Miscellaneous California Handbills

Last updated 5/21/2020

NOTE: An asterisk (*) next to a description of an item indicates that more than one copy of that item is available.

Carousel Ballroom Handbills and Cards

Steve Miller Band, Kaleidoscope, Youngbloods, 5/10-12/1968, Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco; nice color postcard sized card by Kelley with a stars and stripes based image in background, black border and typically cool lettering, and a center image of a 1930s vintage woman in yellow-green looking at an hourglass against a dark background. Attractive card, 2 copies NM $25 each (*).

Tuesday Night Jam, circa 6/68, Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco; odd, highly psychedelic airbrushed image by Stanley Mouse wherein a very weird psychedelic pig with an orange polka- dot yellow blue tie graces the label of a fuzzy jar ("Jam") with a blue & gray background. 3 attractive NM color cards, beautiful condition, $30 each. (*)

Tuesday Night Jam, circa 6/68, see above; 7" x 10.5" B & W "pig" image same as above, scarcer than the color card; 1 copy strong VG+, minor general wear $25.

California Hall Handbills and Cards

Michael McClure's "The Beard," 2/22-2/26/1967, California Hall, San Francisco and other venues, this is the 8.5" x 11" handbill with photos of Jean Harlow and Billy the Kid; blue with some red typeset lettering on thin white stock; lists various venues for the performances; VG+ overall with small discoloration spot, like a drip spot, at top center. Otherwise fairly clean, $35.00.

Charles Lloyd Quartet, Big Brother & the Holding Co., the Wildflower, 4/23/67, California Hall; nice card with yellow and black background' pyxis studios art; weird cartoonish image; neat for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.151. 4 NM copies $25 each. (*)

Big Brother & The Holding Co., Big Mama Thornton, The Weeds, 4/28-29/67, California Hall, S.F.; color card with pink background, yellow and blue lettering and cartoonish image; Pyxis studios; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.153, 4 copies NM $25 each (*)

Country Joe & the Fish; Big Brother & the Holding Co., The Candy Store, 5/12-13/67, California Hall; yellow background with pink and black bat-like wings, white lettering; art by Pyxis Studios. Similar to the other Ramlala/Green Joynt posters illustrated in The Art of Rock, pretty decent art; 1 VG postcard, corner pinholes and a little bit of overall age. $12. (*)

Steve Miller Blues Band, Sparrow, 6/9-10/67, California Hall, SF; orange, pink and blue affair with cartoon caricature of planet, surrounded by flying saucers; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.157. 3 NM/NM- cards, $20 each; VG tape pull in lower corner, $7.00. (*)

Big Brother & the Holding Co, Country Joe & the Fish, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 6/2- 3/67, California Hall, San Francisco, nice color card, for illustration see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.158, NM/NM- card, $25.

Blue Cheer, Sopwith Camel, 7/7-8/67, California Hall, SF; classic "Spirit of '67" image with famous Uncle Sam Wants You portrait in the center, surrounded by psychedelic colors. For illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.149. 1 nice NM copy, $35.

Steve Miller Blues Band, Sunshine Co., Anonymous Artists of America, 7/14-15/1967, California Hall, SF; attractive Greg Irons image with red to yellow split fountain background and drawing of some guy's head opening up to reveal all kind of weird stuff and images; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.138. 1 VG copy, front looks OK but fold down the center visible on back, and a psychedelic doodle in ink in one corner of the back. $20; also have 1 with a front that is about VG and a reverse with some big tape pulls, pencil writing, noticeable drip spots. Definitely a filler copy, although it wouldn't look bad framed, $6.50. (*).

The Youngbloods, Magic Fern, The Wildflower, 7/21-22/67, California Hall, SF; this is Greg Irons' well-known "Strange Happenings" image with a sinister looking version of Dr. Strange casting a spell; for illustration see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.140; have 2 cards that have good colors but unfortunately old brown tape stains in two LH corners, the longest of which is about 3/8" x1", mostly out of image but not entirely, also single tack holed top and bottom center, outside image. Bargain basement price due to condition, with dark tape stains in margins, $17.50. (*)

Matrix Handbills and Cards

Sopwith Camel, 6/10/66, The Matrix, SF; 8.5 x 11.5 handbill with black border, white background and lettering in old English style letters in the center, with a pink floral design in the center and lower corners somewhat old-style, pre-psychedelic. Rare handbill, this copy unfortunately has brown tape stains in the top and bottom center intruding about 2" or so into the background. Still a very hard to find handbill, condition VG-/G, $75.

Big Brother & the Holding Co., 11/1-6/66, Matrix, SF; classic early 8.5" x 11" handbill by Stanley Mouse, featuring central diamond with drawing of band members including Janis Joplin, class early Mouse lettering surrounds it. For illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.111. Very strong VG+; 1 very small pinhole in each upper corner, colors strong and bold, very nice copy that would please almost anybody, $350.

Nick Gravenites, Congress of Wonders, 11/8-13/1966, Matrix; early design by Ruth Garbell; this is the 8.5" x 24" handbill size, same image as the poster, black & white; puffy lettering in center around a circular design with paisley design in the upper corners, and angular lettering for the venue in bottom middle; very hard to describe, sort of crude proto-psychedelic, I guess, not too bad. VG/VG+ with old flattened out crease and some general wrinkles and age, not too bad. Uncommon early Matrix handbill, $65.00.

Jerry "Garrceeah" (Garcia) and Friends, Elvin Bishop, Harvey Mandel, Mad River, Mint Tattoo, Allmen Joy, Steve Miller, various shows 10/8-27/69, The Matrix, San Francisco, 6.5" x 7.5" on thin card stock; very cool design that is very derivative of Rick Griffin's and Victor Moscoso's work of the period; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.118. Note that the poster is printed in split fountain colors; the handbill, however, is plain B & W. Very cool handbill, and uncommon, VG+/NM- insignificant discoloration in upper RH corner, still very nice overall, $125.00

John Jackson, Saddhu Brand, Big Brother & the Holding Company with Nick Gravenites (post-Janis), T-Bone Walker, Juke Boy Bonner, Vince Guaraldi, Jerry Hahn Brotherhood, Rhythm Dukes (with Jerry Miller and Bill Champlin), Sandy Bull, 4/3/70 thru 5/2/1970, (various shows), Matrix, San Francisco; 5.5" x 7" green on white card stock by Mark Behrens; just lettering, not much art; lettering sort of reminiscent of Randy Tuten's stuff; nice card from a later period in the Matrix's existence; nice NM $28.00.

Euphoria/Pepperland (San Rafael) Handbills and Cards

Big Brother & the Holding Co (post-Janis), A.B. Skhy, Joy of Cooking, 7/3-5/1970, Euphoria, San Rafael, CA, green, orange, and black card by Randy Tuten with weird photo in the center (can't make it out clearly) and lettering that is somewhat reminscent of Mouse's early style. Nice NM card, $30.

Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention, Tim Buckley, Kindred, 9/25-26/1970, Pepperland, San Rafael, CA; small color 3.5" x 5.5" color card by Mark T. Behrens featuring a smiling photo of a woman; could almost pass for a Moscoso design; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 4.86. 2 NM copies, $45 each; 1 NM- (very minor ding in upper LH corner, otherwise clean), $40. (*)

Incredible String Band, Doug Kershaw, Joy of Cooking, 11/13-14/69, Pepperland, San Rafael, CA; low contrast blue & green background with night scene and yellow moon and lettering. NM- $35.00

Some Early North Bay "Golden Star" Productions Handbills (and a Few Others)

Sir Douglas Quintet, The Beat-Ables, 3/14/1967, Petaluma Vets Memorial, Petaluma, CA; Golden Star Promotions handbil, 5.5" x 8.5" black on thin black paper, combined psychedelic and block lettering, handbill version of a boxing style poster, only 1 NM copy of this one, scarce, $50.

Syndicate of Sound, Butch Engle & the Styx, 4/7/1968, Fairfax Park, Fairfax, CA, 5.5 x 8.5" handbill, dark blue on thin blue paper, with combination of hand lettering and block lettering, drawing of mushrooms and grass; this is a handbill sized version of one of the boxing style posters from this series, have 1 copy with tack holes in corners and slight age, $27.50.

Syndicate of Sound, 4/8/1967, Concord Armory (East Bay), CA, Golden Star Promotions, 8.5" x 5.5" horizontal handbill with old time ingraving of a bunch of old Muslim duded smoking a hookah, hand lettering around the edges; I have 1 copy on white paper, NM. $50.

Sons of Champlin, The Mourning Glory, 4/14/1967, Fairfax Park, Fairfax, CA, Golden Star Promotions, nice 5.5 x 7.5" black on thin white paper, mostly hand lettering with artist doodles in the background, nice NM-/VG+ copy, clean but a little bit of rippling, $35.

The Seeds, The Tame Greens, Blue Light District, 1/27/68 (possibly also 67), Concord Armory (East Bay), California; Golden Star Promotions, 5.5" x 8.5" black on thin paper with classic garage band psychedelic lettering and image of woman pouring what looks like smoke out of a water jar, 5 NM copies, $35 each (*).

Miscellaneous California Handbills

Rick Griffin, "Unnameable," 1968, Berkeley Bonaparte headship design in Griffin's most psychedelic style, similar in basic concept to his FD-101 image, with maybe a bit of Aoxomoxoa thrown in. This is the smaller, postcard-size handbill on thin paper; these are around, but what makes this particularly fun is that it has a Postermat stamp on the back; that was old Ben Friedman's store, NM $20.

Grateful Dead, Andrew Staples; 11/12/1966, "First anniversary party"; the Old Cheese Factory, San Francisco, CA; great color 8.5" x 11" handbill by Stanley Mouse; one of my favorite of his early efforts, with a background image of an overgrown forest and typically psychedelic lettering; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.185. There are a couple of minor variations of this handbill; this one has a blank circle at the lower right. 2 copies available. This copy has 1" tape stains on the front top and bottom margins and some foxing in the upper LH margin, $55. Neither copy is close to mint but most of the damage is out of the image in the margin area. (*)

Country Joe & the Fish, 10/10-16/1966, Jabberwock, Berkeley, CA; this is the well-known Joel Beck image featuring a bunch of hip cat musicians encountering a beautiful nude woman riding a brontosaurus. For illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.282. Printed by Bindweed Press. The handbill is 8.5" x 11" and full color like the poster. Not common anymore, and this is a beautiful NM/NM- copy that will make some collector very happy, asking $200.

Big Brother & the Holding Company, 1966, original 8.5" x 11" B & W flyer by Stanley Mouse, announcing their first single "Blindman" on Mainstream records; typical classic early Mouse lettering featuring a cartoon drawing of what appears to be a crusty-looking blind amputee wheeling along with a cup of pencils aboard a motorized tape recorder. This copy is VG-; has two tape stains, one each in top and bottom center margins, and a few residual pencil marks where some idiot outlined part of the image in pencil; I was able to successfully remove the vast majority of it but there is still faintly visible on upper edge of drawing, although you have to look to see it. Not a common handbill, but asking $65 due to condition issues.

Grateful Dead, Country Joe & the Fish, 12/2/66, Pauley Ballroom (UC Berkeley), nice 6.75" x 10.5" green and purple handbill with Wes Wilson influences but a little more crudely drawn, with demon/troll type images, "Danse Macabre" handbill; neat early Dead handbill that belongs in all collections of vintage Grateful Dead stuff; I have 2 nice copies, all NM/ $100 each. (8).

Grateful Dead, Yogi Bhat(?) (can't read rest of name), Sufi Dancing & Choir, 3/24/1968, Winterland, odd early Dead handbill for this spiritually focused event; 5.5" x 8.5" handbill, blue on thin yellow card stock with reverse image of sun with one of its rays passing into a wave or mountain or the universe or whatever; Indian lettering that is faint and hard to read, nice NM copy $60.

Iron Butterfly, Canned Heat, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Vanilla Fudge, Sandy Bull, Sweet Rush, West, Wedge, Kai Moore, 7/12/68, Cow Palace, San Francisco; "Harmony Benefit 9 Hours of Music!"; 5" x 7.5" black on goldenrod light card stock; busy, somewhat crude desigh on a big flower in the center with band names on the flower petals; crude but a good lineup; NM- $25.

"Invisible Circus," 2/24/1967, Glide Church, San Francisco, an "environmental community happening" sponsored by the Diggers, Artists' Liberation Front, and Glide Foundation; there is some interesting historical information on this event at the Diggers Archives Website, http://diggers.org/diggers/incircus.html. This image has been featured at both the de Young Museum's "Summer of Love" exhibit and the "Road to the Summer of Love" exhibit at the California Historical Society in San Francisco. The handbill is 8.5" x 11" and has a colorful rendering of a circus wagon in bright orange, blue, and yellow colors. Illustrated on the Diggers website. Popular image. I have sold these in the past for as much as $100 but have been fortunate to acquire within the last few months a small stash of them, which will allow me to offer them for a limited time at $50 each, all are basically NM-, a good opportunity to pick up a copy of this at a fairly low price. (*)

Flamin' Groovies, 2/9-10/68(?) New Orleans House, Berkeley, CA; approx 7.75" x 9.25" army green handbill on thin white paper; shows odd female doll-like figure with a beach and palm trees in the background and the lettering on a ribbon and balloons in the sky. Condition VG/VG+; no pinholes and colors good but has an ancient sharp fold right on the boundary of the image and the LH margin; otherwise pretty clean with a wee bit of general age. I can't recall having had one of these for sale before, asking $32.00.

"The Old House Passing; James Burroughs' "The Pleasure Garden," 6/18/1967, Canyon Cinema, Glide Church Fellowship Hall, San Francisco, CA; 8.5" x 11" blue and brick red on light pink paper, border image that looks like it was taken from Wes Wilson's BG 32 poster; center photo of a statue, nice hand lettering. This was right smack dab in the middle of the Summer of Love, so a lot of non-music events also featured hippie-influenced art, including this one which is a rather nice and fairly obscure item. I have 5 copies of this, basically NM/ NM-, early birds get the best copies. $25 each. (*)

Quicksilver Messenger Service, Blue Cheer, Sandy Bull, Hugh Masekela, Congresse of Wonders, Ace of Cups, Wildflower, Mt. Rushmore, Big Brother & the Holding Co., Country Joe & the Fish, 7/1-2/1967, "Festival of Growing Things," Mt. Tamalpais Outdoor Theatre, Marin County, CA; this is the color handbill/card for this event, 4.5" x 6" on thin card stock; green and yellow floral lettering pattern, like the poster. Nice, always popular card, NM $30.

The Charlatans, Glass Menagerie, 9/3/1966, Vichy Springs, Napa, CA; very early 8.5" x 11" B & W flyer for this seminal San Francisco Band; great early photo of the band in the center with a drawn border and typeset lettering. Condition VG/VG+ overall; ancient vertical and horizontal folds long since pressed out and fairly unobtrusive; 1 pinhole in each upper corner; one small discoloration spot in lower lettering area; again largely unobtrusive. The reverse has "Mike Wilhelm" written in ink; apparently Wilhelm (their lead guitar player) signed it or someone wrote his name there I am not an expert in signatures. In any case, this is an odd and uncommon early Charlatans item; $70.00.

The Charlatans, Cleveland Wrecking Co., Uncut Balloon; 6/14-15/67, Straight Theatre, SF; very attractive color card by Terre with bottle of patent medicine labeled "Charlatans patented cure-all", spoon, and stopwatch. For illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.229. 4 NM/NM- copies $20 each (*).

The Charlatans, Flamin' Groovies, 4/7/1968, Straight Theater, SF, CA; 8.5" x 11" B & W flyer like a comic page, with "The Straight Sheet No. 1" (I think there were a couple of later ones too), with weird seemingly pointless comic panels and nice hand-drawn lettering, uncommon. Condition VG; two old horizontal folds across image and other minor age, basically clean other than the folds. $20.

Sparrow (early Steppenwolf), The Wildflower, Living Children, 2/10/1967, Leamington Hotel, Oakland, CA; Stanley Mouse's "This Is It" handbill, 5.5 x 8.5" on thin paper, blue and green with yellow/red split fountain center, photo of old timey band in the center, and caption "The New World Has Hit Oakland," great classic early Mouse handbill that every fan of Kelley & Mouse should have; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.261. Not a rare handbill due to the discovery of a large stash many years ago, but not as easy to find as it used to be, nice NM $30.

Dance "Le Rock", 2/18/67, Pauley Ballroom, U.C. Berkeley; "Les Hard Les Soft" sound with The New Mass; 8.5" x 11" red and black crudely drawn on pale blue stock; must have been presented by the French club or something, crudely drawn Eiffel tower at upper left. For the connoisseurs of truly obscure East Bay items. VG+ $15.

"Deed of Shame," Friendly Stranger, Motley Crew, Iron Butterfly, 9/24/66, Veterans Hall, Oakland; 5.5" x 8.5" handbill on thin paper; purple and black with image of mod-looking woman with stars on her cheeks, and purple hand-lettered dates in the center. 1 copy available, NM- $35.

"Deed of Shame," Universal Joint, Friendly Stranger, 10/7-8/66, Veterans Hall, Oakland; 5.5" x 8.5" handbill on thin paper; purple and pale green with image of mod-looking woman with stars on her cheeks, and black typeset dates in the center. Collectors of odd Bay Area stuff probably are familiar with these images; there are two other ones that I know of for different dates and with different groups, but this is the first one I've seen for this lineup and with these particular dates. 2 copies, 1 NM- $35; 1 VG with some wrinkles in the image but otherwise OK, $18. Neat little item. (*)

Big Brother & the Holding Co., Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Gladstones, Bill Ham's light show, 7/2-3/1966, Monterey Fairgrounds Dance Hall, Monterey, CA; this is an 8.5 x 11 handbill with purple ink on white paper, mandala-type drawing (sort of) with psychedelic lettering forming the lids of an eye or semi-circle. This one is in the "crude but cool" category. Top says "Take A Trip to Monterey"; presented by Karma Productions and Brotherhood of the Spirit--whew!! This event was sort of a prequel to the famous Monterey Pop Festival held at the same location about a year later, nice early lineup featuring key San Francisco bands. 1 copy basically VG+/VG; average age & pinholes, $75. second copy also clean but with a burn mark in the lower RH corner outside the image, $60. (*)

Charlatans, Cleveland Wrecking Co., Uncut Balloon, 6/14-15/68; Straight Theatre; color art by Jack Terre features medicine bottle, spoon, stopwatch, for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.220. 4 copies, NM/NM-, $20 each (*).

Steppenwolf, Ace of Cups, Initial Shock, 7/12-13/1968, Sound Factory, Sacramento, CA; typical colorful image in this series featuring a dark blue background with light blue collage images made from old photos of naked women; bright yellow, red and pink lettering similar to other images in this series, NM- card, #32; VG+ card, $30. (*)

Chambers Brothers, A.B. Skhy Blues Band, 7/19-20/68, Sound Factory, Sacramento, CA; nice red to yellow split fountain design by San Andreas Fault with blue lettering featuring an image of what looks like a Roman massacre scene in green, nice striking card, condition VG+ with tack holes in 3 corners; otherwise clean. $30; second copy with general minor age, $25.00 (*)

Electric Flag, Santana Blues Band, 7/26-27/1968, Sound Factory, Sacramento, CA; postcard by San Andreas Fault, with red and black background featuring a huge sun or moon with a crowd or mob of people raising their arms or something. Blue lettering with yellow accents. Carg VG- ; has several large unattractive tack holes at top center, otherwise fairly clean, $20.

Pink Floyd, Initial Shock, 8/16-17/68, Sound Factory, Sacramento, CA; attractive pink, blue and black card by San Andreas for this very early Floyd concert; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 3.19. Well-worn copy, tack holes top center and bottom as well as corner age. Still a very popular early Floyd card from an unusual venue, $25.

Country Weather, Wildwood, Daybreak, 11/22/1969, Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock, CA; uncommon 4.5" x 7.5" color card with nice silhouette of wheat or tall grass against a blue to white dot matrix background; block lettering in orange and blue; unusual location and venue; 3 copies available; all in the VG range with pinholes, general age; 2 of them have brown tape stains on them that don't show through, asking $27.50 each. (*)

Big Brother, Albert King, PG & E, 5/2-4/68, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, classic Moscoso-Griffin collaboration; full-blown, full-color psychedelia; for illustration of an uncut press sheet of this image, see The Art of Rock, pl. 3.61. Standard card size with Pinnacle show info presented in B & W on reverse. I haven't had one of these in quite a while; nice copy with 3 basically invisible needle sized holes along the edge of the top margin, $50.

Stoneground, 8/2-6/1972, Whiskey A Go-Go, Los Angeles, CA; 5.5" x 7" card by Randy Tuten in black and grey with image of front half of fancy old car with headlights on, and typical attractive lettering, nice NM $10.

Sons of Champlin, West, Womb, 3/28/1969, Veterans Memorial Hall, Santa Rosa, 5" x 6.75" card, gray background with purple lettering and center image of a series of concentric circles fanning out from a yin-yang symbol in the center; decent but not spectacular artwork, NM card $25.00.

Bronze Hog, Euphonious Wail, 8/29/2970, Redwood Empire Arena, Santa Rosa; attractive 7" x 10" handbill for this event featuring local North Bay bands; features a partially orange, mostly pink background featuring an image of a pig riding a whale (seriously...) with a balloon saying "take me to the arena." The upper left shows a red and orange sum with black rays against an orange background. Lettering is typeset not hand drawn; still in all an unusual and fairly attractive image. Apparently the venue, which opened in 1969, was an ice rink that was built and owned by Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schultz, locally known (at least today) as "Snoopy's home ice." First one of these I've had, nice NM copy, $55.00.

Ned Lagin & Phil Lesh & friends, "A Concert of New Electronic Music," including Seastones, Lith, and other works, 6/6/1975, Angelica Hall, Dominican College, San Rafael, CA; scarce show for Phil's side project during the Dead's "year off" in 1975; crude cartoon with panels of amoeba-like things combining, typeset lettering; 8.5" x 11" on blue paper, hard to find vintage Dead-related item from local venue in Marin County, NM but has a diagonal crease in upper RH quadrant of image, $75.

Clover (early Huey Lewis), Flying Circus, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Half Pint & the Six Pack, Hereford Heartstrings, 4/8/1971, Brown's Hall, Mill Valley, CA; 8.5" x 11" B & W lyer with typeset lettering in various fonts and photo of man and woman in Mexican sombrero's; Brown's Hall was a much remembered local Marin venue, have 7 copies of this unusual flyer, basically NM-/VG+ minor storage wear, $15. Each (*). Keystone Berkeley March 1974 monthly calendar, 11" x 8.5" black on goldenrod paper with typical grid pattern for this type of flyer; the nice thing about this is the band listing, which included Elvin Bishop, Michael Bloomfield, Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders, Cold Blood, Norman Greenbaum & Crossfire, Fanny, Stoneground, Commander Cody, Butch Whacks & the Glass Packs, Tower of Power, Norman Connors, Skunk Cabbage with Vassar Clements, and a few other local acts all in the same month! I have only one extra of this, although it was just stashed away and never posted, there is some blackish discoloration, mostly in the margins, like ink smears or possibly mold, asking $25 for this copy.

Baltimore Steampacket, Freudian Slips, 2/2-5/67, The Ark, Sausalito; 8.5" x 11" orange, purple, yellow handbill; crudely drawn psychedelic style artwork; colors not bad. Damaged filler copy, corner pinholes and damage, was folded vertically and horizontally long ago, general age, hence cheap at $7.50.

Steve Miller Band, Sir Douglas Quintet, Sons of Champlin, 1/31-2/1/1969, Longshoreman's Hall, San Francisco, "Medieval Happening" produced by Aquarius Productions; crude 5 x 6.5" card with peace sign at top and simple lettering, no real art. NM-/VG+; hard to find vintage San Francisco concert handbill, $20.

The Byrds, The Stone Poneys (early Linda Ronstadt), Sky Blue, 8/3/66(?)--maybe '67, Berkeley Community Theatre, early and rather scarce flyer; 7" x 8.5" B & W on thin white paper with odd center collage work that has an Egyptian motif; hard to describe; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2. 267 (handbill is black and white, not two-color like the poster). VG+VG; multiple staple holes in corners and very very teeny piece (1/16") missing in upper RH corner; otherwise clean $40.

Bo Diddley, West, E.T. Hooey, 6/13-14/1969, Rose Palace, Pasadena, CA; size approximately 6" x 8.75" on thin paper, split fountain grown to orange printing with image of alchemist looking chemical signs, and typeset lettering. Similar to the other handbills in the Rose Palace series, NM- $30.

The Illusions, the Dukes ("for those who think Soul"), 5/19/1967, Dover School Aud., San Pablo, CA, 8.5" x 11" black on blue-gray stock; center image of angel and crude medieval-type psychedelic lettering; decent image; scarce flyer for these obscure North Bay teen bands that never made it, but did open for a number of more famous Bay Area bands in the North Bay area. one copy left, NM-/VG+ $30.

Quicksilver Messenger Service, Eric Burdon & War, Bo Diddley, 2/14/? (1969-71), Sacramento Memorial Aud.; 5.5 x 8.5 handbill; pale blue gray paper with black design featuring Quicksilver logo from first LP and photo of band. Not sure of the year but will be within range indicated above. I had large stash of these back in the early '80's and it was gradually dispersed and individual handbills now show up from time to time on eBay and in other places. Now, a person who bought a bunch of these way back when has re-consigned them to me and so I have 1 from my original stash, basically NM, $20.

Lee Michaels, Paul Butterfield, Elvin Bishop, 3/13/? (1969-71), Cal Expo, Sacramento, 5.5 x 8.5 handbill with photo of Teddy Roosevelt giving a speech in front of a huge American flag, caption "a night of American music." See description of previous item; I also had a stash of these re-consigned to me after almost 20 years. 1 copy available, $10.

Berkeley Folk Festival, 6/23-27/65, U.C. Berkeley; foldover-type program for the event with discussion of the program; featured artists included Mississippi Fred Mc Dowell, Tom Paxton, Sam Hinton, Mike Seeger, the Hackberry Rambles, and others; printed in black on yellow paper, has photos and description of the artists and other music-professor types who were holding seminars in conjunction with this event; lists performers and schedule of program events; cool front cover image with western style lettering and image of old hillbilly playing fiddle; original mailing list item; next to impossible to find, $60.

Delmark record catalog, has a handwritten date 2/68 but I have no way of verifying that; would have thought it to be a bit earlier; foldover; olive drab on pale blue-gray stock; lists many classic blues LPs produced by Delmark at that time, with artists such as Sleepy John Estes, Junior Wells, Little Brother Montgomery, Big Joe Williams, Roosevelt Sykes, Yank Rachell, Woody Guthrie & Jack Elliot; cool item; nice NM- condition; hard to find item. $25.

Flamin' Groovies, Freedom Highway, Ice, 8/28-29/69, New Old Fillmore; one of the series of shows done by other promoters after Bill Graham moved the Fillmore to the Fillmore West. 8 x 11; blue and red on yellow stock with cartoon "Crosby" image and nice lettering; good item for Flamin' Groovies collectors if there are still any around. NM- $40.

Ten Years After, Hoyt Axton, Hedge and Donna, Butterfield Blues Band. Spirit, 7/12- 8/19/68; Golden Bear, Huntington Beach (Orange County), CA; 5.5 x 8.5; B & W on card stock; crude psychedelic lettering for band names; bear with sunglasses, no art per se. The Golden Bear was a legendary club on Highway 101 next to the beach, near Huntington Beach; everybody from Dylan to the Doors to the Dead played there in the early years; I have seen virtually no Golden Bear stuff in years of collecting but recently a stash came to light with this and some other vintage So Cal items; nice NM copy, $100. Youngbloods, Jeffery Cain, High Country, 9/10-12/70, Friends and Relations Hall (formerly Family Dog on the Great Highway), San Francisco; 7" x 8.5", black on goldenrod paper with nice photo of the then-incarnation of the Youngbloods (4 of them) and typeset script lettering. Overall appearance rather nice. Nice NM copy. Nice period of time for the Youngbloods; although they didn't have any hits to speak of at this time, fans of the band usually consider this period to have included someof their best work. $20.

Johnny Winter, Graham Central Station, Van Morrison, Copperhead (with John Cipollina), Sal Valentino (ex Beau Brummels), Azteca, others, August 1973, various dates, the Orphanage, San Francisco, 8.5 x 11 calendar flyer with mostly crude hand lettering for this well known San Francisco club of this period, nice listing of prominent local bands from the City during this period, when Van Morrison was still playing local club dates, NM $18.

Blue Gravy with Nick Gravenites and Count Talent [Michael Bloomfield], 1/19/73, The Village, San Francisco. 5.5 x 8.5 card; black on yellow card stock; Gilbert Johnson image of woman with angel wings holding up a mystical sign of some kind. Spare but decent art work. Art-deco lettering. Very nice item for Mike Bloomfield collectors from a time when he was playing local bars and small venues in San Francisco under the pseudonym of "Count Talent." NM copy; first one of these I've seen, $20.

The Byrds, the Seeds, Bola Sete, Big Brother & the Holding Co., Butterfield Blues Band, Arlo Guthrie, 12/16/67-2/18/68 (various gigs), Golden Bear, Huntington Beach, CA; see preceding item for info on this famous So Cal club; this flyer is an 8.5 x 11 card folded over like a Christmas card; done in black and 2 shades of brick red, one panel shows a cartoon bear in a Santa Claus suit playing a guitar; two other sides have Christmas presents that list the upcoming gigs as noted above; the 4th side has a bulk rate stamp and space for an address. This is a very cool item; condition VG+ overall, no pinholes, a bit of general age and a small name in black ink on one of the sides. Asking $250.

The Sixpence, The Other Side, 3/23/67(?--maybe '68), Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 5.5 x 8.5 handbill; crude reverse-image black psychedelic lettering on brick red paper. Condition G, some folding and margin damage, but basically OK for a crude old handbill like this one. $20.

The Sons (of Champlin), Moby Grape, 9/6/1974, San Jose State University Student Union Hall, San Jose, CA; 8.5 x 11" B & W handbill with cool cartoon drawing of Mickey Mouse playing a guitar; not psychedelic but kinda neat item for this later show. 3 copies NM/NM-, S20 each. (*)

Bombay Glass Works, Albatross, Landing, Motowns, 5/18/1968, I.D.E.S. Hall, Hayward, CA; 8.5 x 11 flyer, B & W with figure of hooded woman against white background, with mushrooms at her feet; electric-charge style lettering, a decent image for this local show, but not compelling. 2 copies NM $15. (*)

Cyrcuit, Albatross Landing, Bombay Glass Works, 5/25/1968, Hayward, I.D.E.S. Hall; 8.5 x 11 & W flyer for these local bands, has sort of a tiki-like figure in the center with a large head containing visions of skulls, swirls, faces, a topless girl, etc. Decent for fans of these kind of local vintage gigs, $10 each. (*)

All My Tears, Bizarre, 8/20-21/71, Brown Centre, Hayward, CA; 8.5 x 11 handbill, B & W with dot screen background and crying eyes in the center, bubbly flowing psychedelic lettering below, decent but not spectacular, only one copy $10.

Iron Butterfly, Blues Image, 12/12/70(?), robertson Gym, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), 5.75" x 8.5" light purple handbill on thin paper; mushroom and odd bat-winged manta ray-butterfly creature, mostly typeset lettering. VG+/VG; center tack hole at top, light overall paper age (not bad); tape pull on back that doesn't show through, uncommon Santa Barbara handbill, $60.00.

Cannonball Adderly, Joe Williams, Urbie Green, 10/6/1972; Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Lamb, Azteca, 10/7/72; Ray Price, B. J. Thomas, Buffie Sainte-Marie, 10/8/72, Cow Palace; San Francisco; 3-day "National Music & Hi-Fi Expo"; very nice color 7 x 11 card by Randy Tuten with red background, very nice lettering, image of the earth like a music note; yellow background with black and silver-gray lettering for groups; nice attractive handbill; NM-; one small margin ding at bottom, $35.

Creedence Clearwater Revival, circa 1968 or so, promotional card with photo of the band in a wheat field; purple border and background, black photo; nice. Has printed signatures of each band member (not personally signed, sorry...wish they were!). Back is blank but most of them have doodling, lists, music biz stuff, phone numbers, that kind of stuff written on the back....the story I heard is that these were thrown out by Stu Cook a number of years back and recovered by someone, but who knows, that could be BS. In any case, someone in the music biz used them for scratch paper early on. Other than the writing on the back, most of them are NM on the front. I have a quantity of these and am offering them for now at $10 each. (*)

Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1971; promotional handout from Fantasy Records; 8.5 x 11; 4 page; brown on off-brown paper. Page 1 has group name in big letters and 3 die-cut windows with the photos of the 3 band members (minus Tom Fogerty) showing through. Page 2 contains a detailed history of the band from 1967 to July 1971, "Sweet Hitch Hiker" to be released, hence date of item; page 3 has history of the band and short bios of its individual members (again, minus Tom Fogerty, who had left the band by then). Page 4 just has the Fantasy logo. Entire item is in NM/NM- condition; great vintage promotional item for Creedence/John Fogerty fans. $25.

Dave Mason & Mama Cass, Ballin' Jack, Redeye, Buffalo Bob Smith, 1/7-9/71, Winterland, horizontal card with background photo of colorful sunrise over bare trees with snowy ground; purple Randy Tuten lettering. 5 NM cards, $5.00 each. (*)

Jazz Crusaders, Johnny Otis Show w. Shuggie Otis, Sweet Salvation, 10/14/72, Berkeley Community Theatre; 8 x 10 B & W Randy Tuten Art with photo; typical. NM $2.00. (*)

Tower of Power, Wayne Cochran & the CC Riders, 7/25/72, Keystone Berkeley; simple B & W 8 x 11 flyer with typeset lettering; no art; NM- $4.00.

Cold Blood, 1970 or so, promotional postcard for release of Cold Blood's first LP, from San Francisco Records, mailer with address of recipient on back and rendering of LP cover by Rick Griffin on front. 1 copy NM- with mailing list name on back, $20.

Elvin Bishop Group; Aum, 1970 or so, promotional postcard for the release of Elvin Bishop's first LP on Fillmore records and Aum's "Resurrection" LP on the same label; mailed to those in the Fillmore mailing list. 2 mailers with name on back, 1 NM $10; 1 VG+ $5.00. (*)

George Carlin Show with Kenny Rankin, 4/21/73, Marin Veterans' Memorial; San Rafael, CA; 5 x 7 black on bright yellow with typeset lettering and drawing of arm holding jester's mask. Only Carlin item I've ever had; good souvenir for anyone who collects his stuff. NM $4.00. (*)

Moliere's Les Fourberies de Scapin (stage play; must be heavy duty 'cause the title sure is a mouthful); 2/15/69, Veterans' Aud., SF, normally I don't deal in theatrical handbills but this one came in a stash of stuff and it has a pretty psychedelic appearance; front has psychedelic pink and blue wavy lines in background with photo of what is probably some of the characters from the play; back contains ticket ordering information. What the heck, somebody might want these. NM $5.00. (*)

McGuinness-Flint, 1971 promotional card for this British band; this card was one of a series done in 1971 by San Francisco poster artist Randy Tuten for Capitol Records, promoting various bands releasing LPs on that label at the time. This is a very attractive card with orange and blue lettering and a nice photo of the band; have 2 copies of this card, $5 each. (*)

Golden State Country Bluegrass Festival, 4/26-29/1974, Marin Veterans' Auditorium, San Rafael, CA; nice color card for this event that featured Vassar Clements, Doc & Merle Watson, Jim & Jesse, Ralph Stanley, Jimmy Martin, Merle Travis, Doug Dillard, John Hartford, Frank Wakefield, High Country, and others, "plus special guests" the special guests being Jerry Garcia's bluegrass band Old & In the Way, who unfortunately were not listed. Card is 5.25" x 8.25", with a turquoise, yellow, and orange border featuring California poppies in the corners; the center has B & W drawings of some of the main stars of the performance, along with bluegrass instruments; and a rendering of the Golden Gate Bridge and nice color lettering. All in all an attractive little card, 1 NM copy available, $20.

Genesis 1 Film Evolution, 6/12-13/1969, Cal. State Hayward Music Building (East Bay); not a music flyer but definitely "of the period" featuring front color art by the great Neon Park; full color with red and blue background, red and blue center panel with flaming letters, looks a bit like Bob Fried's style, or maybe faintly Moscoso's. Reverse side has info on the Hayward showing with quotes from local newspapers. NM $ 28.00.

"Secret Cinema," 7th Street, San Francisco, June 1968, B & W card with nice op art image of a tiger and op-art circles, reverse has list of films being shown that month, NM-, slight wrinkling $7.00.

Bally Lo, circa 1967, promotional card for this clothing store that was also a Fillmore ticket outlet. Black and gray, 5x7 with photo of models; almost looks like a negative image. Back of card gives address of store. Apparently was also used as a business card as there are different printed names on the back. Have 1 copies that say "Mike" on the back and 2 copies that say "Phil" on the back. Your choice $5.00 each; inexpensive fun item for those who collect period memorabilia. (*)

Victor Moscoso, 1971, "Trip to Mars"; commercial headship postcard with an intricate Moscoso comic straip on the front and aspace for a m essage on the back; with Moscoso copyright; nice unusual head ship type item. 3 copies NM $15 each (*)

The Magazine, circa 1976 or so, San Francisco; 8.5 x 11 B & W flyer by Greg Irons with image of old newsboy selling papers at a corner newsstand; nice Irons art. The Magazine was a store in downtown SF that specialized in old paper of all types, including posters... Have 6 nice NM copies, only $4.00 each; nice item for Greg Irons collectors. (*)

St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland, CA

Here's a truly unusual offering of handbills from St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland. This is a prestigious high end private parochial high school that was founded in 1921 and apparently in the 1960s they sponsored a series of dances, featuring some of the better bands in the Bay Area. The handbills for these were mostly done on what appears to have been an old time school mimeograph machine, so the images are very pale in some cases and the colors not very strong, but nevertheless they actually did what looks like multi-colored mimeographs which isn't something you usually see. I believe these are from the summer of 1968; unfortunately the day and date don't appear on any of them, making dating difficult, but based on the bands and the dates for Friday night dances, I'm going to go with 68 until proven otherwise. These are in excellent shape but are absolutely positively authentic and came from an old original stash of someone who was associated with the shows. Check them out.

Youngbloods, Pink Wedge, Raine, 7/12/1968, St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland, CA; 5.5. x 8.5, multicolor mimeograph, colors very light and indistinct but really cool-crude image of a smiling sun at the top, Wes Wilson-influenced lettering at the top, and what looks like a moon scene at the bottom. It is really too bad this wasn't printed better as the image is really kind of nice. Be that as it may, it is what it is, 1 copy on goldenrod stock,$50.

Friend, Sons of Champlin, 7/26/68, St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland, CA; nice 5.5 x 8.5 with multicolored mimrograph image of a sunflower with an eye in the center, lettering in the Wes Wilson style. Although the image colors are light due to the process described above, this is a very unusual Sons handbill for fans of that band. I have 3 copies on goldenrod stock and three on pale yellow stock, your choice $45 each. (*)

The Savonics, The Post Raisin Band, 8/9/1968, St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland, CA; 5.5 x 8.5 handbill on thin paper, image on this one is especially faint as described above, has image of weird head with the lettering in the hair, I have 1 purple on pale yellow copy, 1 purple on goldenrod copy, 2 purple on white copies, and 1 blue on pale blue copy, all with the usual crudeness of this series of shows, your choice $25 each. (*)

Mint Tattoo (Blue Cheer related), Fog, 8/23/68, St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland, CA, nice 6.5 x 8.5 handbill, red on thin white paper with images of the band member's faces on snail's bodies; typically crude as described above. 5 copies, basically NM/NM-, $30 each. (*)

Friend, Mother Lode, 8/23/68, St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland, CA, 5.5 x 8.5 handbill, red on thin blue paper with image of mushroom with psychedelic lettering, note same date as the Mint Tattoo show above so maybe there was a cancellation? 1 copy, NM $25.

Linda Tillery & Loading Zone, Pink Wedge, 9/6/1968, St Elizabeth High School, Oakland, CA, 5.5 8 8.5 with decent blue image of Linda Tillery and psychedelic lettering, appealingly crude as described above; I have 1 copy on goldenrod stock and one copy on white stock, all in the NM/NM- range, $30 each. (*)

"Keep on Truckin'" timeless, but probably dates back to sometime in 1969; this is a B & W 8.5" x 10.5" piece of paper handbill, flyer, whatever that has a 5-panel R. Crumb cartoon with the famous "Keep on Truckin" image of a bunch of cartoon characters shufflin' along; panel 2 says "truckin' on down the line" and features guy in a plaid suit with a cane and hat shufflin' down a city street, panel 3 is captioned "hey, hey" and shows another guy walking in the opposite direction, panel 4 shows to goofily dressed kids walking down a residential street with the caption "I said keep on truckin'" and panel 5 shows 2 businessmen-types raising their hats in unison as they truck down the street, with the caption "truckin' my blues away." Whew. I've seen this cartoon before, probably in a Zap comix book or similar source, but this does not appear to have been torn out of anything, but rather separately printed not photocopied, so it seems it was reproduced for distribution, purpose and/or event unknown. Grades about VG+/VG overall, not pinholes but basic paper age and one noticeable but not awful dark spot in the center, probably could be cleaned up if desired. $20.

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