When Concert Posters Were An Art Form 1967

From the Famous Rock Posters site: "Concert poster art is usually defined by the bold and graphical psychedelic rock posters from the 1960's.  In the history of rock poster production, these posters were considered just advertising for the musical venues and events.  But as the industry grew, the artists became better attuned and articulate with their craft; here was a certain boldness, splash and swirling colorful mystery about these posters.."   

These days live shows are as popular as ever.  Events that feature live music have become an intrinsic part of our culture.  When I look back to how concerts were advertised back in the day it's obvious that there seemed to be more of an artistic statement being made; not only in the music being presented but also in the imagery and artistic sensibility that was enlisted to create excitement about the shows these posters promoted.  In fact, when one looks at the concert posters from the 60's, the creation of flyers and posters for live shows was a genuine art form.

The Seeds

The West Coast Branch & The Boston Party

Cheetah nightclub  Los Angeles, CA

 

Jimi Hendrix Experience

Golden Gate Park  San Francisco, CA

 

The Love Conspiracy Commune Presents

A Psychedelic Happening!

Peanut Butter Conspiracy & The Doors

San Francisco, CA

 

The Kaleidoscope, Canned Heat

West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

The New Age nightclub  Los Angeles, CA

 

Lothar & The Hand People, The Doors

Capt. Beefheart & His Magic Band

West Evans Street  Denver, CO

 

Grateful Dead

Quicksilver Messenger Service

Avalon Ballroom  San Francisco, CA

 

Buffalo Springfield

Steve Miller Blues Band

Fillmore  San Francisco, CA

 

Butterfield Blues Band

Charles Lloyd Quartet

Fillmore Auditorium  San Francisco, CA

 

Big Brother & The Holding Company

The Human Beings

The Ark  Sausalito, CA

 

Grateful Dead

Canned Heat

Fillmore Auditorium  San Francisco, CA

 

The Who

The Loading Zone

Fillmore  San Francisco, CA

 

Traffic

Cupid's Inspiration, The Phaze, The Royals

Town Hall Torquay  UK

 

The Monkees

Jimi Hendrix Experience

Jacksonville Coliseum

Jacksonville, FL

 

Grateful Dead

Daily Flash, Magic Fern

Seattle, WA

 

Rolling Stones

Easy Beats, The Batman

The Creation, Achim Reichel

Germany

 

Pink Floyd

Lee Michaels Clear Light

Fillmore  San Francisco, CA

 

The Doors

Jim Kweskin Jug Band

Fillmore  San Francisco, CA

 

Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable:

Nico & Velvet Underground

Ferris Wheel

Boston Tea Party  Boston, MA

 

The Byrds

The Wildflower

Fillmore Auditorium  San Francisco, CA

 

Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable:

Velvet Underground and Nico

The Mothers

Fillmore Auditorium  San Francisco, CA

 

Big Brother & The Holding Company

The Human Beings

The Ark  Sausalito, CA

 

MC 5

Grande Ballroom  Detroit, MI

 

The Charltons, Jook Savages

The Vast Majority and The Old Grey Zipper

Unknown Venue

 

Grateful Dead, Daily Flash

 

Chuck Berry

Fillmore  San Francisco, CA

 

The Byrds, Pacific Gas & Electric

Joe Cocker & The Grease Band

Fillmore West  San Francisco, CA

 

Velvet Underground

Comittee Theater  San Francisco, CA

 

Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield

Electric Prunes and Shadows of the Knight

Minnesota

 

The Doors

Albert King & Flying Burrito Brothers

Long Beach Arena  Long Beach, CA

 

Jimi Hendrix Experience

Country Joe & The Fish

Strawberry Alarm Clock

Earl Warren Showgrounds

Santa Barbara, CA

 

Cream

Guild Hall Southampton UK

 

Pow Wow

A Gathering of the Tribes

Human Be In!

Golden Gate Park  San Francisco, CA

 

The Move

The Marquee Club  London UK

 

The Family Dog Presents

Quicksilver Messenger Service

The Charlatans

Super Band

W. Evans St  Denver, CO

 

Steve Miller Blues Band

The Sparrow

California Hall  San Francisco, CA

 

SF Mime Troupe Benefit

Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead

Quicksilver Messenger Service

Moby Grape, Andrew Staples and Loading Zone

Fillmore Auditorium  San Francisco, NY

 

Jefferson Airplane

Mother Earth and Flamin' Groovies

Winterland  San Francisco, CA

 

Otis Redding

Percy Sledge, Arthur Conley

The Manhattans, The Bar Kays

Bettye Swann, James Carr

the Five Stari Steps, Betty Harris

The Apollo Theater  NYC

 

Jefferson Airplane

Charlatans and Blue Cheer

Winterland  San Francisco, CA

 

Muddy Waters

Buffalo Springfield and Richie Havens

Fillmore  San Francisco, CA

 

Ike & Tina Turner Revue

Zebra Room Civic Center

Oklahoma City, OK

 

Moby Grape

The Sparrow and The Charlatans

Avalon Ballroom  San Francisco, CA

 

Otis Redding, Carla Thomas

Village Theater  NYC

 

Jefferson Airplane

Gabor Szab0, Jimi Hendrix

Fillmore Auditorium  San Francisco, CA

 

The Chamber Bros

The Matrix  San Francisco, CA

 

Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead Big Brother & Holding Company

Hollywood Bowl  Los Angeles, CA

 

Christmas On Earth Continued

Jim Hendrix Experience, The Who, Eric Burdon & The Animals

The Move, The Pink Floyd, Keith West & The Tomorrow and Soft Machine

Oolympia Music Hall  London UK

The concert gets sadly remembered as the last major show Syd Barret played with Pink Floyd---ending the set dazed and motionless onstage, his arms hanging limp at his sides. Barrett’s breakdown wasn’t the only thing that kept this massive happening, “the last gasp of the British underground scene,” from taking off as it should have.

 

Barn Barbeque Concert & Dance

Donovan, John Mayall's Blues Breakers

Fairport Conention, Blossom Toes

Fleetwood Mac, Move, James & Bobby Purify

Pesky Gee, hal C. Blake

Amen Corner

Whittlesey UK

 

Procol Harum, Pink Floyd,  H.P. Lovecraft

Winterland  San Francisco, CA

 

Hell's Angels, Janis Joplin & Big Brother

California Hall Concert

San Francisco, CA

 

Avalon Ballroom Postcards

San Francisco, CA

 

Fillmore West Concert Postcards

San Francisco, CA


 


 

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