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”)

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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

While primarily designed to steer buyers to online vintage clothing shops, this blog is chock full of interesting, … [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]

The Antique Corset Gallery

The Antique Corset Gallery

Take a deep breath, and check out this sparse, simple, and beautifully designed site showcasing 250 years of corset… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Most watched eBay auctions    

Vintage Cycling Jersey Shirt '60s Salvarani Yellow Tour Maglia Bici CiclismoOriginal Vintage Iron Maiden Tour Shirt Usa 1988 Vintage 1989 Bad Brains Concert T Shirt Quickness Tour Punk Rock T ShirtVintage Rolling Stones 1981 Concert T Shirt !!!!!!!!!!!!!Original Morrissey 1991 Kill Uncle Tour Tee-shirt Vintage Rare T-shirtIron Maiden - Super Rare 1980 British Tour Shirt Tee - OriginalOriginal Morrissey 1992 Charles Richardson Your Arsena Tour Vintage Rare T-shirtVintage 1982 Journey,santana,hagar, World Music Festival Concert T Shirt !!!!!!Vintage 1991 The Manic Street Preachers 'love's Sweet Exile' T-shirt Xl 90s TourIron Maiden - Super Rare 1981 Killer Tour Crew Shirt Tee - OriginalVintage 90s Hole T-shirt M Courtney Love Tour Concert Kurt Cobain Nirvana GrungeOriginal Morrissey 1991 Edith Sitwell Kill Uncle Tour Vintage Rare T-shirtVintage 1981 Reo,heart,foghat World Music Festival Concert T Shirt !!!!!!Official Yeezus Usa Tour Shirt T-shirtVintage Morrissey 1991 Long Sleeve T-shirt Size Xl Tour Concert The Smiths VeganBiohazard Vintage Tour Shirt Nyhc Type O Negative Life Of Agony MadballZz Top 1970s Vintage Original Promo (?) Concert Tour (?) T-shirtVintage 1996 The Smashing Pumpkins Tour Concert T-shirt Sz Xl Mellon Collie 90sVintage 1990's Melvins Frank Kozik Jesus Lizard Nirvana Tour Concert T-shirtVintage 1984 Ratt Patrol Out Of The Cellar Tour T-shirtAlice In Chains Long Sleeve Tour Concert Shirt T-shirt Skeleton Rare 90's GrungeOriginal Official Iron Maiden Tank T-shirt Somewhere In Time Tour (feat. Wasp)Original Vintage Iron Maiden Tour Shirt Europe 1983Original Vintage Iron Maiden Tour Shirt Maiden Voyage 84Original Morrissey 1991 Kill Uncle Tour Tee-bona Drag Shirt Vintage Rare T-shirtVintage Kinks 1981 Concert T Shirt !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Megadeth Tour Shirt 1987 Peace Sells + 1994 Youthanasia Halloween: 2 Rare ShirtsVintage 1989 La Guns Sex Booze & Tattoo Cocked & Loaded Tour Shirt Black UsedRare Vintage The Rolling Stones Europe €Vtg 1988 La Guns No Mercy Electric Gypsy Tour Concert Shirt Deadstock Xl Rare!!!Yeezus Tour Shirt LargeVintage Judas Priest Iron Maiden 1982 Screaming Vengeance Concert T ShirtRare Converge Mastodon Isis "extreme The Dojo" Japan Medium Tour ShirtVintage 1990's Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream Concert Tour T-shirtVintage 70's Original Black Sabbath Concert T Shirt Raglan Sleeves Cut OffOzzy Osbourne Vintage Concert T-shirt LargeMotley Crue The Final Tour T Shirt XlRare Vintage 90s Hole T-shirt Womens Courtney Love Kurt Cobain Nirvana TourJohn Lennon/yoko Ono "one To One" Concert Held On Aug. 30, 1972...t-shirtVtg Megadeth 1987 Peace Sells Concert Tour Shirt Xl Thrash Metal Metallica Mint!Vintage Metallica Metal Up Your Ass Tour Concert Tour Shirt Mens LargeOriginal Official Queen T-shirt The Magic Tour 1986Vtg Soundgarden 1991 Badmotorfinger Concert Tour Shirt Xl EucExclusive Coffin Tour Johnny Cupcakes T-shirt: Men's Medium Big Kid DraculaVintage Motley Crue Concert ShirtSiouxsie And The Banshees Concert T-shirt, 1986Vintage 1989 The Rolling Stones 'sticky Fingers' T-shirt L 80s Tour Mick JaggerRare Vintage The Rolling Stones Tour Concert T-shirt Sz L Mick Jagger MelbourneVintage Roxy Music T-shirt Records 80's The High Road Usa 1983 Tour Rock RareOriginal Vintage Iron Maiden Tour Shirt Fear Of The Dark LiveReplacements Concert T-shirt Men's LargeVtg 1987 Def Leppard Hysteria Concert Tour Shirt L Euc Mint!!!Vtg 1988 Frank Zappa Music Is The Best Raglan Tour Concert T-shirt Xs/s Made UsaVtg 1988 Metallica Damaged Justice Concert Tour Shirt Xl Megadeth Mint!!!Vtg W.a.s.p 1980s Metal T Shirt F Like A Beast 80s L Wasp Slayer Tour Concert Vtg 1992 White Zombie La Sexorcisto Concert Tour Shirt Xl Rob Zombie Metal 666 Vintage 1982 Journey Tour Concert Raglan T Shirt Medium Rock 80sOriginal Official Helloween T-shirt Dr Stein European TourOfficial 2011 Iron Maiden World Tour T ShirtVintage 1980s 50/50 The Doors Jim Morrison An American Poet Concert Tour T-shirt