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Rock n' Roll Memorabilia - Old Vintage Rock Posters

Updated on May 16, 2013

Rock and Roll - The Good Ole Days

Vintage Rock and Roll, Rock Memorabilia,Vintage Rock Posters....geez just the name vintage is making me feel OLD!!! Growing up in the 60's and 70's, I went to my share of rock concerts back in those days. As a child of the 60's living in the San Francisco Bay Area, many of my favorite rock and roll bands made their way to the Bay...playing at places like Candlestick Park, Winterland, Oakland Coliseum, the Concord Pavilion and the Shoreline Amphitheater.

Funny how if you hold onto things long enough they usually end up being valuable - and rock and roll memorabilia and vintage rock posters are no different. I have a few pieces of prized rock and roll items in my possession- A Beatles concert program from a 60's concert in San Francisco -and an old Santana poster from the 70's that fared in far worse shape thanks to being plastered on my garage wall. My brother, 10 years older than me (lucky dog) was the one that brought that Beatles program home to me one night after the concert, along with a big Beatles poster (which unfortunately I don't have anymore, sure wish I did!)

Vintage rock poster: Jimi Hendrix Mr. Experience

Vintage original Jimi Hendrix black light poster from 1968 silkscreened by Pandora Productions.
Vintage original Jimi Hendrix black light poster from 1968 silkscreened by Pandora Productions. | Source

60's and 70's Rock and Roll Designs Were Very Creative

To find your favorite favorite vintage rock and roll posters today, EBay is one of the best places to score your favorite poster. Posters on EBay go quick though so steady sleuthing is encouraged. If you don't mind having a "newer" vintage rendition of your favorite rock and roll band, you can also find some interesting rock posters on Amazon. And if you are really patient, Craigslist under collectibles might net you your favorite rock band poster.

I think one of the things that attracts us to these old rock posters is the art - there is just nothing like the graphics from the 60's and 70's - prior to the computer age. Covers, posters and rock memorabilia were just so artsy! I love computer design but there is just something so original about the drawings from the pre-computer days. The colors, the layout and the straightforward photography are definitely eye-catching and memorable. How I wish I had saved all my rock posters from those days!

Valuable Rock N' Roll Posters

For the serious collectors, there are vintage rock posters that cost some serious money (out of my league but fun to look at anyway) Like the Jimi Hendrix EXPLOSION Poster MARTIN SHARP 1973 Big 'O' lithograph that was just listed EBay.

Although Jimi Hendrix died when I was young and I never got to go to one of his concerts, I have always always admired the artwork on Hendrix's music materials. Explosion is definitely one of the finest pieces I have seen. Looking at this poster takes you right back to the 60's.

Rock Memorabilia - from Hats to Concert Programs

If vintage rock and roll posters aren't your thing but you love the era and want something cool to remember the 60's and 70's rock bands by, you can always find interesting and offbeat rock n' roll memorabilia on EBay too. One of my favorite things I came across recently is LYNYRD SKYNYRDS - VINTAGE STAGE WORN TOP HAT!

For all you Lynard Skynard fans you must remember that famous hat worn by Leon Wilkerson, Lynard Skynards bassist. I was fortunate to see them in concert back in the 70's at the Concord Pavilion before their tragic airplane crash. Skynards concert that day was one of the best I ever attended - a day on the green. Free Bird and Sweet Alabama I'll never forget that day. Nuthin like seeing the real thing in concert!

At least, thanks to those that save, we can still find rock memorabilia and vintage rock posters to remember those times by. And of course, the music by those awesome classic rock bands. They have truly left us a treasure trove of songs that will never get old!

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer, rock n' roll music lover, graphic designer and artist)


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    andrew 6 years ago

    Hello...Does anyone out there have any ORIGINAL bob dylan or rolling stones concert posters from 1963-66? I will $3,000 cash for each one any condition accepted! Please call 310-346-1965

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @donnatru and daydreamer13) TY! Glad you enjoyed.

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    daydreamer13 7 years ago

    Love this!

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    Donna 7 years ago from Danville, IL

    love all this stuff!

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    hello.hello) Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    You brohgt back some good memories. Thanks for the well written hub.

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Loretta) I remember that one!! That was one of the COOLEST posters!!

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    Loretta Dawson 7 years ago

    I remember the "keep on truckin" poster with the pimpin guy in the zoot suit! I loved that poster...

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    Dorsi Diaz 7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    kashmir56) Yes I used to love the black light posters. Remember the velvet Zig Zag Man poster? And the flower lights that spun?? Lol...thanks for reading and commenting!

    Lucky Cats) Wow you are probably just a wee tad older than me. I always wished I was just a little older mom would have pulled her hair out cuz I would have been out there protesting in Berkeley! How cool that you got to meet Janis Joplin...I always loved her music. I went to most of the days on the green in the 70's- boy we used to have so much fun. And like you said, we were doin crazy things but people weren't mean and crazy like they are now. Now you have to watch your back in the Bay Area, anywhere now for that matter!

    Thanks for coming by!

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    Kathy 7 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

    Dorsi...I used to attend many of the concerts in the '60' San Francisco at the Avalon Ballroom, Filmore and Filmore West and Winterland Also in the East Bay Area; Berkeley and Oakland. We used to go to the parties thrown by local rock groups; some BIG NAMES. and I met Janis Joplin on Haigh Street where I spent so much time. We went to the Straight Theatre 'after hours' when the other music was over for the night. We hung out on "hippie hill,' in GG Park. I've seen myself in several PBS documentaries about those days. I met Jim Morrison, and so many other 'icons' of the time. "Light my Fire"...oh! We 'hungout' at the "Psychedelic Shop" on Haight and spent many nights w/people we just met but, back then, it was 'ok!' because no one meant any harm and we innocent girls were never bothered. Boy, those were wonderful, whimsical and fantasy times. I used to have 100's of posters which were handed out at those concert venues as we entered the doors after paying for our tickets...back then, they'd give out apples and posters to everyone. Really amazing. Sadly, I let the posters go over the years and I had so many...because my two best girl friends and I went every weekend and during the week, too, for years. We were nuts! it was great fun! Thank you so much for stirring old memories.

    Voted UP and AWESOME! and Like on FB

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    Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

    WOW reading this hub brought back memories of those concert going days.Those posters we had back then were so awesome,black light ones were so cool !

    Thanks for the memories, great hub!!!