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How Did Vintage Rock Concert Posters Become Priceless?
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How Did Vintage Rock Concert Posters Become Priceless?

Vintage rock concert posters are (not unlike vintage wine) sometimes rare and very valuable. They are like rare coins or stamps that are highly collectible. These posters are usually from a particular point in time. Usually between 1955 and 1972.

What Makes the Rock Poster Vintage?

According to Webster's vintage means "of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance, or quality - classic". It perfectly describes the vintage rock concert posters being produced during the 60s and 70s.

In the 1950s you had the “boxer style” announcement posters. These usually were advertisements for early, early rock shows and sporting events. Wood block printing was used. This had a somewhat primitive look compared to the colorful psychedelic posters of the 1960s.

However, some of these 50's posters are very valuable. Simply because of the enduring interest and importance they represent in the resurgence of making posters for events. Actually, posters were created for advertising shows and events in Paris circa 1860.

The Bill Graham Series

Bill Graham was the owner operator of the Fillmore West and the Fillmore East. These very famous venues hosted some of the most unforgettable rock shows in history. Also, the shows made rock stars from bands who played there. He has many times been credited as having started the cottage industry of psychedelic posters. Actually, he was introduced and knew many artists of the era and in the San Francisco community.

He hired them to do vintage rock concert posters and advertisements for the events at his venues. These (of course) became the posters, hand bills and postcards that are so highly coveted and collectible these days. The series of posters produced from 1966-71 is numbered BG-1 through BG-287 with a variety of super star artists and rock stars.

The Family Dog Series

Chet Helms was the leader (so to speak) with many other artists that would form the company/commune The Family Dog. They would throw dances and wild parties which became organized through the shows presented at the Avalon ballroom. These shows would generate vintage rock concert posters and experts agree there are at least 147 pieces in the series proper, with an additional 13 separately considered as “Denver Family Dog” pieces ( for those concerts in Denver, CO.). Not as many as the Bill Graham series, but just as collectible and valuable.

There are many other poster series. Too many to go into in this one article. But the Bill Graham and The Family Dog series are certainly some of the most popular collectible items today. Vintage rock concert posters are worth their weight in gold, literally! They make wise investment choices, believe it or not.


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