Posters advertising down ‘n’ dirty rock ‘n’ roll shows are kind of a lost art “¦ if they were ever found in the first place. Despite real talent going into their illustrations and design, the sheets often were “ and are “ produced in extremely limited quantities at best, before being plastered up on some brick wall or metal post, immediately exposing them to the harsh elements or, a week later, glued over with the next week’s act.
Clay Hayes’ Web site http://www.gigposters.com is an online repository of these fun, funky flyers, several hundred of which have been handpicked to include in his companion book, “Gig Posters Volume 1: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century.”
Anyone who doesn’t consider the posters to be “art” because of their disposable nature is dead wrong. And this hipper-than-thou book proves that, oversized page after oversized page. Each 11-by-14 page is perforated, so if you find one that sears your retinas “ and any self-respecting music fan will find dozens “ it’s already suitable for framing. Among the bands featured: Beastie Boys, They Might Be Giants, Modest Mouse, Radiohead and The Flaming Lips. Quirk Books“Rod Lott