Gig Flyers As Art and Social History

David Esminger has obviously spent a lot of time staring at utility poles, construction barriers and club walls.  Over the years, he’s come to regard the graphics used on flyers to promote gigs as art.

Collecting the best of this stuff, he’s published Visual Vitriol:  The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation.  As visual histories of these scenes go, it’s more revealing that you might otherwise expect.

For example, this artwork offers some insight into the prescene of gays, lesbians, African-Americans, women and Latinos in these subcultures and how their influence affected certain aspects of music culture.

Read an interview with David here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “Gig Flyers As Art and Social History

  • October 17, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Great post, Alan. Corrosion of Conformity… wow… *feels old*

    Because I'm a packrat, I collected a bunch of passes from clubs/bars back in the 90s, and I threw them onto an area of my site.

    This post reminds me of that. Check it out!


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