My love affair with rock posters began in the late 1960s, when I spent as many weekends as I could with a friend who lived in San Francisco. Whenever we were allowed, we’d hang out in his older sister’s bedroom, where the walls were covered with rock posters, mostly from the nearby Avalon Ballroom. I’m pretty sure she had a poster known as the Snake Lady, as well as the Woman with Green Hair and Dian. Naturally I had a pre-teen crush on my pal’s older sister, but she was way out of my league, so the posters became the objects of my desire.
New Year’s Eve posters soon became my favorite subset of rock posters, the catalyst for that narrow passion being my first New Year’s Eve concert in 1970 (the full story of that youthful escapade is here). The great David Singer created the memorable image for that concert, as he was one of the Fillmore’s main artists at that time. To see his 1970/1971 poster, as well as other New Year’s Eve images from 1966 to 2012 (the one above is by Emek), check out the slideshow below. My list (updated for 2013) is purely subjective, so feel free to link to your favorites in the Comments box below.
Slideshow: Four Decades of New Year’s Eve Art
Known as "Ship," this 1966 poster by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley was the first New Year's Eve poster at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. Photo: dking-gallery.com
(Photos: dking-gallery.com; emek.net; makemyday.free.fr; mule.net; petersonland.com; ryankerrigan.com; concertposterauction.com; voodoocatbox.com; insidetherockposterframe.com; chucksperry.net; zenmysticstudio.com)