right after I ordered and received it, so if you never got an opportunity to purchase one yourself - you aren't missing much.



50 Words For Snow - Christmas Cards:



Official set of 50 Words For Snow Christmas Cards that you can only get via Kate's Official Website Shop. Each set has 10 cards with images themed around the album artwork. An insert is also included so you know exactly what you're getting.



The only thing that lets this down a tiny bit is that they're vacuumed packed in clear shrink wrap plastic. It would have been nicer if they came in a thin box, especially as the cards are so nice. But even so, I'm not going to complain. 




The back of each card has a Fish People logo, and each card measures almost 6" x 8¼" so they are a fair size. The greeting inside of each card is exactly the same: "Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year". Nice to see that someone isn't afraid to actually write Merry Christmas on their cards. The set also comes with 10 plain white envelopes. 



This card set is available all year round from Kate's website, and I definitely recommend buying yourself a few sets.



Director's Cut - Lithographs:



First of all, before I get to the lithographs, for the benefit of anyone that lives outside of the UK, I just want you to be aware of the fact that if you do order these from Kate's website shop, you will be charged hefty shipping charges - and I do mean hefty. It’s one of the biggest reasons why I decided to pass on the canvasses at the time, because the shipping costs were a lot! So when the lithographs came out, I didn't dream the shipping charges would be as high. After placing my order, I got an additional email the next day letting me know about the additional shipping charges, which really surprised me. At that moment, I had the choice to bail out from the order completely and forget the whole thing if I wanted to, but I chose to go forward with it because I really wanted these lithographs. I just want anyone that lives outside of the UK to know what to expect, just in case you’re thinking about ordering these but haven't yet. So consider yourselves warned... and I do mean warned!

When I originally got these in August 2011, I took photos of everything, including the packaging itself, just so people knew what to expect. As you can see from my photos below the lithographs came packed flat with a large cardboard front, and some kind of a cheap particle boarding back. I knew from the thickness of the lithographs that they couldn't be rolled up into a cardboard tube and sent that way, but I was a little disappointed with this packaging because the particle backing was cheap in my opinion. The backing on mine had a huge crack in it, which I'm not sure if you can see in the photo or not, so clearly it doesn't take very much to damage it. Thankfully there wasn't any damage to my lithographs, but I won't be at all surprised if it eventually does happen to someone out there. Inside, the lithographs were wrapped with two very thin layers of tissue paper which didn't fully cover them either - they were then taped to the particle backing. I would have much preferred having them wrapped with additional plastic. After all the money I spent, I expected something just a little better than this. If they had been damaged in any way, it probably would have cost me another fortune in shipping just to get a replacement.



As for the lithographs...

Although they are the same size as the canvasses (500mm x500mm), just under 20 inches squared, the 100mm "frame" around the lithographs does bring the actual picture part down to 400mm x 400mm. They're actually a nice size though.



I am pleased with the lithographs and they are very nice quality. However, I probably should point out that the pictures themselves have been printed using a very flat matte finish to them. I was expecting a bit more of a gloss finish to them as presented in the LP format version of the booklet. I feel they lose a tiny bit of something, which I really can't put my finger on. Either way, I'm not complaining. They're awesome. 

One more bit of advice for anyone ordering outside of the UK. If you're going to order any of the lithographs or canvasses from the shop, be sure to order all the ones you want in one order. Not only will you have to pay hefty shipping charges on each order you make, but I also got hit with C.O.D. charges when it arrived at my front door - so that's another thing to take into consideration.



Aerial - UK Poster



Measuring 23" x 17" this poster was only ever available for purchase through Kate's official website shop back in 2005/2006 when Aerial was first released. It was for sale on there for quite some time before it finally disappeared along with the rest of the Aerial themed merchandise. I've never seen this poster come up for sale anywhere since.


I plan to redo this photo sometime when I get a chance to.



Aerial - Official 2006 Calendar


Issued in 2005 for the 2006 year, this spiral desk-style folding calendar was only available to purchase through Kate's official website shop at the time, and quickly disappeared after about a year. It's considered rare now, and it's pretty difficult to find. Unfortunately, I don't remember the original price of this - but it was pretty cheap compared to what you would pay for it now.


The calendar stand measures 8" x 8" unfolded, and folded it has a resting position of 6" x 8". I should point out that the back isn't one single page of card - but two. It's folded in half similar to a french fold, with the two loose ends joined at the spiral. So all you need to do is pry them apart a little, and push up the bottom portion at the seams to create the base for it. Since I never used mine at the time it remains unfolded.


It's a pretty standard desk calendar, and each page features full colour artwork from the album. The pages are blank on the opposite side, but have a good thickness to them with a nice sheen finish to each page. Anyone who bought this at the time will tell you it's a nice calendar. I've done my best to scan this in for you to see. Apologies in advance for any space dust or other weirdness. My scanner needs cleaning.