I think if you did a census, a huge percentage of graphic designers arrived in their profession either directly because of, or were heavily influenced by, album and show poster artwork. Show posters are one of my absolute favorite things to design, and I know many others who feel the same way. I remember the first time I went to the Filmore in San Francisco, I was absolutely blown away by the history represented by the hundreds of show posters framed on the wall. Everyone from the Greatful Dead to No Doubt. Incredible.
American Artifact is a documentary about the history of the American rock poster from it’s origins in the 60’s to present day. It is scheduled for release on June 20th, 2009. I can’t wait.