When Concert Posters Were An Art Form: 1966 - 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 Beatles

 Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA 

 

Herman's Hermits & The Animals

Dallas Memorial Auditorium  Dallas, TX

 

Love & Captain Beefheart

 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA 

 Jefferson Airplane, Muddy Waters & the Butterfield Blues Band 

Winterland, San Francisco, CA 

Moby Grape & The Charlatans

 Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA 

Buffalo Springfield & Count Five

 Third Eye, Redondo Beach, CA 

Grateful Dead & The Loading Zone 

Longshoremen's Hall, San Francisco,CA 

 


 

Jefferson Airplane, Blue Cheer & The Charltans

 Fillmore-Winterland, San Francisco, CA 

Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service & John Hammond 

The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

The Fugs & Allen Ginsberg 

Santa Monica Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA 

Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sons of Champlain & Taj Mahal and the Blue Flames 

The Family Dog, San Francisco, CA

MC5

 Grande Ballroom, Detroit, MI

Pink Floyd, Lee Michaels & Clear Light 

Fillmore, San Francisco, CA 

Jefferson Airplane, Gabor Szabo & Jimi Hendrix 

Fillmore, San Francisco, CA 

Fantasy Faire & Magic Music Festival 

Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Grassroots, 

Iron Butterfly, Country Joe & The Fish, 

Canned Heat & The Paul Butterfield Blues Band 

Devonshire Meadows, Northridge, CA 

Vanilla Fudge, Steve Miller Band, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee 

Fillmore / Winterland, San Francisco, CA 

Buffalo Springfield & Steve Miller Band 

Fillmore, San Francisco, CA 

The Who

Italy, 1967

Grateful Dead & Quicksilver Messenger Service 

Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, CA

Buffalo Springfield & The Electric Chamber Orkustra 

The Rock Garden, San Francisco 

Muddy Waters, Buffalo Springfield & Richie Havens 

Fillmore West, San Francisco

The Yardbirds, Moby Grape, Capt. Beefheart 

Iron Butterfly & West Coast Pop Art Experience Band 

Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA 

Cream, Jeff Beck Group, John Mayall's Blues Breakers 

Love & Jimmy Powell & The Dimensions 

Saville Theater, Lonkon UK 

Monterey Pop Festival, Monterey, CA

 


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