New Photo Book: "Rock 'N' Roll Billboards Of The Susnet Strip" Out Now.
The Sunset Strip, circa 1967. A pioneering billboard featuring the Doors, then just a local band, is unveiled above the historic Château Marmont. Buffalo Springfield calls it right: “There’s something happening here…what it is ain’t exactly clear.” What was happening then is now absolutely clear: rock ‘n’ roll and the kids who lived it were coming of age – right there on the Sunset Strip. And, as if to define the era, a few independent minds in the music industry posted giant, temporary monuments that said it all. Larger-than-life, hand-painted homages to rock: billboards. In Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip, author/photographer Robert Landau showcases these signs of the time, a time when rock was the most important music ever recorded, when youth, politics, and art merged to turn counterculture into mainstream culture. Inspired by the art in his Hollywood neighborhood, Landau grabbed his camera and began shooting, a kid destined to be a professional photographer.