Band Posters & General Categories
Band Posters of The Beatles
This is one of the most iconic band posters of all time.
It is of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road, and is one of the most recognized photographs in music history. After all, it was the cover for the classic “Abbey Road” album, one of the most successful Beatles albums ever.
The design of the album cover was based on a sketch by Paul McCartney, and was photographed on August 8, 1969, outside EMI Studios located on the now famous Abbey Road.
With the assistance of a policeman stopping traffic, photographer Iain MacMillan, photographed the group while on top of a step ladder.
Upon close examination of the poster, one can see that Paul is barefoot. This fact escaped me, as this poster was hanging on my dorm wall for years, and I would repeatedly listen to my favourite song on the album, the first track on side two…..”Here Comes the Sun” by George.
For the trivia buffs, the license plate of the white VW bug is LMW 281F. The car belonged to a local resident. After the release of the album, the plates were stolen repeatedly, and the car was auctioned in 1986 for £2,530 and presently resides in a German museum.
The man in the right is Paul Cole, an American tourist unaware that he was included in the album cover until a few months after the release.
This photograph has propelled the crossing at Abbey Road as one of the most popular travel destinations for Beatles fans. In December 2010, the crossing was officially recognized as having a “cultural and historical importance.”
If only the lyrics would receive such recognition, the world would be a better place to live, would you not agree?
Band Posters of The Doors
Jim Morrison, the lead singer and lyricist for The Doors was a charismatic, enigmatic, icon in the music industry. In addition to his music, poetry was also his true passion in life.
Inspired by famous philosophers, poets, and activists, Morrison’s lyrics reflected his insightful views on morality, anarchy, globalization, sex, and philosophy.
As his English teacher once commented “I felt that Jim was the only one in the class who read Ulysses, and understood it”
The Doors acquired their name from the title of A. Huxley’s book “The Doors of Perception”, which was a reference to the unlocking of doors of perception through the use of mescaline, a psychedelic drug.
Here are a few quotes of his poetry and lyrics :
Morrison died in Paris at the age of 27 due to a drug overdose. He is a member of the 27 Club, which consists of seven famous musicians who have all died at the same age.
Band Posters of The Who
The Who, along with The Beatles, and Rolling Stones are the most influential rock bands of the 60′s and 70′s. Just the sight of this logo rejuvenates teenage memories of a generation now focused on retirement.
The Who logo, adorned by thousands of fans, was the centerpiece of Keith Moons drum kit until his death in ’78 due to a prescription drug overdose. As in the male symbol, the arrow represents masculinity. The two combined “h’s” symbolize unity, while the Red, Royal Blue, and White represent the Union Jack.
This logo may not be as popular as the other band posters on this page, however to The Who fan, this logo is second to none, and has become one of the most popular band posters of the 60′s and 70′s.
The Who, known for their original sound, also introduced Pete Townsend’s guitar smashing, and Keith Moon’s drum destruction on stage. The destruction continued offstage as Keith’s habit of blowing up hotel toilets with dynamite got the band banned from multiple hotel chains.
Not known to many, the character “Animal” from the “Muppet Show” is based on Keith, who was quoted to say “I never realised dynamite was so powerful”, after one of his many toilet antics.
It has been estimated that Keith’s destruction of hotel toilets totalled about $500, 000 in the 70′s, which amounts to millions in present value….let’s hope it was worth it.
Buddy Rich vs Animal on the Muppet Show
I actually saw this on TV during it’s debut in 1981. Buddy brought the house down with this famous drum solo.
Band Posters of the Rolling Stones
This is one of the most legendary images for band posters, as it contains one of the most famous and recognizable rock band logos of all time.
It was designed in 1971 for the Sticky Fingers album by John Pasche, after he was approached by Mick Jagger, who showed John a picture of the Goddess Kali as a starting point for the logo.
John was a grad student at the Royal College of Art in London at the time, and when reflecting on meeting Mick Jagger he was quoted to say, “Face to face with him, the first thing you were aware of was the size of his lips and mouth.”
Ever since it’s design, there has been controversy whether John Pasche or Andy Warhol designed the Logo. The fact is, The Sticky Fingers album outer sleeve was designed by Andy Warhol which consisted of a photograph of a man’s crotch in tight jeans and a working zipper, while John Pasche designed the inner sleeve…hence the mix up.
John was initially paid £50 for the original design, and then a further £200 in recognition of the logo’s success. However, John still owns the original hand drawn artwork, which is now on sale for a cool £200,000. In addition to huge t-shirt sales, this image is one of the top selling band posters.
Johnny Cash Band Posters
Johnny Cash who was affectionately known as “The Man in Black” makes this poster one of the most popular band posters. He was a famous American country music singer, songwriter, and author who received numerous awards and recognition from a multitude of Hall of Fames.
His music talents throughout his career also include other genres such as “rockabilly” and “rock and roll”. For those not familiar with the term “rockabilly”, it refers to the earliest beginning of rock and roll in the 1940′s in theSouthern United States, which was a combination of rock with country influence, known at that time as “hillbilly” music, hence the term rockabilly.
Johnnys’ trademark was always wearing black clothes, even in his private life. He was quoted that he wore black on behalf of the prisoner who has paid for his crime, and on behalf of the poor and the hungry.
Initially in his early career, he and his band would wear black because that was the only matching color the band members had among their stage outfits. To the present day, the Winter Blue Uniform of the US Navy is referred to by sailors as “Johnny Cashes”, since the shirt, trousers, and tie are a solid black color.
His signature songs include “Folsom Prison Blues”, “I Walk the Line”, “Ring of Fire”, and “Man in Black”. Even though he was a devout Christian, he would foster the image of a complicated and romantic outlaw, who was a tortured and a troubled sinner. Even though rumours reported that Johnny had a criminal past that included jail time, he never served a prison sentence.
He did receive numerous overnight stays at the local jail cell due to possession of large amounts of prescription drugs hidden in his guitar case, and for trespassing on private property to pick flowers. Furthermore, this outlaw image was cultivated by a photograph of Johnny fingering the camera, making it one of the most popular band posters within the general music industry.