Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip (and the 991 Staircase)

The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)

In January 1967, a billboard promoting the debut album of LA rock band The Doors appeared on the Sunset Strip. It was a landmark moment in the history of music promotion, and ushered in an era lasting 15 years where hand-painted billboards promoting popular rock 'n' roll bands dominated the Strip. Photographer Robert Landau began taking pictures of the billboards in the late-Sixties.

"The image of the Beatles strolling across Abbey Road, just steps from my home,” writes Landau, “spoke to me with a surreal immediacy. I knew I wanted to capture what I was feeling, so I began photographing the billboards. The Sunset Strip became my subject and my own walk-in/drive-through gallery.”



The excerpts written by Robert Landau are taken from his book Rock 'n' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip, published by Angel City Press (2012). The book also features interviews with the musicians, record producers, designers and painters behind the Sunset Strip billboards.

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Picture: Robert Landau/ Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards/ Angel City Press

Read the full article here at the Telegraph.

We thought we'd take this opportunity to share our life-size Beatles climbing the 991 staircase…

BTL Stairs


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