When Concert Posters Were an Art Form: 1970 – 1975

By the 1970's, many rock posters began to abandon the LSD-inspired San Francisco look.  Some of the poster artists began to use more realism and stylized imagery in the posters being used to promote live shows.  In the late 60’s, rock & roll became “rock” music.  One factor that influenced concert poster art in the 70's was the massive growth of the music business as mega tours began to replace small package tours.  Music magazines such as Rolling Stone became touchstones for rock fans back in the day.  Films like Woodstock created a cultural identity among young folks around the world.  Musically, the excesses of the 60's counterculture were abandoned as the popular rock music of the day became much more simplified and straightforward.




Fleetwood Mac, Munchen Deutches Museum, Germany 1970 


Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage & Rubber Duck Company 

Euphoria, San Rafael, CA 1970 


The Byrds, Poco, Commander Cody, Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker, Led Seppelin

Albert King, Mason Proffit, Iron Butterfly, Aum, Black Oak Arkansas 

Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 1970 


Love w/ Arthur Lee, James Gang, Black Sabbath 

Sha Na Na, Elvin Bishop andTower of Power 

Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 1970 


Cincinnati Pop Festival 1970


Laura Nyro & The Band

Berkeley Community Center  Berkeley, CA 1970


Brooklyn Rock

Rock Palace  Brooklyn, NY 1970




Cactus, Flamin' Groovies and Redeye 

Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 1971 


Albert King, Mott the Hoople and Freddie King 

Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA 1971 


Pink Floyd and Finnegan 

San Diego Community College, San Diego, CA 1971 


Procol Harum and Turnquist Remedy 

Earth, Pacific Beach, CA 1971 


Michael Bloomfield w/ Chicago Slim, Bola Sete, Mike Finnegan and Gold 

Ten Years After, Cactus and Pot Liquor 

Fillmore West / Winterland, San Francisco, CA 1971 


Taj Mahal, Stoneground and Trapeze 

Ten Years After, Cactus and Pot Liquor 

Fillmore West / Winterland, San Francisco, CA 1971 


Traffic, Mountain and Mott the Hoople 

Hofheinz Pavillion @ University of Houston, Houston, TX 1971 





David Bowie & The Spiders From Mars

Carnegie Hall  New York city 1972


T.Rex Electric Warrior Tour

Palladium  New York City 1972



Grateful Dead 

Jahrhunderthalle, Frankfurt, Germany 1972 


The Who 

Munchen Deutsches Museum, Munich, Germany 1972 


Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon Tour

Carnegie Hall  New York city 1972



Watkins Glen Summer Jam

Allman Bros, The Band & The Grateful Dead

Watkins Glen, NY 1973


Alice Cooper Billion Dollar Babies Tour

Portland Memorial Coliseum  Portland, OR 1973


Michael Bloomfield & Friends, Siegel Schwall Blues Band,

Little Feat &Lightnin' 

The Aragon, Chicago, IL 1973 


Freddie King, IF, Azteca and Cloudburst 

The Aragon, Chicago, IL 1973 


Grateful Dead 

Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 1973 


Rolling Stones 

Honolulu International Center, Honolulu, HI 1973 


Led Zeppelin North American Tour

Dallas Convention Center  Dallas, TX 1973





Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band 

Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX 1974 


David Bowie Diamond Dogs Tour

Mid-South Coliseum  Memphis, TN 1974


Bob Dylan & The Band

Boston Garden  Boston, MA 1974


George Harrison / Ravi Shankar North American Tour

Olympia Stadium  Detroit, MI 1974


Queen & Mott The Hoople

Regis College  Denver, CO 1974




Savoy Brown 

Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin, TX 1975 


Rolling Stones 

Cow Palace, Daly City, CA 1975 



Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band 

The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA 1975 


Led Zeppelin 

Earl's Court, London, England 1975 


Grand Funk Railroad 

Pacific Coliseum, British Vancouver, Canada 1975


Frank Zappa & the Mothers / Todd Rundgren's Utopia

The Forum  Los Angeles, CA 1975


Rory Gallagher

Armadillo World Headquarters  Austin, Texas 1975


Rolling Stones Concert Bus Trip 1975


Bob Dylan & the Rolling Thunder Revue

Plymouth Memorial Hall  Plymouth, MA 1975




Release Date: Tues Feb 19



1 comment

  • Tad
    Tad Calgary, AB Canada
    Very cool!

    Very cool!

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