With a collection like ours, it’s obvious we have a love for rock and roll memorabilia. Once you begin to trace your way through rock history, you realize how multi-faceted it truly is and how impactful its influence has been on our society. There are so many corners to explore in the world of rock, and perhaps it’s that diversity that is so appealing; not to mention, of course, the attitude, imagery and boundless creative energy you can find in the music and culture itself. So, here are 4 things we love about rock and roll memorabilia!
Rock and roll is an umbrella term for a smorgasbord of subgenres. There’s so much to explore that it’s almost overwhelming! That, however, is one of the great things about the rock and roll memorabilia – sifting through old handbills, programs, and posters you’ll see historic lineups for concerts or festivals and discover names of groups or artists you’d never heard of. Therein lies the fun, the almost archeological payoff of rock and roll history.
Rock and roll memorabilia is bristling with attitude, the kind that leaps off the page or out of the song and strikes you as utterly authentic. Even the music or counter-culture magazines like ZigZag and OZ are filled with hot takes, taboo concepts, daring imagery, and boundary-pushing ideas. Whether it was Elvis Presley, the Beatles, or the Sex Pistols, rock and roll was about going against the mainstream and sticking it to the man.
Speaking of the attitude in imagery, just pick up any piece of rock and roll memorabilia and you’ll almost certainly be struck by the beautiful album covers, posters, and more. Take the concerts of Bill Graham, the infamous show promoter, whose handbills and postcards are some of the most incredible displays of 60s rock and roll aesthetic. Regardless of where you look, the attitude of rock and roll goes hand in hand with its imagery.
What do we say here? If one thing is for certain, rock and roll memorabilia is filled with enormous creative energy. Music and art go hand in hand, which is why there were so many fruitful relationships between bands and visual artists. Even the journalism culture of the time was turned on by rock and roll and was inspired to push the envelope in a more restrictive society, using rock and roll as an impetus for change. History jumps off the pages in our rock and roll memorabilia, telling story after story of a not-so-distant past. Come by the shop, or visit our online shop, and check it out for yourself!