Yeah yeah yeah

I’ve got more music posters than I know what to do with already, scrounged from outside venues or music shops (or even in the case of The Sex Pistols peeled off a wall light at night after they’d just been stuck up!). Even so if I had the money this would be hard to resist; an original Japanese poster for the 1964 release there of Hard Day’s Night. It’s an amazing design, managing to be both classy and exotic at the same time. I’m always fond of a bit of CMYK splitting (although the green is obviously a cheat) and really like the way they’ve applied this to the four figures. I’m not sure of the small drawings of girl fans are original or lifted from a British poster, or why they’ve added the music stave, but who cares. The Beatles logo I think was used a lot on America, so that probably reflects where the deal was done. Then just a small colour photo of the band along the bottom and a nice photo of fans. We’re unlikely to ever know who put it together but hats off. I found it on a site covering an upcoming auction of Beatles memorabilia which I forgot to bookmark! I’m not even much of a Beatles collector, although there is a nice Beatles single carrier on the site and some smart Beatles Pop Stamps too.

About simon robinson

Having worked as a graphic designer in the music industry, mainly in the reissue sector, I now concentrate on the design and publication of books about popular culture - and even write some of them.
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