When you get tired of looking at all those posters and handbills, how about a book or two on ...well, posters, handbills, and other topics guaranteed to interest the poster collector:
The Dead Book, by Hank Harrison, subtitled "A Social History of the Grateful Dead," ORIGINAL SOFTBOUND PRINTING, 1973, with b & w drawing of dragon eating itself. COMPLETE WITH ORIGINAL NEAL CASSIDY FLEXI-DISK, "NEAL CASSADY RAPS," very rare in this condition, most of 'em have the disk removed. Condition VG+; intact; some wear to cover, some age marks, diagonal creas in lower corner, 3/4" split at top junction of cover and spine; interior excellent; decent condition overall. Very rare complete example of the first book about the Dead. $125.
Thunderbitch, Women Designers in Northwest Rock, 1966-2010, 40-page softbound color catalog for 2010 exhibition at Tether Design Gallery, Seattle, featuring color illustrations by Catherine Weinstein, including a few offered on this website; Ms. Weinstein was a highly talented graphic designer who has not attained the reputation of some of her contemporaries; for a nice overview of her work and career, and illustrations of some other work by subsequent female counterculture artists up to 2010, check this out. I have 5 copies of this catalog, will put them out at $12.50 each. (*)
Garcia, An American Life, by Blair Jackson (Penguin Viking 1999), 498 pp; hardbound with dust jacket, new condition. Semi-official biography; haven't read this one yet but it is on the list as soon as I get a little free time; well-received book. Publisher's list price $34.95; have unused copy left, $20 postpaid (includes book rate shipping; priority mail shipping $6 extra).
Captain Trips, A Biography of Jerry Garcia, by Sandy Troy (Thunder's Mouth Press 1994), 288pp. Biography of Jerry Garcia with lots of information about his early years, photos, etc., published prior to Jerry's untimely death. A good recap of Jerry's career, nice item for the library of any collector of San Francisco rock posters. First edition, hardbound; hardbound edition now unavailable and out of print. Publisher's list price $22.95, but I have about 9 copies available for $14.50 each postpaid (book rate).
Light My Fire, My Life with the Doors, by Ray Manzarek (Putnam 1998), 352 pp; hardbound. Ray Manzarek's observations on life with the Doors; have 2 new hardbound copies available for $17.50 each postpaid (book rate) (*)
Still Eatin' It , by Dana Crumb and illustrated by R. Crumb ( 1996) 114 page softbound recipe book, the sequel to her 1970s version, great color cover and lots of b & w cartoon illustrations by Crumb on the inside, and some fun recipies and good reading too, softbound $8.50. (*)
The Underground Comix Family Album (first edition 1998), 120pp softbound publication that a photo and a brief bio of most of the major artists who were associated with the underground comix movement. Each artist gets a 1-page bio and a 1-page photo. Many if not nearly all of the artists will be familiar to poster collectors, including Rick Griffin, R. Crumb, Greg Irons, Dave Sheridan, Dan O'Neill, and many others. Light cover wear, otherwise clean $12.00
Life Magazine, cover date 9/1/1967; this is the famous "poster cover" issue with a cover featuring a number of Fillmore and Avalon posters and other related stuff from the period; features an 8-page spread including numerous color photos of 60's posters; one set up at the beach of all places, featuring many familiar images and a few you'd be surprised to see. Includes a photo of the inside of the Print Mint in 1967 and individual youthful photos of Victor Moscoso, Rick Griffin, Wes Wilson, Stanley Mouse, and Peter Max. Cool issue I think every serious poster collector who likes poster-related literature ought to have this. I was recently fortunate enough to dig up 2 of these, both in average shape for used magazines; one has a mailing label on it (to a person in Pacific Grove, CA) and the other does not. Otherwise similar condition. Asking $30 each for these. (*)
Life Magazine, 4/26/1971 cover date, Nice cover head-shot B & W photo of an unsmiling Paul and Linda McCartney with faces together, with headline "Paul McCartney -- The Ex-Beatle Tells His Story," with inside article based on McCartney interview wherein he discusses the Beatles breakup, his suit against Apple and the rest of the band, and other stuff. Probably no new content here, as this topic has been analyzed so much in the intervening years, but nevertheless a nice original copy of this famous issue, nice, clean copy with original Life subscription mailing label on the front, $20.
Rolling Stone Magazine, Issue #28, Inverview with Michaelangelo Antonioni and Zabriskie Point, special report from Japan on Rockin' in the Land of the Rising Sun, also article on Zap Comix and R. Crumb. Nice early issue in very nice above average condition, $20.
Rolling Stone Magazine, Issue #32, 5/13/69, Steve Winwood cove photo, lead article is "A Last Look at Traffic," "Morrison Surrenders," "Fillmore West to close up"; fairly good condition overall with usual storage wear and age on outer pages, $17.50.
Rolling Stone Magazine, Issue #41, 9/6/69, Joe Cocker cover photo, article and inside cover photo of Peter Fonda; complete and in good condition with minor overall paper age, $15.
Rolling Stone Magazine, Issue #147, 11/8/73; Watergate-era issue contains interview with Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers. Back cover has full color ad for release of the Grateful Dead's Wake of the Flood LP; back cover has some wrinkles, otherwise clean, $5.
Rolling Stone Magazine, Issue #149, 12/6/73, feature issue is article "The Allman Bros. Story"; nice cover with painting of Gregg Allman; also contains Ralph Steadman art of Dallas '73; Bob Dylan tour, and Part II of the Daniel Ellsberg interview. Nice and clean, but with minor wrinkles at bottom front and back covers, $8.50. (*)
Rolling Stone Magazine, Issue #310, 2/7/80, Fleetwood Mac article and cover with Mick Fleetwood and Stevie Nicks, articles on the Police and Dustin Hoffman; small tear in upper margin of back cover; otherwise clean $5.00.
Rolling Stone Magazine, Issue #335, 1/22/81, John Lenon memorial issue published shortly after his death, cover featuring a nude John hugging Yoko; lots of reminiscences about John's death. Front cover nice, back cover has paper age and a missing corner piece, otherwise clean. Important issue. $6.
Rolling Stone Magazine, Issue #380, 10/4/82, John Lennon / Yoko Ono cover issu; articles on John Lennon's "private years," the US festival, the Who, Springsteen, others. Nice condition, minor paper age $6.
Rolling Stone Magazine, Issue #415, 2/16/84, special Beatles anniversary issue with nice color cover featuring vintage photo of the Fab Four; inside articles on Beatles, Beatlemania, other Beatles-related items. Nice condition $6.
Berkeley Barb, a very radical "smash the state" type paper from the late 60s/early 70s, Vol 9,
Rock Magazine, fairly early music magazine in foldover format like vintage Rolling Stone, but more focused on just music.
Trouser Press Collectors' Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 2, Nov/Dec 1978; early record collector's magazine; newspaper-type format; feature article on "colored vinyl--a chronological survey." 2 copies, nice condition, slight paper age but clean, $3.00 each. (*)
Aardvark Papers #1, 1970, underground comix magazine published in Salt Lake City, Utah; underground comic tabloid featuring black and white artwork by Rob Brown (artist of the 1970 Salt Lake City Pink Floyd, Traffic, Moody Blues concert posters, as well as plenty of late 60s Berkeley Barb covers & comix, Yellow Dog #15, Promethean Enterprises with Griffin, Moscoso, Irons, Shubb, etc.), Neil Passey (created a huge number of SLC concert posters along with a few illos in Promethean Enterprises #3, etc.), Pat Eddington (front and back covers), Mike Evans, Al Davoren (Promethean Enterprises, etc.) and others...- Aging in the paper, otherwise clean; first / only printing, only 2,000 or so printed. NM $ 75.00.
Vedette Rock, Vol. 1, No 5 (10/78), French Rock Magazine with articles in French on Alice Cooper, Clapton, Johnny Cash, Yes, UK ... $8.00
Mucchio Selvaggio, Italian rock magazine; text in Italian
Record World magazine, 12/20/80 cover date; features color cover of John Lennon 1940-80; published very soon after his death, $4.50.
BAM Magazine (Bay Area Music), Issue #43 (11/17/78); great Grateful Dead issue of this local free magazine that chronicled the local San Francisco music scene for many years. Has great color cover with image of a skeleton stepping over the pyramids; includes article by Mickey Hart on the 1978 Egypt Tour, also article on "The Magical Art of Kelley and Mouse" by Jack McDonough; reviews of records, and so on. Interesting reading. Have 3 very clean copies of this issue, $10 each. (*)
Guitar Player Magazine
Contemporary Keyboard, August 1976, with nice cover photo of Gregg Allman playing the organ, also article on Jan Hammer, $5.00.
Thunder Road, Vol. I, Number II, Nov. 1978; early Springsteen fanzine; B & W magazine format with photos; probably had a pretty limited distribution; nice clean copy $10.
Backstreets Magazine, magazine devoted to Bruce Springsteen, loads of articles and pix on the Boss. Have the following issues available; your choice $6 each:
Photo Album: Special annual photo issue put out by Relix Magazine: contains current and vintage photos of rock bands and artists; lots of nice photography here. Have the following issues available, your choice $7.00 each:
Relix Magazine, back issues your choice $6.00 each. These are in really nice condition from an old collection:
Strange Things Happening, Vol. 1, No 2 (June 1988) UK music magazine with feature article on Iggy & the Stooges, also Giant Sand, The Shamen, Richard Brautigan, Wire, others, record reviews, the usual. Nice magazine, interesting and well done, clean with minimal wear, $12.
Creem Magazine, Sept. 1988, Rod Stewart cover and feature article, also articles on the Georgia Satellites, Thomas Dolby, and "The Uncensored Iggy Pop." Minor wear, $5.00.
Kulture, Vol. 1, No. 2, (San Diego-based, mid 1990s). Interesting locally produced magazine with lots of color and graphics; Iggy Pop cover with articles on Iggy, Combustible Edison, Meat Puppets, others. Don't think this mag lasted very long; nice interesting item, $10.
Herman's Hermits, 1966 Tour Book, 28 pp tour book for 1966 tour, 12 x 12 color covers with the usual black and white photos and add information included along with it, includes torn off TICKET STUB for show at San Jose Civic Auditorium on 7/2/1966! Tape marks in upper corner of front cover where original owner taped the ticket stub on to it, otherwise VG+ or so overall, $25.
Allman Brothers Band / Gregg Allman Band, original Capricorn records official promotional packet circa early-mid 1970s; in cream colored folder with Capricory logo on front, inside contains a 1972 vintage promotional bio of the Allman Brothers band (post-Duane, but includes Berry Oakley and all the other original members) and another of the Gregg Allman band, slightly later. Also contains 3 original 8 x 10 B&W promo photos, one of the ABB, one of the Gregg Allman band, and one of just Greg. Everything is very nice condition, a great item for Allman collectors, $60.
Richard (Dickey) Betts, 1974, original Capricorn / Peaches records promotional package; consists of Capricorn / Peaches cover with promotional bio of Betts inside; probably had photos with it but they weren't in the package when I got it; still a nice item for an Allmans fan, excellend condition $10.
Metallica, Moonalice, 9/11/2009, Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, CA; nice program for the special benefit concert given by Metallica to benefit the "Marin Rocks" project being developed by the Marin History Museum (with some input from yours truly). Nice 5.5" x 7" program with cover image of one of the show posters and insert with credits, show info, etc. Nice souvenir for this very local benefit featuring one of Marin's best known resident bands, $3.50. (*)
Jerry Garcia Band, 10/15/87, Lunt-Fontaine Theatre, Broadway, New York; "Playbill" theatre program for this famous round of "Jerry Garcia on Broadway" shows; cover has photo of Garcia dressed in Magician's robes and a guitar neck rising from a hat; inside has info on the band, and other NY theatre articles; nice and popular Garcia collectible, NM condition, $50.
Beatles, USA Limited 1965 Tour Program, 30 pages (incl. covers), black border on front cover with color photo of the band; I am not a Beatles expert by any means so this is identified based on internet sources; I don't know whether or not this was ever reprinted or bootlegged, can't find anything on line saying that it was ever reprinted, but it has the look and feel of the real thing, condition would be a solid VG+ with light edge wear on the covers, otherwise clean. Cool item, asking $45,
Paul McCartney, World Tour 1989, this is actually more like a magazine than a traditional tour book, almost 100 pages of text, ads, photos, much more meat in this than the typical tour book, copy is used, looks like it has been read a bit, with cover wear and some minor cover creases; 3 copies NM/NM-; $10. (*)
The Rolling Stones, 1973 Tour in Hawaii; tour book with front cover of airbrushed tropical clouds, sky and palm trees; inside the usual photos typical in souvenir tour books. This one must be a fairly uncommon tour book as the Stones played only a few gigs in Hawaii in 1973; 2 copies left, 1 NM $35, 1 with a bit of cover wear and a scuff line on cover, otherwise clean, $17. (*)
Rolling Stones, 1975 Tour of the Americas, nice 9" x 14" 28-page tour program, color cover with great photo of Mick at the mike, back cover with the tour logo of a flying eagle with jet engines; black and white photos and tour info inside; one pinhole through top of program, couple of little dirt smudges on the back, otherwise clean, nice mid-70's Stones tour item, $15.
The Rolling Stones in Concert, 1982, by Linda Martin (Crescent Books); Hardcover book of photos of the Stones from all their various periods in chronological order, arranged by time period; many nice photos, with text, list of concert tours since the beginning, and a discography. Nice hardbound volume, excellent shape, $16.00.
Bob Dylan and Santana, Europe 1984 tour program, nice 9.5" x 13" 28 page tour book with lots of photos of the artists by Jim Marshall and other photographers, some text, list of tour dates, etc. Nice cover credited to David Costa but very reminiscent of David Singer's style, Minor age shading along lower edge of front cover, otherewise very clean, $14.50.
Ronnie Lane appeal for ARMS, North American Tour 1983, nice 9.25" x 14" 24 pp glossy color program for these multpile sclerosis benefit tours that featured Lane, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmie Page, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman, Joe Cocker, and others--shows were held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Very nice program for this all star group, $20.
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, souvenir tour program 1977, black "ELP" cover like the album released at that time; inside has usual photos, info. on the band and the tour. $12.00.
Yes, 1980 "Yesshows" Tour (US/Canada/UK), 24 page color program with Roger Dean lettering on cover and scene of desert in purple shades with light beige rocks jutting in distance, NM $12.
Yes, 1984, North American Tour, 20-pp color program with brick red color and blue map of US, nice program, NM- $15.
Genesis, 1983-84, "The Mama Tour," US, nice color 24-page full color program, NM- condition, $12.
Phil Collins, 1985, "No Jacket Required" Tour, World Tour, 30-pp color program, mostly color, NM-/VG+ very slight cover wear, $10.
Moody Blues, 1979(?) (Possibly 78 or 80), "Octave" Tour; color/b&w 20 pp tour book with photo of band on cover, inside notes 30-city tour in support of "Octave" LP but does not give dates or cities. NM- $12.
Journey, 1981 "Escape" Tour, Japanese-Language version, 30 pp, mostly b & w inside with some color, great cover art by Kelley & Mouse, NM- $25.
Steve Miller Band, 1977 tour book, 40 pp with color cover color by Kelley & Mouse featuring the famous "Pegasus" design, inside with lots of photos, partial diagonal cover crease in lower RH corner, $10.
J. Geils Band, Freeze Frame Tour, 1981, 24-pp. oversize tour book for this tour at the peak of this band's popularity. Nice color cover with film strip theme., NM- $12.
Bruce Springsteen, World Tour 1984-1985, 9 x 12 32 page color program with the usual tour info, photos of the Boss knockin' 'em dead, and so on. Nice condition, $12.50.
Bruce Springsteen, 1984, "Born in the USA Tour," nice oversize 30 pp tour book for this famous tour; cover with photo of jumping Springsteen over an American Flag background, inside mixed color/B & W with text detailing chronology of the band, $15.
Bruce Springsteen, Visions of America, by Adam Sweeting, 1985; another softcover 62-pp trade publication, in softcover format; bios, photos of the Boss. $5.00.
The Boss, A Special Souvenir Tribute to Bruce Springsteen, circa 1985; still another softbound souvenir-type publication with bio information, color photos, nice high quality stock; British publication, very nice NM condition $7.00.
"Heroes of Rock and Roll" TV special, 1979, this is an 8-sheet 8.5 x 11" blue, black and white program on stiff cardboard that publicized a TV special hosted by Jeff Bridges on ABC- TV on 2/9/1979, with photos of the greats from Berry to Bowie...probably some kind of a promo item. NM $6.00.
Everly Brothers, 1957, original sheet music for their classic early hit, "Bye Bye Love," nice blue & white cover photo of the brothers strumming their guitars and singing, very hard item to find, $35.00.
Bob Dylan, 1965, original sheet music for "Subterranean Homesick Blues" red-orange background with B & W photo of Dylan sitting with his hand over his mouth and lower part of his face ever wonder with the full lyrics to this song are? Well, now they're here! VG+; worn spot on center spine, but basically pretty clean, $60.
Led Zeppelin, 1972, original sheet music for "Stairway to Heaven," full complete, has blue cover with photo of each member of Zeppelin. Great Zepp item. I have 2 copies of this classic items; copy #1 is clean VG+ overall with a bit of cover wear, $65.00; copy #2 has 3 holes drilled at LH for insertion into a 3-ring binder; not sure whether or not it came that way but probably not, otherwise excellent condition. $50. (*)
Beatles, "Lady Madonna" sheet music; thick stock with very cool red and black cover with vintage lettering and great drawings of the Beatles; a 1.5" margin tear on the reverse page, no missing paper, cover excellent, a little other minor wear overall. $15.00.
Yazoo Records catalog - "The Most Comprehensive Collection of Historical Acoustic Blues." Original issue (circa early 90's to 1993); 8 3/8" x 10 27/32" with 20 pages of slick paper. Front cover features five or six R. Crumb acoustic blues LP covers in full color along with several non-Crumb acoustic blues covers, deep blue background / border. Interior black and white pages includes many LP covers with artwork by Robert Crumb (R. Crumb) along with plenty of black and white photos of the blues greats Charley Patton, Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy, Bo Cart, Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Furry Lewis, Blind Boy Fuller, Charlie Patton, Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Tampa Red, Ma Rainey, Albert King, etc. Would be a nice addition to the library of a country blues fan or record collector; nice NM $20.
Firesign Theatre, circa 1993, flyer/program from their 25th Anniversary Reunion Tour; 5 x 7 B & W 4-page foldover; front cover has a drawing of the 4 of them dressed up like animals; inside has program info and ads for Bear Whiz Beer, Loosner's Castor Oil Flakes, Ralph Spoilsport Motors, and other legendary figures from the Firesign Theatre. 2 copies NM- $6.00 each (*)
Monster Company, 1973-75; this was Stanley Mouse's T-Shirt company through which he produced and sold his fantastic early T-Shirt designs. For a couple of years, Monster issued catalogs with color illustrations of the shirts offered; these are cool mini-compendiums of Stanley's T-Shirt designs. I have a few of these left, offered as follows:
THE GOSPEL OF JOHN - 24 Page Christian Publication featuring numerous full color and black and white illustrations by Rick Griffin - Originally published as a newsprint tabloid, this is the later slick paper version which first appeared in 1980 - This copy is from one of the later printings (possibly from the 1990's or early 2000's, since it has a website listed on the back cover) that appeared prior to the recent republication of the work as a hardcover book and smaller booklet - 8 1/4" x 10 57/64" - Full color front and back covers by Rick Griffin, full color "Hosanna" illustration in the centerfold along with Rick Griffin illustrations on every page within (that makes 24 pages with Rick Griffin artwork, integrated into the text - Quality paper and printing - Uncommon & getting scarcer in this format since the new editions came out in 2008. A really beautiful example of Rick Griffin's art, NM, 25.00.
Steve Miller, 1988, program/flyer for "Born 2B Blue" tour; color with photo of Miller in suit and tie playing guitar on cover; lotsa info, ads, and tour dates inside. Very commerical. VG/VG+ $1.25.
Original Artwork by famous rock and roll/psychedelic artists
Posters--Miscellaneous California (1960's and early '70's)
Posters--Miscellaneous Non-California (1960's and early '70's)
Posters --More Recent Stuff (late 1970's to the present)
Handbills--Miscellaneous California (1960's and early '70's)
Handbills--Miscellaneous Non-California (1960's and early '70's)