Thursday, October 22, 2009

Every Picture Tells A Story

Logo from Rock Art Show's online store.


Rock Art Show, the website run by Scott Segelbaum that features music-related art, photos, and posters, has just announced the opening of its new online store.


I’ve had a chance to view Rock Art Show’s wares in person the past two years when its traveling exhibit came to the Arlington Park Racetrack. It’s a fascinating collection of art by musicians like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Entwistle, and Jimi Hendrix; as well as live performance and portrait photography, album cover art, and posters by artists like Bob Masse, Scotty C, and Karl Farris.


This year when I dropped by the Rock Art Show, I struck up a conversation with Segelbaum, who was happy to talk about the various works on display. He introduced me to Ron Campbell, the director and animator of The Beatles Saturday morning cartoon show. It was a thrill to watch Campbell working on an original Beatles portrait while we talked. A number of Campbell’s pieces are available through the online store.

Rock Art Show tends to focus on classic acts like Pink Floyd, The Who, The Beatles, and Aerosmith, although some newer bands like U2 and The Police are represented as well. There was an interesting early poster advertising an upcoming gig by Bob Dylan, on which his last name is misspelled. Masse is particularly noteworthy for his eye-popping use of Art Nouveau and vibrant colors. His Women Of Rock poster was one of my favorites. Scotty C’s elaborate renditions of The Doors and John Lennon are also impressive.


In addition to the art, photography, and posters, the online store sells framed gold records, handwritten lyrics, and concert programs. It’s still a work in progress, but hopefully will be fully stocked in time for Christmas shopping. And if the Rock Art Show comes to your area, I highly recommend checking it out.

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