Design: Music Movie Posters

What’s the criteria here? Movies with a plot that just happens to have a bunch of bands playing between the action. The big one was 1956’s Rock Around the Clock featuring Bill Haley and his Comets, The Platters, Freddie Bell and the Bellboys, et al. When producers saw that they could make some cash off this new Rock n’ Roll thing, everybody got their own movie how else can you explain Shake, Rattle & Roll’s feature players being Choker Campbell (?). The Girl Can’t Help It revitalized things a bit featuring Gene Vincent, Little Richard and Eddie Cochran, among others and is pretty good. And then came British Invasion. Thought to be another flash-in-the-pan band, Richard Lester directed The Beatles in A Hard Days Night like his life depended on it. It’s great, and funny and well….it’s got The Beatles! After that, the floodgates were open again, The Dave Clark 5 and Gerry & the Pacemakers both had starring roles, as did Freddie and the Dreamers. And finally, check out country music’s answer to the trend with Nashville Rebel starring Tex Ritter, Loretta Lynn and introducing Waylon Jennings. Most share a similar design ethic – toss as many band names and pictures as possible and finish it of with some crazy type – perfect.

Rock Around the Clock - 1956

Don't Knock the Rock - 1956

Shake, Rattle and Roll - 1956

The Girl Can't Help It - 1956

Rock All Night - 1956

Get Yourself a College Girl - 1964

A Hard Days Night - 1964

Ferry Cross the Mersey - 1965

Having a Wild Weekend - 1965

The Dave Clark 5, Short - 1965

Seaside Swingers - 1965

Nashville Rebel - 1965


Posted on January 15, 2012, in Graphic Design, Music and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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