Besides a face tattoo of your favorite band, rock T-shirts offer the best combination of artwork and advertising, acting like a membership badge that confers insider status. Some of the earliest T-shirts made to celebrate a musician were produced by Elvis Presley’s fan clubs during the late 1950s, just as the T-shirt was becoming an emblematic style choice for rebellious teenagers.

As rock-n-roll music spread, the 1959 invention of plastisol (a durable ink designed for use on fabric) cemented the concert T-shirt’s place in history. San Francisco-based promoter Bill Graham was one of the first to recognize the rock tee’s moneymaking potential toward the end of the 1960s, when he started printing shirts for popular West Coast acts like Jefferson Airplane.

But the golden era of the rock-n-roll T-shirt really began in the 1970s, as they evolved from free swag made for a band and its crew to a collectible piece of merchandise every fan needed. During the following decades, shirts were sold at every major show and tour, typically featuring imagery that let fans easily identify themselves as followers of an artist and their music. Groups like the Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd had shirts that showcased psychedelia; punk acts like the Ramones, the Clash, and Sex Pistols went for an anarchist, DIY look; T-shirts for Ozzie Osborne, Mötley Crüe, and the Misfits featured darker and more violent graphics.

By the 1980s, fans of popular bands like the Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Van Halen, Journey, and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts all wanted their favorite artist’s faces emblazoned across their chests, as did those who liked music as diverse as Kiss, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Metallica, and David Bowie. Today, shirts for artists like Iron Maiden, the Police, and Nirvana continue to draw top dollar due to their powerful graphics and rabid fan-base. But for a true music geek, the holy grail is a concert shirt from a show you’ve actually seen in person; while many retailers make reproduction shirts, such knockoffs will always lack the “I was there” power of an authentic vintage rock shirt.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

MyVintageVogue

MyVintageVogue

The history of 20th-century women’s fashion largely played out in the pages of magazines such as “Harper’s Ba… [read review or visit site]

Remember Eddie Cochran

Remember Eddie Cochran

Eddie Cochran died in 1960 at the age of 21, but his legacy lives on at Remember Eddie Cochran. The site pays tribu… [read review or visit site]

The Black Tie Guide

The Black Tie Guide

Peter Marshall became an authority on formalwear out of necessity — he needed a tux to wear on the maiden transat… [read review or visit site]

Fashion Columbia Study Collection

Fashion Columbia Study Collection

The Fashion Columbia Study Collection (FCSC) is the digital home of the Columbia College Chicago’s fashion archiv… [read review or visit site]

Fillmore and Avalon Collection

Fillmore and Avalon Collection

Wish you'd visited San Francisco in the late 1960s? Get a quick hit with this comprehensive collection of psychedel… [read review or visit site]

1960s Fashion and Textiles

1960s Fashion and Textiles

Put on your go-go boots and check out this wavy, groovy tribute to 1960s fashion and textiles, courtesy of the Vict… [read review or visit site]

Dylanstubs.com

Dylanstubs.com

Hey babe, check out this database of over 2,900 Bob Dylan ticket stubs and concert posters, assembled with the help… [read review or visit site]

Vintage Fashion Guild

Vintage Fashion Guild

The VFG is a non-profit international educational organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of vinta… [read review or visit site]

Fashion-Era

Fashion-Era

Bursting at the seams with content, this site contains hundreds of pages of fashion and costume history, including … [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage Iron Maiden Real Live Tour 1993 Tour Long Sleeve T Shirt LargeVintage Metallica T-shirt And Justice For All Tour 1988 - Xl - Rare!!Vintage Concert T-shirt Grateful Dead 1980s Parking Lot T Baseball Sleeves NiceVintage Concert T-shirt Grateful Dead 1985 Southwest Tour Kelley Lone Indian WowVintage Concert T-shirt Grateful Dead 1986 Summer Tour Surfer Griffin Official 1Vintage Concert T-shirt Pink Floyd Big Xl 1994 Division Bell Tour Tye Dye Busy!Vintage Concert T-shirt Grateful Dead 1983 Summer Tour Rose Sunshine DaydreamVintage Concert T-shirt Grateful Dead 1988 Longbeach Show Surfer Parking Lot TVintage Concert T-shirt Grateful Dead 1980s Parking Lot Wicked Cool Skull RoseVintage Concert T-shirt Grateful Dead 1986 Official Merch Us Blues Skeleton Led Zeppelin Anvil Vintage Us Tour 1975 Icarus Black T Shirt S/slv Mens LVintage Queen 1986 A Kind Of Magic European Tour Tshirt Large Brian MayVintage Concert T-shirt Grateful Dead 1986 Official Merch Us Blues Pool FloatingLarge Mens Vintage Iron Maiden Tour T-shirt Give Me Ed 2003 Donington / 99p !!!Vintage Concert T-shirt Grateful Dead 1980s Jerry & Bob Stop On Signal Who Else?Vintage 1992 Jerry Garcia Band Tour Tshirt Xl Vintage Unworn Nos 1984 Prince Purple Rain Film Movie Rock Concert T Shirt 1980sVintage Concert T-shirt Grateful Dead 1984 Club Ed Wilbur! Of Course Of CourseMary J. Blige Vintage Rap Tour T-shirt (men's, Xl)Metallica Vintage 88/89 Tour Shirt Distressed As Is Thrash And Justice For AllNapalm Death 1999 Longsleeve Tour Shirt Size Xl AutographedPearl Jam Concert Shirt LVintage Concert T-shirt Bob Dylan 1989 Europe Tour Matchstick Statues CrumbleRush R 30 Tour Xl 2004 Black T ShirtRush - Clockwork Angels 2013 Xl Tour T ShirtRush Snakes & Arrows Tour T Shirt 2007 XlPanic! At The Disco Local Crew Shirt 2017 Doab Tour Size MediumVintage Concert T-shirt Bob Dylan 2002 World Tour Xl In Great ShapeIron Maiden Coming Home Uk Tour Shirt Final Frontier 2011Paul Mccartney T-shirt Size M Tour Chaos And Creation In The BackyardPearl Jam Shirt 2006 Tour Women's Size MediumPearl Jam Shirt 2010 Tour Women's Size MediumAlice Cooper Tour T-shirt Lot (3 Total)Rush 30th Anniversary Tour T-shirt Size LargeBritney Spears Femme Fatal Tour 2011 Concert T-shirt Front Back Pictures Sz MGwen Stefani Tour T Shirt. Black. Men's L.The Cult "electric" Choose Your Weapon Concert Tour Shirt 2016 Fire WomanIron Maiden Rare 1985 Radio City Concert Shirt Jersey Sz M 80s World SlaveryLeeway Og 1991 Tour Hugger Shirt Vintage Bad Brains Cro Mags Judge BoldDio Dream Evil Original Concert T-shirt White Concert Tee Vintage 80s Mens Sz MJudge Og 1991 Stormin Through Zip Up Hoodie Vintage Shirt Tour Gorilla BiscuitsVintage Paper Thin Talking Heads 1983 Tour Shirt Garbage - Rare Box Set - Mexico 2012 Tour / Lp /t Shirt /poster / Pin / PuzzleGuns N Roses 2016 Wa Concert Collection. Poster, 5 Guitar Pick, Setlist, Tshirt Sepultura Og Beneath The Remains 1989 Tour Shirt Vintage Slayer Venom MetallicaIron Maiden Og 1983 Piece Of Mind Crew Shirt Tour Vintage Jacket SatinIron Maiden World Piece Tour Concert Shirt, 3/4 Sleeves, LSunn O))) Rather Grimm Euro Tour Shirt Sz S Savage Pencil Rare 2005 Drone DoomCro Mags Og 1991 Tour Shirt Vintage Bad Brains Judge Leeway Youth Of Today BoldMotorhead Vintage Original Shirt From The Concert Tour Lemmy 10th AnniversaryVtg 80s Youth Of Today Concert Distressed T-shirt M/l Punk Rock Gorilla BiscuitsPink Floyd Shirt Vintage Tshirt 1994 Division Bell Tour Concert Tee Rock 1990sDeep Purple Original Vintage 1987 T-shirt Blue Light Tour Size LVintage Ratt Patrol Tour Shirt 1985 Hair Metal Rock X- Large W/tkt Stub Metallica And Justice For All Og Australia/nz/japan 88-89 Tour ShirtLife Of Pablo Tour Shirt Kanye West Mens Size Medium Yeezy White Saint PabloRare Vintage Agnostic Front Today Tomorrow 1990 Tour Longsleeve Shirt HardcorePxg Tour ShirtOingo Boingo Shirt Good For Your Soul 1983 Concert Tour Rare Wake Up It's 1984 Cro Mags Og 1991 Tour Shirt Vintage Bad Brains Judge Leeway Youth Of Today Bold