Spotlight

The 6 best rock and roll prints

 

Charting the nonchalant glam of rock and roll stars from the Sixties to the emergence of alternative styles in the Seventies and pop idols of the Eighties, our music prints aim to strike a chord. From our collection of over 200 music-inspired prints, we've curated an edit of six bestselling photographs, graphics and paintings. Drum roll please!

Life on Mars - David Bowie by Reign & Hail

Imaginative, surreal and provocative, David Bowie’s music dreams of a world beyond our reality that makes his lyrics and style poignant to this day. Similarly, the artist Reign & Hail is inspired by the artistry of music and pays homage to the greatest musicians and their lyrics in bold, typographic prints. The Modern, minimalist design has a compelling power and the simple meaning instantly resonates with music lovers.

Celebrate a love of music in your home or give a meaningful gift from our collection of Reign & Hail prints featuring iconic musicians and their best-loved songs. You can also read more about the creator of Reign & Hail in our interview with James Earnshaw.

Elvis, 1963 (Triple Elvis) by Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol’s panache for translating icons of popular culture into accessible and often comic images, plays with surface appearance and hidden layers. Warhol created the original Triple Elvis painting in 1963 by looking at a publicity photograph of Elvis from his movie, Flaming Star. The zany figures create a holographic quality like motion film and the monochrome sheen appears to box the rock and roll singer- turned Western actor- within Hollywood’s silver screen.

Our Triple Elvis print is published by King & McGaw in partnership with The Andy Warhol Foundation and if you like this concept, check out our Double Elvis prints or ten Marilyn Monroes!  

Debbie Harry (Rainbow), limited edition by VeeBee

A recent addition to the VeeBee collection welcomes a multicoloured limited edition silkscreen print of Debbie Harry. On close inspection of the print, it is a wonder how the kaleidoscope of colours blend into a harmonious and almost photographic image when displayed at a distance. There is a notable likeness in the deep eyes beneath Harry’s messy fringe, pouted lips and striking cheekbones that celebrates the seventies star, with a contemporary filter. 

Like our sold-out collection of VeeBee Kate Moss prints, this limited edition of 50 is proving popular for its exciting design and impressive size (80cm x 80cm framed) that adds a ‘wow’ factor to any home. 

The Who, 1965 by David Wedgbury

In the 1960s, photographer David Wedgbury captured an array of famous faces including this edgy bird’s-eye-view image of The Who, used on their debut album cover, ‘My Generation.’ During this era, photography across the media was becoming more dynamic and the band’s aesthetic was influential as it grew out of mod subculture’s high fashion, shaggy hairstyles and scooters for transport.

This iconic print offers a great piece of music and social nostalgia. We work in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery to faithfully colour-match or prints with the original photograph and every purchase supports the work of the gallery. 

Bob Dylan, May 1966, Mirrorpix

The snap of Bob Dylan strolling past a window in May 1966 is effortlessly cool. This period in time when the photograph was taken signalled the last month of Dylan’s world tour so the casual, unprecedented still captures a moment of isolation for the folk singer amid tour life.

Made Instagram famous by many interior design bloggers and music aficionados alike, this print is versatile and often styled in Scandi-inspired interiors because of the stripped-back, black and white aesthetic. If you’re considering a collection of prints to make a gallery wall or theme in your home, discover the New Retro collection which encompasses hints of nostalgia for those who remember the era and retro styling for the next generation.

Prince, November 1984, Mirrorpix

“Purple rain, Purple rain 

I only wanted to see you

Bathing in the purple rain”

Arguably one of the most powerful love ballads of all time, Prince performed this song on stage at the Joe Louis Arena, Chicago, during The Purple Rain Tour in 1984. This photographic print from our Mirrorpix archives captures an endearing image of Prince with his Eighties hair and cheeky smile as he bites his finger for the crowd. For fans of the Prince of Pop who was taken far too soon, this print is a testament to Prince’s playful and enigmatic character.

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