Introduction to Concert Posters

If you're new to the idea of concert posters, you're in for some great discovery of a world of musical artwork that Rock Show puts right at your fingertips. The original posters for rock and roll were simple block lettered signs paired up with photos of the performers.

But something changed around 1966 where rock concerts in San Francisco took on a new social meaning. The posters featured intricate, highly detailed lettering and were awash in color and imagery that served as the foundation of a new artform. The importance of beautifully illustrating a happening became more important than advertising the concert itself. Soon the art form spread beyond San Francisco to major cities across the United States and abroad.

During the punk and new wave music scenes concert posters took on a rougher look. They were largely produced as cheap black and white photocopies made on Xerox machines. Up until the late 1980s this seemed to be the end of the concert poster movement, but as things turned out it was just the beginning.

Beginning in the early 1990s, a new movement based on an artistic process called silkscreening was taking hold in Texas. With a relatively low-cost set of equipment, a talented artist could create beautiful full limted edition multi-color posters.

This silk-screening process continues today. Nearly all the posters featured in Rock Show are from a multi-color silk screen process and come from artists located all around the United States and abroad. Each of the posters is a limited edition print, meaning that there are only a few hundred copies of each poster available and then no more will be created.

This means that every poster you buy from Rock Show has the potential to not only be an excellent keepsake and reminder of a musical memory but also a collectible you can treat as an investment. Some posters grow in value as the availability declines and go on to be worth hundreds of dollars.

For more information on modern concert posters, we recommend Dennis King's book, The Art of Rock and Roll.