1960s Rock Posters Get Hot, Confusion is Rollin'By Mark Chervenka
1960s Rock Posters Get Hot, Confusion is Rollin'
Rock and psychedelic posters from the 1960s - 70s have become high priced art. Prices are particularly strong for posters featuring artists before they became superstars like Jimi Hendrix and Janice Joplin. With fairly ordinary originals bringing $200-$500 and rarities selling for $1,000 and up, inexpensive reproductions have become widespread. New look-alike posters that copy the old style are also being made.
Separating new from old requires special knowledge. Sometimes the only difference between editions (and up to a one thousand percent value swing) is the paper or cardboard stock on which the poster is printed. Knowledge of other small details like the printer's name, colors of ink and method of printing are also required for authentication and determining value.
One of America's top specialists in this field is J. Kastor, co-owner of Psychedelic Solution in New York. Kastor's shop specializes in psychedelic rock posters of the 1960-70s and maintains a file on fakes, imitations and reprints.
"Buyers are just starting to realize how very small the original editions were in number," Kastor told ACRN by phone. "Some pieces only exist in the hundreds. Far fewer pieces were originally made than in almost any other field. The death of Jerry Garcia (of the Grateful Dead) increased the interest in rock related items and prices for originals are really moving."
For further reading, Art of Rock by Paul Grushkin, 3rd edition and Bill Graham Presents: Art of the Filmore by J. Kastor.