When Concert Posters Were An Art Form: 1966

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 Beatles

The Cyrkle, The Ronettes, The Remains

Candlestick Park  San Francisco, CA

 

Bob Dylan

Manchester Free Trade Hall  Manchester UK

 

Rolling Stones

The McCoys

The Standells

Norton Hall University of Buffalo  Buffalo, NY

 

The Beach Boys

Lovin' Spoonful, Chad & Jeremy

Percy Sledge

The Outsiders, The Leaves

Sir Douglas Quintet, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds

Cow Palace  San Francisco, CA

 

Procol Harum

Pink Floyd

H.P. Lovecraft

Winterland  San Francisco, CA

 

The Doors

Iron Butterfly

Berkely Community Theatre  San Francisco, CA

 

Bo Diddley

Little Walter

Sons of Adam

Longshoremen's Hall  San Francisco, NY

 

Jimi Hendrix Experience

Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane

The Queen's Theatre  London UK

 

Herman's Hermits

The Animals

Dallas Memorial Auditorium  Dallas, TX

Jim Kweskin Jug Band

Big Brother & The Holding Co, Electric Train

Avalon Ballroom  San Francisco, CA

 

Rolling Stones

Ike & Tina Turner

The Yardbirds, Peter Jay & The New Jay Walkers

Royal Albert Hall  London UK

 

Buffalo Springfield

Count Five

Third Eye  Redondo Beach, CA

 

Grateful Dead

The Loading Zone

Longshoremen's Hall  San Francisco, CA

 

Frank Zappa Freak Out Tour

Little Gary Ferguson

The Mothers of Invention

The West Coast Pop Experimental Band

Count Five

The Factory

Shrine Exposition Hall  Los Angeles, CA

The Beatles

Rizal Memorial Football Stadium  Phillipines

 

Moby Grape

The Charlatans

Avalon Ballroom  San Francisco, CA

 

Love

Capt. Beefheart & His Magic Band

Big Brother & The Holding Company

Avalon Ballroom  San Francisco, CA

Otis Redding

Garnet Mimms, Sam & Dave, Patty LaBelle

Percy Sledge, James Carr

Mitty Collier, The Ovations

Carr's Beach  Anapolis, MD

 

Country Joe & The Fish

Moby Grape

Lee Michaels

Avalon Ballroom  San Francisco, CA

 

The Daily Flash

The Rising Sons

Avalon Ballroom  San Francisco, CA

 

Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

The Marvelettes, Gladys Knight & The Pips

The Contours, Chris Clark

Willie Tyler & Lester, Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers

Fox Theatre  Detroit, MI

 

Blues Project

The Matrix  San Francisco, CA

 

Grass Roots

Quicksilver Messenger Service

The Family Tree

Fillmore  San Francisco, CA

 

Beach Boys

Lulu, David & Jonathan

Sounds Incorporated, The Golden Brass, Jerry Stevens

Odeon Theatre  Leeds UK

 

Quicksilver Messenger Service

Big Brother & The Holding Company

Graeful Dead

The Grassroots

Sunshine

Fillmore  San Francisco, CA

 

The Animals, Sam The Sham & The Pharohs

Brutus, The Roamin's

Winchester Roller Rink  Winchester, VA

 

Rolling Stones

Carneigie Hall  NYC

 

The Kinks

THe Yardbirds

The Mickey Finn, Jeff & Jon, The Riot Squad

Val McKenna, Goldie & The Gingerbreads

Guild Hall  Portsmouth UK

 

Jefferson Airplane

Muddy Waters

Paul Butterfield Blues Band

Winterland  San Francisco, CA

 

Grateful Dead

The Old Cheese Factory  San Francisco, CA

 

Grateful Dead

Jr. Walker & The All Stars

The Glass Family

Fillmore  San Francisco, CA

 

Quicksilver Messenger Service

Blackburn & Snow

Sons of Champlain

Avalon Ballroom  San Francisco, CA

 

Grass Roots

Sons of Adam

Big Brother & The Holding Company

Avalon Ballroom  San Francisco, CA

 

Big Brother & The Holding Company

Bo Diddley

Sons of Adam

Oxford Circle

The Family Dog  San Francisco, NY

 

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band

The Charlatans

Avalon Ballroom  San Francisco, NY

 

The Mothers of Invention

Oxford Circle

Fillmore  San Francisco, CA

 

Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable Show

Velvet Underground with Nico

Poor Richard's  Chicago, IL

 

James Brown

Apollo Theatre  NYC

 

Jefferson Airplane

Fillmore  San Francisco, CA

 


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