When I was in Boston recently, one thing I was on the lookout for was any cool show posters -- you know, the kind taped or stapled to the outer door of a record store or community bulletin board in a well-trafficked area. Sadly, I didn't spot any, but that's probably because someone else snapped 'em up first.
The best posters are the hand-made ones that were obviously designed and printed with care -- silkscreened, color printed, usually featuring original artwork that may or may not have something to do with the featured band. These are the ones that I'd stake out on the record store wall, then grab for myself as soon as the show date had passed (no sooner, obviously).
I recently rediscovered my treasure trove of music posters, and these are the ones I want to feature on one of my walls, for both the artwork and memories of those long-ago rock club shows. For the past couple of weeks I've been picking out the best ones, framing and setting them aside for future hanging. There are also many, many more that will have to remain in storage for now, since were I to hang up all the posters I have, my apartment would look like a record store. (And areas of it are already uncomfortably close to looking like that...)
Anyway, here are a few of my favorites.