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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?