Since concert and club posters are a frequent topic of discussion around The Beehive, I thought you guys might be interested in this book that came across my desk recently. It’s called “Gig Posters: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century.” And it’s totally rad.
From an art perspective, there’s some really nice work inside that’ll have you flipping page after page. From a collector’s perspective, there are 101 perforated 11 x 14 replica posters that you can totally frame and hang on your wall. From a music buff’s perspective, it’s awesome to see artwork for your favorite groups. For instance, I geeked at this Wu-Tang poster.
Artists included in the book range from Wilco to Arcade Fire, from Kanye West to The Shins. Beyond just cool posters, it gives you profiles on the designers and their other work.
If you can’t shell out the $40 for the book, you can freely surf the Web site that inspired it — gigposters.com. There are over 100,000 show posters on there. Even some from Fresno and Visalia. Below are some examples of what you’ll find in the book.
I suppose this is a good place to plug that I’ll be doing a presentation on club/concert posters at Pecha Kucha Night this coming Monday. (Another post is coming soon with more info, so sit tight for that).