Photographer and alumnus Robert Landau chronicles the Sunset Strip’s rock billboards
November 11, 2012
Billboard rock royalty on the Sunset Strip
Photographer Robert Landau chronicles the history of larger-than-life advertisements for pop musicians.
Video may have killed the radio star, but it also sounded the death knell for the era of the rock 'n' roll billboards that dominated a 1.7-mile strip of Sunset Boulevard for three decades starting in the late '60s. Slick ads for fashion and TV shows have replaced those hand-painted monuments to rock gods such as the Rolling Stones, Alice Cooper and Led Zeppelin that might have been relegated to the memories of a generation were it not for the foresight of a curious 16-year-old. Read Story