The Rolling Stones, 'Tattoo You', 1981. Original promo poster by Peter Corriston, who also designed the iconic sleeve artwork for Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti'. This is one of hundreds of classic rock 'n' roll designs to be found at www.rock-explosion.com.
Original poster advertising The Rolling Stones' 1981 American tour. In the first deal of its kind, Rockbill International brought together the Stones and fragrance company Jovan in a multi-million dollar tour sponsorship, with their logo printed on concert tickets and posters.
The original pre-release poster advertising Paul Weller's 1995 'Stanley Road' album. The sleeve was designed by Peter Blake, of 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' fame. See more iconic tour posters at www.rock-explosion.com.
Bryan Ferry, 'Slave To Love', original promo poster, 1985. A tribute to the Hollywood movie posters of the 1940s, this kinky design, with its intimations of bondage, generated complaints at the time. Sleeve design by Antony Price, Bryan Ferry and Simon Puxley.
The Specials, 'The Specials', 1979, original Chrysalis promo poster. Note the advertising slug - "includes the hit 'Gangsters'" - a snapshot in time of the label hurrying to keep pace with the snowballing success of the band's debut single.
Siouxsie And The Banshees, US tour poster, 1986. West Coast underground comic and poster designer Victor Moscoso was a serious artist, having studied at Yale and the San Francisco Art Institute, where he became a tutor. Moscoso's contrasting colors and vibrating edges were influenced by the Bauhaus school's Josef Albers, Moscoso's teacher at Yale.
Grace Jones, 'Slave To The Rhythm', Manhattan promo poster, design by Jean Paul Goude. Released in 1985, 'Slave To The Rhythm' was a concept album that featured interviews with Jones as well as actor Ian McShane - of 'Lovejoy' fame - reciting passages from Jean-Paul Goude's biography 'Jungle Fever'.
"Grab the future... by its face!" A slightly shoddy UK poster advertising The Clash's 1980 semi-rockumentary, 'Rude Boy'. The band members were so disenchanted with the film that they had badges made up stating, "I don't want Rude Boy Clash Film".
Ringo Starr, as photographed by Richard Avedon in 1967. The previous year had seen the release of 'Revolver', which included one of Starr's few lyrical contributions to The Beatles' songwriting. John Lennon was struggling to finish 'Eleanor Rigby', until Starr suggested the evocative line, "Darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there".
The Smiths, 'The Queen Is Dead', original Rough Trade tour poster, 1986. The cover star is a wounded Alain Delon in 1964 film noir 'L'Insoumis'. The poster was designed by Morrissey himself.
A very rare poster advertising 'The Punk Rock Movie', starring The Clash and The Sex Pistols, a rough-and-ready documentary put together in 1978 by Don Letts, the DJ at London's The Roxy club during the early days of the punk rock movement.
A heavily solarized portrait of Paul McCartney, shot by US photographic artist Richard Avedon in 1967. Avedon shot all four Beatles in the same style, creating one of the first major rock poster series.
Elvis Costello, 'My Aim Is True', 1977, original STIFF Records promo poster. The backing band on the album was made up of members of the band Clover, which included Huey Lewis, who went on to find fame in the 80s with his own band The News ('Power Of Love', 'Hip To Be Square').
John Lennon on the Ed Sullivan Show, shot by Ken Regan. The Beatles appeared on the show on three consecutive Sundays in February 1964, earning $4000 a time. The broadcast drew an estimated 73 million viewers, at the time a record for an American TV program.
A very rare in-store promo piece advertising David Bowie's 1977 'Lodger' album. To suggest Bowie falling, a special table was constructed, which was obscured by the poster. The striking cover was a collaboration between Bowie, British pop artist Derek Boshier and the photographer Duffy.
A heavily solarized portrait of John Lennon, shot by US photographic artist Richard Avedon in 1967. Avedon shot all four Beatles in the same style, creating one of the first major rock poster series.
The Beatles, 'A Hard Day's Night', 1964, original British quad poster by Robert Freeman. An experienced jazz photographer, Freeman met The Beatles in August 1963 and subsequently photographed and designed five of their album covers ('Meet The Beatles', 'A Hard Day's Night', 'Beatles For Sale', 'Help!', 'Rubber Soul').
A poster advertising Johnny Cash's Rick Rubin-produced 'Unchained' album, 1996. The famous photograph was taken by Jim Marshall at Cash's 1969 San Quentin prison gig. Marshall asked the country star for "something for the warden", inspiring this iconic image of rebellion.
George Harrison, shot by US photographic artist Richard Avedon. It was Harrison who, in Paris in the early weeks of 1964, during a 19-night season at the Olympia music hall, bought the copy of Bob Dylan's Freewheelin' that was to change the way the Beatles thought about songwriting.
Jimi Hendrix, 'Explosion', by Martin Sharp, 1967, based on a photograph by Linda McCartney. As 'OZ' magazine's Art Director, Sharp became a defining artist of the era, here finding the perfect visual expression for Hendrix's revolutionary sonic explosion.
The very rare Sex Pistols poster was first printed for an exhibition of designer Jamie Reid's work in 1986 at Hamilton's Gallery, London. The original artwork was made in 1978 as a prop for Pistols mockumentary 'The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle'.
Diana Ross, original Paris concert poster, 1973. Ross had enjoyed huge success with her portrayal of Billie Holiday in 'Lady Sings The Blues' the previous year (hence the white Gardenia). The soundtrack album reached No.1 in the UK.
The original poster for David Bowie's 1974 'Diamond Dogs' album, artwork by Guy Peellaert. Mick Jagger had shown Bowie his Peellaert collection at his house. Bowie, impressed, immediately commissioned the artist to create his 'Diamond Dogs' album cover, stealing a march on The Stones who were to feature Peellaert's artwork on their own album 'It's Only Rock'n'Roll' later that year.
The original tour poster from The Clash's White Riot Tour, 1977, which doubled as a plug for the band's self-titled debut album. American photographer Kate Simon took the famous shot of the three in an alleyway in Camden Market. For more classic rock n' roll images like this, head to www.rock-explosion.com.
Blondie, shot by NME protographer Chalkie Davies in 1977, around the release of hit single 'Denis', a cover version of Randy And The Rainbows' 1963 hit. Interesting fact: Blondie (the band) originally went by the name Angel And The Snake.
The Rolling Stones, 'Beggar's Banquet', original promo poster, 1968, Photography by Michael Joseph. The band originally wanted the album sleeve to depict a graffiti-covered toilet but their label, Decca, vetoed the idea.
A very rare original standee version of the infamous S&M billboard poster put up by Atlantic Records on LA's Sunset Boulevard to promote The Rolling Stones' 1976 album 'Black And Blue'. The caption read "I'm black and blue from the Rolling Stones - and I love it!". Protests soon brought it down.
David Bowie, 'Aladdin Sane', original RCA promo poster, 1973. Bowie's makeup was created by Pierre Laroche, who also did the makeup for the film 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show'.
A poster advertising The Sex Pistols' debut single 'Anarchy In The UK', 1976. The original flag, photographed by Ray Stevenson, was tiny (just 8" by 4") but once pinned, clipped and distressed, designer Jamie Reid knew he had a potent image on his hands.