Music Posters

Music Posters

The evolution of music poster art

A live performance is in the fleeting moment. It happens, and then it’s gone. It may be a concert, a festival, or a small acoustic session, when the finale comes, it’s a part of history. This history may, on some occasions, be preserved for posterity, either as an audio or a video recording, but at other times nothing remains, except the audience’s memories, and perhaps some photographs and the advertising material used to promote the show. In the modern world, a camera phone can be pointed effortlessly at anything and everything and then uploaded to Youtube. Even in the mist of a digital revolution,  music posters, still remains conceivably the favourite for collectors.

The earliest rock Music Posters posters were “boxing” style posters, incorporating simple block lettering with unadorned photographs of the performers. Although a few early R&B posters added brightly coloured backgrounds and some occasional background art, the rock poster would remain largely unchanged from its inception until late 1965.

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Ike & Tina Turner, Oakland Aud. & California Hall, 1961

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Billy Fury, Eden Kane, Joe Brown, Granada 1961

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Buddy Holly, Winter Dance Party, 1959

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Elvis Presley, Florida Theatre, 1956

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James Brown, Apolo Theatre, New York, 1966

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By the mid-60s, the emergence of a new kind of rock music meant that poster design evolved alongside new tastes and demands. It all peaked in what the media called “Summer of Love” in 1967. San Francisco may have been the original epicentre but it quickly went viral, spreading across the USA  and then going international. These posters were very creative, colouful and considered “psychedelic”.

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Yardbirds, Country Joe and the Fish, Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, October 1966

Grateful Dead, Flying Burrito Brothers, Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, 1967

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James Brown, Apolo Theatre, New York, 1966

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The Grateful Dead, Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, 1967

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Iggy Pop and the Stooges, New Old Filmore 1970

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know that Music Posters Throughout the 70’s, print technology was improving all the time, and richer, more detailed full colour imagery was then possible. Typography developed as a separate discipline, allowing graphic artists to concentrate on pure, text-free images.

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Promotional poster, David Bowie, 1972 LP

The Rolling Stones, Pembroke And Cardiff Castles 1975.

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Poster for the 1976 cinema release of live footage, The Song Remains The Same, Led Zeppelin, 1973

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Promotional poster for the Who’s 1973 rock opera, Quadrophenia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As Disco and Stadium Rock took over the mainstream, a new counterculture began to emerge. Rejecting the smooth, finished look and style of their contemporaries, Punk artists embraced the grittiness and immediacy of the xerox machine and pumped out 8 1/2 by 11 inch black and white flyers. New Wave posters added color and a different graphic look and feel but largely stayed with the flyer-sized format.

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Public Image, Memories, 1979

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Mabuhay Gardens, San Francisco, 1979, Dead Kennedys, Black Flag

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Never Mind The Bullocks, Sex Pistols, 1977

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Horses and Radio Ethiopia, Patti Smith Group, 1977

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Queen, 1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 90’s witnessed an explosion in styles and themes in music posters. A new era in technology and innovation emerge which allows artists to create posters with a slick and polished appearance.

 

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Artwork for the Album Bossanova, Pixies, 1990

Advertisement for a show by The Cure in Bronco Bowl in Dallas, 1997

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Hammersmith Ballroom, Marilyn Manson, 1998

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Definitely Maybe, Oasis, 1994

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Pearl Jam, American Music CLub, 1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today there are dozens of diferent types of music posters  such as, tour advertisement posters, album artwork and releases, festival line-up posters, promotional, gig posters, all kinds of band pictures… and goes on and on!

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Lorde – Melodrama World Tour 2017 Poster

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The Front Bottoms 2016 Tour Poster

Paul Weller’s 2017 New Album – a Kind Of Revolution Advertisement Poster

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Download Festival 2017 Line-up Poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All posters showed above are available in our online store (and 35.000 more!) as great quality print or originals, depending on the poster. Also do you follow music posters on our Stick it on your wall  Instagram?

 

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