Monday, November 27, 2017

Tuesday Treasures

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

October 2017 - Toronto ON

Exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario AGO.

Step into this temporary exhibit of classic 1960s music posters and you’ll instantly travel back to groovier times.

Titled Rise of the Rock Poster: San Francisco in the 1960s, this exhibition of 35 rock posters features some very recognizable names: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, The Doors and more. And almost all the posters are from 1967, a.k.a. the Summer of Love, and San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. These posters, which promoted music events and artists (there were often three to five concerts happening every night in the Bay Area in the ’60s – that’s a lot of posters!), act as snapshots of the era’s style, interests, politics, fashion and youth culture.

By the late 1960s, the Bay Area was at the forefront of the hippie counterculture movement. Everything that was cool, young, rebellious and experimental came from San Francisco – especially music. In the city, concert posters emerged as a new, youth-driven art form. Their trippy colours, drug references and illegible lettering were like a secret language, declaring, “If you don’t get it, it’s because it’s not for you.” On the surface, these posters provide an intriguing archive of bands and concerts. But a closer look reveals an art form at the intersection of important trends in politics, design, fashion and youth culture, one that offers insight into the ideals, concerns and beliefs of the 1960s.


  1. ...groovier, dang you are OLD! Me too! Thanks for the look back

  2. Music always brings back long forgotten memories. Love the posters. My brother lived in Oakland during the 60s and worked at the stables in Golden Gate Park. He got to see so many of the greats in concert. Some before they were famous.


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