Rock And Roll Concert

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Rock & roll concerts wouldn’t be what they are today without the concert poster. Thanks to the legendary concert promoter Bill Graham, rock concerts are forever documented with mind blowing, visually stunning posters. Ever since rock became bigger and bigger in the sixties, seventies, eighties and nineties, more and more posters were being produced. Today, for many people across the U.S., they aren’t just flyers posted outside the venue, they are a lifestyle. So much has happened to rock over the years, there are countless forms of new rock now, and as the music grows, the poster scene is growing as well. It’s been over fifty years since the first concert poster was created. Since then hundreds upon thousands of posters have appeared, creating…show more content…
Fueled by a mix of psychedelia and punk rock, the “silkscreen movement,” was laid down in Austin, Texas in the eighties. The thriving local flyer and poster makers had borrowed from those who had come before them, and were beginning to create something new, original, and vibrant. With a strong independent music scene, easy access to a screen printer, and a wide variety of young talented artists, all the right elements were in place to spark the beginning of a new era for the rock poster. Armed with the realization that a screen, a squeegee, and a few cans of ink would allow an innovative person to create top-quality posters, an entire generation of artists and entrepreneurs were unleashed upon an unsuspecting public. In 2004, two major concert promoters, Dennis King and Paul Grushkin created a book called “The Art of Modern Rock¬--The Poster Explosion.” This epic five-hundred page book displays the last twenty years of concert posters. Not to mention interviews, stories, and artist commentaries of their…show more content…
They have dug up spectacular treasures, and persuaded prominent artists to allow their best and most sought-after works including the limited-run, ‘silkscreen prints’ to be included. Rock poster art is more diverse now than at any time in its history. Thanks to the internet, the work of the most influential poster artists of our time can be viewed from virtually any corner of the world. New poster makers, inspired to enter the field, are bringing in new mediums and new experiences to enrich the rock poster ‘gene pool.’ No longer simply for advertising, rock posters have become the common visual language of a large intergenerational community. They are a truly original art form, created by vibrant and constantly evolving community of artists who are pushing boundaries, expanding visual frontiers, and illuminating the way to a brave, cool new world for rock poster making. Rock & roll is an out-of-control, unpredictable monster that wouldn’t be what it is today without the concert poster. It creates an insane, visually mind-blowing environment that represents the original, one of a
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