The more controversial the copy, the bigger turnout at the gig?
There’s no shortage of passionate collectors for these rarities. Probably because there are so freakin’ many of them.
A different one for each gig.
Sometimes different colors and designs for the same gig.
They changed when the band played the same venue just on a different night.
Cut and pasted together on coffee tables and in basements, most looked like ransom notes, this early art form was usually in the hands of the band members themselves.
In the case of GNR, you see a lot of Slash’s own handiwork.
He was the resident artist and designer at the time.
He had a great eye for typography and graphics, having created logos for his various bands since high school.
See my last post on his first band, Tidus Sloan
Flyers were created to be distributed on the street as handouts, nailed to telephone poles and taped to the walls of clubs. Back in the early 80’s, they littered the streets of LA.
For those who held onto them as souvenirs, they can sell these days for pretty decent money, depending on the date, condition and venue.
Here’s a handful from my collection. I’m sure not as extensive as other collections out there. But..I’m a bit of a beginner.