Rock music movies have been big in Hollywood since the 1950s. Posters from such rock films as Go, Johnny, Go!, Don't Knock the Rock, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Woodstock, Purple Rain, The Concert for Bangladesh and Yellow Submarine are huge with collectors.
Rock music movies abound in Hollywood, tracing their origins back to the 1950s. Rock music movie posters are always huge with collectors and can sell for big bucks in the Hollywood/music memorabilia marketplace. Here are ten rock movie posters from across the decades that are sure to "shake up" discerning collectors...
Go, Johnny, Go! (1959) Insert Movie Poster
Go, Johnny, Go! – gotta love that title! – was released by Hal Roach Studios in 1959. The movie features quite a lineup of early rock 'n' roll stars, including Chuck Berry, Jimmy Clanton, Ritchie Valens, the Flamingoes, the Cadillacs, Jackie Wilson and Eddie Cochran. Presiding over the rock 'n' roll festivities is legendary DJ Alan Freed. An insert poster (14x36-inches) in folded very fine- condition sold at auction for $382.40.
Go, Johnny, Go! insert poster $382.40
Rock Baby Rock It (1957) One Sheet Movie Poster
Johnny Carroll, Preacher Smith and the Deacons, Cell Block Seven, Kay Wheeler and The Five Stars headline this rock 'n' roll film released by Freebar in 1957. A standard one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in folded very fine+ condition "rocked" its way to a winning bid of $161.33 at auction.
Don't Knock the Rock (1957) One Sheet Movie Poster
Bill Haley and His Comets are the featured act in this frantic rock 'n' roll film released by Columbia Pictures in 1957. A one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in folded very fine condition climbed the music charts at auction, selling for $143.40.
Don't Knock the Rock one sheet poster $143.40
Mad Dogs & Englishmen (1971) One Sheet Movie Poster
Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Rita Coolidge and Bobby Keys head the lineup in this rock extravaganza released by MGM in 1971. A one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in rolled fine/very fine condition brought $79 at auction.
Woodstock (1970) One Sheet Movie Poster
The legendary Woodstock concert and its gaggle of performers – Jimi Hendrix, Joan Baez, Country Joe and the Fish, Ten Years After, et al., – come alive in this documentary film produced by Warner Brothers in 1970. A one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in folded very fine+ condition garnered its own "high" at auction, selling for $107.55.
Woodstock one sheet poster $107.55
Pink Floyd: The Wall (1982) One Sheet Movie Poster
Alan Parker directed this film featuring Bob Geldof as troubled rock star Pink. The film is based on Pink Floyd's 1979 double album The Wall. A one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in folded mint condition brought $227.05 at auction.
Purple Rain (1984) One Sheet Movie Poster
Prince heads the cast in this legendary rock film released by Warner Brothers in 1984. A one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in folded near mint condition sold at auction for $38.
Purple Rain one sheet poster $38
Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965) One Sheet Movie Poster
Gerry and the Pacemakers head this British Invasion movie released by United Artists in 1965. A one sheet poster (27x41-inches) in folded fine/very fine condition brought $36 at auction.
The Concert for Bangladesh (1972) Japanese STB Movie Poster
George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Badfinger and Leon Russell head this rock documentary on the legendary relief concert for Bangladesh. A Japanese STB poster (20x58-inches) in rolled very fine condition sold at auction for a reasonable $26.
The Concert for Bangladesh Japanese poster $26
Yellow Submarine (1968) British Quad Movie Poster
The Beatles star in this charming animated film released by United Artists in 1968. A restored British quad poster (30x40-inches) in fine condition on linen sailed to a winning bid of $1,613.25 at auction.
Yellow Submarine British quad poster $1,613.25
Rock Music Movie Poster Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Rock, Rock, Rock! (1956) half sheet movie poster (22x28-inches) $101.58
Copyright © 2012 William J. Felchner