Photos: Rock ‘n’ roll billboards of the Sunset Strip

Beatles Abbey Road Billboard
The iconic Beatles “Abbey Road” billboard. All photos by Robert Landau.

 

The Sunset Strip has long been a destination for bands who play LA. Think the Whiskey, the Roxy or the Riot Hyatt.

But the journey down the strip has also been a mecca for those bands – on billboards.

The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Donna Summer, Marvin Gaye, and many others.

Usually the billboards come and go with little fanfare. But one photographer decided to capture the often hand-painted signs, and now Robert Landau’s pictures are on display at the Skirball Cultural Center, a few miles west of the Strip.

The show is called “Rock ‘N Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip.” Landau spoke to KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about the show.

 

Robert Quinn with hand-painted Paul McCartney head form Abbey Road billboard.
Robert Quinn with hand-painted Paul McCartney head from the “Abbey Road” billboard.

 

Beatles billboard for album Abbey Road on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.
Beatles billboard for the album “Abbey Road” on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood.

 

Tommy, The Movie, Billboard
“Tommy: The Movie” billboard

 

 

BBA008
A billboard for David Bowie’s 1974 album “Diamond Dogs.”

 

The Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California circa 1979
The Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California circa 1979

 

Marvin Gaye Billboard
“Marvin Gaye: Live at the London Palladium,” 1977

 

"Rock 'N' Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip"
Donna Summer, “Live and More,” 1978

 

Bruce Springsteen Billboard on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles circa
Bruce Springsteen’s “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” 1978, defaced by The Boss himself

 

ELO billboard on the Sunset Strip circa 1979
Electric Light Orchestra, “Out of the Blue,” 1977