Country Joe & the Fish, The Only Alternative & His Other Possibility, 12/17/1966, California Hall, San Francisco; LEMAR marijuana benefit poster by Berkeley artist Tom Weller; large 17" x 24" orange and purple poster on white poster stock featuring typical Weller lettering (reminiscent of Wes Wilson) and profile drawings of two women with orange hair. My personal favorite of Weller's posters; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.146; nice clean solid VG+ copy, no pinholes, good colors and just a bit of wear, $ 140.
Country Joe & the Fish, Steve Miller Blues Band, S.F. Mime Troupe, Robert Baker, 2/19/67, California Hall; scarce "Port Chicago Vigil" poster by Stanley Mouse in red and blue on white background with typical early Mouse lettering and center image of nude woman, for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.137; minor restoration of corner damages has left this an appealing VG+ overall; good eye appeal, $375. center, 1 small chunk missing in upper LH margin outside image. Image bright and colors strong, $375.
"Bedrock One" festival with Steve Miller Band, Dino Valenti, Orkustra, SF Mime Troupe, others, 3/5/1967, California Hall, SF; this was sort of intended to be a Trips Festival type event, I think, with a variety of kinds of artists and performers. There were a number of flyers for this event; this is the full size poster which is 13.5" x 19.5" and is purple on purple gray stock, resulting in sort of a low-contrast image which is difficult to read; very intricate artwork featuring sort of a psychedelic flower image between a woman's spread legs, get it? And very intricate reverse-lettering that, as noted, is very hard to read due to the low contrast image. I'd describe this as an intricate and ambitious poster that didn't quite live up to its pretensions...nevertheless, an important early SF event; this is a hard-to-find NM- copy of this poster, $225.00
Thelonious Monk, Dr. John the Night Tripper, The Charlatans, 5/3-5/1968, Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, great 11 x 14 image by Rick Shubb, in the Lee Conklin style with a black background, center image with grotesque characters in blue, yellow, two shades of green, and black. For illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.167. Three copies available; #1 is solid NM-/VG+; no pinholes, bright colors, a couple small handling marks in corners, otherwise very clean, $125; copy #2 is similar to copy #1 but has one storage wrinkle at top center and another smaller one in upper RH border, $85; copy #3 has more prominent condition issues; 4 staple pulls, fairly prominent but fortunately there does not appear to be any missing paper, plus some tape pulls on the reverse, and a diagonal corner crease in the lower LH corner, in the black outside of the image. Could be cleaned up if desired, otherwise a decent filler copy, $65.
Steve Miller Band, Kaleidoscope, The Youngbloods, 5/10-12/68, Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco; art by Kelley has sort of an American flag motif with a center image of a woman staring at an hourglass, surrounded by the stars of the flag, with the stripes at the right. Classic Kelley design that for some reason has managed to escape illustration in all the poster books so far, as far as I know. This is the large, double size version, 22" x 28"; also comes in mid size and card size but the big one--the one offered here-- is by far the hardest to find. VG+ copy; minor pinholes and general age spots, basically a decent copy of this attractive poster, $195. I also have a copy of the smaller, mid-sized version, 11" x 14"; full color art; VG copy; no pinholes and colors decent but slight paper aging and has a a vertical, slightly diagonal fold across the right 1/3 of the image. Offering it at $30; good price.
Booker T & the MGs, It's A Beautiful Day, Tim Buckley, 6/14-16/1968, Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco; Stanley Mouse's "Have a Heart" poster wherein an alien being with a glowing head reaches out from the darkness with glowing hands to offer you, the viewer, a throbbing, glowing read human heart. Stencil-like lettering at the bottom detracts somewhat (in my view) from the upper portion of the image. Nevertheless, one of Mouse's best airbrush designs, this copy grades probably VG/VG-; multiple pinholes, and general age. Colors OK and could probably be cleaned up considerably if desired; a bargain priced filler copy for $50.
Nick Gravenites, Congress of Wonders, 11/8-13/1966, Matrix; early poster by Ruth Garbell; approx. 14" x 22"; brick red on white stock; 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. This is one of those posters I keep thinking was illustrated in The Art of Rock, but I guess not. Nice VG+ copy; no pinholes, just one light drip stain towards lower corner. Uncommon early Matrix poster, nice in this condition. $ 175.00.
Neon Rose #1, Junior Wells, Steve Mann, 12/27/66-1/8/67. Matrix, San Francisco, fantastic early Victor Moscoso design with orange design, blue op-art style letters and a bright green reverse-image photo of Jr. Wells; one of my favorite Moscoso posters, this is a second printing per Eric King (small white mark in the upper RH blue border--easy to tell if you know where to look for it), nice NM/NM- copy, $65.
Neon Rose #4, Big Brother & the Holding Co., 1/31/1967, Matrix, San Francisco; Victor Moscoso op-art image, green & pink background with a photo of a guy with a key around his neck; orange lettering; typically bright and colorful for this series; this is a second printing with the characteristic white dot in the upper RH corner of the image, VG+/VG copy with corner tack holes and ripples from being rolled for many years, selling it cheap as a filler copy for $12.50.
Neon Rose #B-2, Nieman-Marcus Poster Show Exhibition, Dallas 1967, beautiful large double-sized poster by Victor Moscoso with the colors and imagery typical of his work of this period; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.356, NM/NM- copy that's been rolled in a tube for awhile but will flatten out eventually, $45.
Spooky Tooth, David Blue, Cleveland Wrecking Co., Seatrain, 9/17-28 (multiple shows), Matrix, San Francisco; large 17" x 23" B & W, printed by Bindweed Press with comic strip style that shows a definite Rick Griffin influence; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.119. Hard poster to find; I've seen very few of these over the years and to the best of my recollection, this is the first time I've ever offered one for sale. Condition VG+/VG; clean overall with some pinholes, light margin wrinkles and a spot of general age, not bad overall. $100.
Charlie Musselwhite, South Bay Experimental Flash, Mendelbaum, 10/24/25/69, B & W with fairly crude lettering and center image of a guy with a simian looking face dressed in a tuxedo with one of those flat hats and a cane like an old vaudeville guy, tipping his hat to an unseen audience, a weird one, that's for sure. NM $45
Grateful Dead, South Bay Experimental Flash, Alligator, 11/7-8/1969, New Old Fillmore, there are 2 Grateful Dead posters in this series; this is the scarcer of the two, similar to the Halloween image described above, but with a red spirit rising from a black graveyard, with tombstones with inscriptions like "thank you," "Holy Cow," "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow," "Rip it Up," "Mother," and "God"; red and black overall, really cool image NM- $225.
Country Weather, Sanpaku, Floating Bridge, 11/14-15/69, New Old Fillmore, outer dark yellow border with inner photo of a cheap hotel and caf‚, B & W with yellow accents, NM- $45
Flamin' Groovies, Freedom Highway, Ice, 11/28-29/69, New Old Fillmore, nice image with cartoonish lettering typical for the Flamin' Groovies, goofy cartoon character with a shirt labeled "Crosby" in the top center, red and blue on pale yellow stock, one of the nicer images in this series, NM $60.
Big Mama Thornton, Shag, Mendelbaum, 12/5-6/69, nice design by Lightyear Studios with purple background, dark yellow accents, and lettering in brown and reverse-white, on white stock, with a star in the center of the image with an eye in the middle, and leaves left and right. Nice image overall, NM $ 60.
LET'S START WITH A TRULY RARE ONE: T-Bone Walker, Sr. & Jr., "battle of the blues," Hembra Helena (exotic dancers), 12/28/1961, Navy City Elks Club, Vallejo; classic boxing style poster dark blue on white cardboard poster stock, very cool photo of T-Bone Walker playing his guitar behind his head, while doing the splits, labeled a "Dance and loor Show (typo on the "F"). Printed by Horwinski Printing Co, Oakland. (This is a 100+ year old company that still exists and apparently is beginning to reissue some of its older stuff, but this clearly is an original poster the age to the cardboard alone would be almost impossible to fake.) It also is a 2-sided poster, with a gig for a local club in San Pablo, CA featuring local acts on the other side. Condition is really nice for an old boxing poster. No pinholes or significant dings or folds; as noted the corners have the browning that typcially occurs on old boxing posters, and slight overall cardboard age to the whole poster. The reverse has a couple of tape scuffs or pulls, but who cares given the condition of the T-Bone Walker side. This may well be the only surviving copy of this poster if you have seen another, please let me know it is a great old vinage boxing poster for one of the legends of the blues. PRICE ON REQUEST (expensive).
Bobby Freeman, Wally Cox, the Untouchables, 2/23/1963, Walnut Creek Hall; classic Tilghman Press boxing poster with red & black split fountain lettering and photos of the performers; for image, click here . Condition VG-; staining and general age as is typical for the early Tilghman posters, like all of them, this is very rare. Bobby Freeman was a local artist who recorded on Tom Donahue's Autumn Records. $395.
Grateful Dead, 1970, original promotional poster for Workingman's Dead LP, 24" x 31.25" (approx.), printed on thin coarse brown paper, similar to a supermarket shopping bag but thinner, with a large B & W version of the cover photo from the LP featuring the band dressed as blue collar factory workers standing on a run-down street holding lunch pails, etc. Lettering at top is similar to the front cover of the LP, with words "New From the Grateful Dead on Warner Brothers Records and Tapes" in rather faint light brown letters against the darker brown background. This is a really cool looking poster, totally in step with the songs and theme of this famous LP which represented the transition of the Dead from an acid-drenched jam band to a focus on their particular vision of Americana. This poster is very rare and I have seen only a handful of copies come up over the years. This is, I recollect, only the third copy I have ever had. It is in fairly good shape; has some noticeable wrinkling along the upper edge, principally along the left upper half of the image, apparently from being rolled and then stored with less than ideal care. Also has one microscopic pin hole (like a needle prick) in each corner. The wrinkles could probably be flattened considerably if desired, and it would frame beautifully. Price $650, nice item for a serious Grateful Dead collector.
The Mystery Trend, the Great Society, 1/23/1966, Gate Theatre, Sausalito; approx 11.5" x 15" "tweener" size poster; B & W on thin paper stock with photo of both bands including Grace Slick and very simple typeset lettering. For illustration, see the The Art of Rock, pl. 2.301. This is an important early poster and one of the earliest photos of Grace Slick on any concert poster, many months before she joined the Jefferson Airplane. This is a rather rare poster; the copy offered here is my former collection copy, 40 years later...it has a good overall appearance; some folds that show on the back but are not a big deal, and I had two torn 1" diagonals in the upper corners repaired. Looks really good now. Asking $550 for it or a trade for a similar item of comparable value.
Big Brother & the Holding Company, Southside Sound System, 9/1-3/67, Straight Theater, San Francisco, CA; approximately 17.5" x 22" Pink, blue and dark blue; angular design with lots of triangles in bright colors, hard to describe but nice image; for illustration, see the The Art of Rock, pl. 2.228. Condition VG+, but some dirt spots and minor discoloration with a couple of corner creases in the margins, outside of the image (this one has wide 2" -3" white margins), nice obscure and fairly scarce Janis Joplin/Big Brother poster, $250.
Steve Miller, Allman Joy, Linn County, 2/21-23/69, Avalon Ballroom, Sound Proof Productions show; "Radio Active" poster by Kelley with bright red-yellow-black diamond background, center collage of men with gas mask and in radiation suit. For illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.30. 2 copies available; 1 very nice NM, $195; second copy, NM- /VG+; strong colors and no pinholes but a couple of light margin wrinkles, $150. (*)
"Rockarama" Santana, It's A Beautiful Day, Allmen Joy; Lamb, Anonymous Artists of America, 3/26/69; Cleveland Wrecking Company, Ace of Cups, Conqueroo, Morning Glory, 3/27/69; Melting Pot, Cleanliness & Godliness Skiffle Band, Linn County, the Fourth Way, Deadly Nightshade, 3/28/69; Shades of Joy, Clover, Country Weather, Frumious Bandersnatch, 3/29/69; Youngbloods, A.B. Skhy, Initial Shock, Alice Cooper, Pure Funk, 3/30/69, Avalon Ballroom (Sound Proof Productions), black on thin bright yellow paper, 14" x 17" with cartoon- style artwork by Zap Comix artist Gilbert Shelton, with image of lots of musicians playing their instruments in front of a stack of aps and speakers, condition VG+; clean except for on horizontal crease that is not especially noticeable in the front of the image, $175.
Howlin' Wolf, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jesse Fuller, John Fahey, Sam Hinton, Mirch Greenhill, Congress of Wonders, Andrews Sisters, Joan Baez, lots of other folk artists, 6/4- 7/1968, University of California, Berkeley; Berkeley Folk Music Festival; approximately 12.25" 20"; black and red typeset lettering in horizontal format on cardboard stock with yellow background; almost qualifies as a "boxing poster." Collage photos of the performers to the left and right sides of the lettering. I have 2 nice NM copies, beautiful condition; $275 each (*)
Love, P. J. Proby, Moby Grape, Young Giants, Carousels, 5/19-20/67 (I think...could be possibly '66), Winterland, S.F.; 13.5" x 19"; primarily orange and green and a little bit of yellow with weird image of woman sort of like a woodblock cut print. Psychedelic but a bit crude. VG+.; no pinholes; minor hard to see tape residue in upper corners. Very nice NM copy, $100.
Sandy Bull, Congress of Wonders, The Hobbits, 7/7-8/1967, Western Front, San Francisco., Poster WF #3; nice B & W image by the great Greg Irons, with a center drawing of some bizarre musical instrument and the caption "live concert of the smedley one man steam band" and lettering / artwork typical of Irons' other designs for the Western Front and California Hall. Uncommon poster; this copy is a used VG- or so copy with ancient vertical & horizontal center folds, corner creases and general age and paper wear; some fairly minor discoloration spots in the image; no paper loss or tears; actually looks a little better than this description makes it sound, and would frame out decently. Priced cheaply at $25.00 due to the condition issues, a fair deal with someone who isn't super fussy on the condition.
Blue Cheer, The Other Half, The Wildflower, 10/20-21/67, Western Front, San Francisco, CA; approx. 14" x 21"; nice clean faintly art-deco image by Jack Hatfield, featuring thin angular letters somewhat reminiscent of David Singer's later style, center image in red pink and blue of a bedouin-type guy puffing on what looks like a hookah; nicely executed image. Printed by Bindweed Press. VG+/VG, has some corner wrinkles and slight corner tear in lower LH corner, and a little more general age, $50.
Jefferson Airplane, It's A Beautiful Day, Joan Baez, Ace of Cups, Phoenix, Fourth Way, 7/7/69, Family Dog at the Beach & Fillmore West; this is the famous "Wild West Show" -- famous primarily in that this incarnation of it never happened. The poster, however, is a classic San Francisco effort by Wes Wilson and Victor Moscoso at their most psychedelic, with a top image of the winged horse Pegasus in yellow-orange against a split fountain light blue to dark blue sky; the bottom shows the sun setting over a landscape containing the lettering for the bands in the classic Moscoso style. Classic beautiful San Francisco poster that sadly has not been illustrated frequently, so not well known out of the area. Two copies available; copy 1 is a beautiful NM copy, NM $275; copy 2 grades about the lower end of VG+; has multiple pinholes in the corners and a little light general paper age that doesn't show much due to the dark coloring. Asking $225. (*)
Young Rascals, Country Joe & the Fish, Sons of Champlin, Sparrow (pre-Steppenwolf), "Special Guests"; 6/28/67, Oakland Coliseum. Presented by Bill Quarry. 17 x 22.5"l turquoise-green with red accents on yellow paper stock. Nice well-executed flower-power type art that is kind of a cross between Wes Wilson's early style and the style of the artist Gut, if you are familiar with him. Hand drawn swirling lettering with floral accents; well done. Artist is one Don Ryder. An interesting sidelight is that the "Special Guests" turned out to be the Grateful Dead; they apparently were added at the last minute and though their names do not appear on the poster or handbill for the event, they do appear, with full photo credit, in the show program. The handbill for this event is fairly common, but the full sized poster, offered here, is a good deal harder to find. This copy grades VG+ overall; some minor storage wrinkles and margin dings, including a 1/2" tear at the lower RH side, but it is basically a fine copy of this poster and the defects wouldn't bother most collectors. Asking $225.
Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, Chambers Brothers, Spirit, Eric Burdon, Canned Heat, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Youngbloods, Steve Miller, Chuck Berry, Buddy Miles, Muddy Waters, Taj Mahal, Noel Redding, Lee Michaels, Blues Image, Santana, Aum, Elvin Bishop, Poco, People, Linn County, Loading Zone, Sweet Linda Devine, Cat Mother, Doc Watson, New Lost City Ramblers, 3/23-25/1969, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Santa Clara, CA; well, this has to be one of the best festival lineups I've ever heard of; I always wondered but recently ran into someone who actually went to this and verified that Hendrix, at least, actually played at it. There are a couple of versions of the poster, this is the good one with dark yellow background, red lettering, and a circle with three Art-Noveau-ish looking women with a pale orange background. Condition is a pretty solid VG+; colors strong and no pinholes. There are a few insignificant margin dings from poor storage and a slight and fairly faint discoloration along some of the margins where tape apparently was removed but left a teeny bit of residue that would not show if framed. This makes is sound worse than it actually is the overall appearance is attractive and would be acceptable to all but the pickiest collector. This poster is popular and has sold well because of the amazing lineup; some reported prices have significantly exceeded $1,000. Asking $650 for this copy.
Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, 4/29/72, Pepperland, San Rafael, and 4/30/1972, Berkeley Community Theater, Berkelely; 12.5" x 19" B & W on thick cardboard stock with great classic DIE-CUT photos of Thornton & Waters. Very cool poster and SCARCE; this is my former collection copy which is clean except for one place in the lower LH corner area where removal of some tape caused a lightening of the ink in that area; noticeable but not very obtrusive to my eyes. Many of these posters have creases across the necks of the photos due to careless handling causing folds, but this one does not. Asking $425.00.
Quicksilver, Stoneground, Big Brother & the Holding Co., Sopwith Camel, 12/31/71, Friends and Relations Hall (Old Family Dog on the Great Highway), San Francisco; second annual New Years Eve costume ball (I went to the first one, but missed this...). 14.5" 19" poster, black and brick red on silver-gray background; has a Mucha-like image of a woman in the center with a sky background; artwork is somewhat crude but not unattractive; an uncommon later Quicksilver poster, condition solid VG+, one tack hole in each corner; was rolled up for about 40 years and curls a little on the edges but will flatten out eventually, $195.
Quicksilver Messenger Service, Ace of Cups, Congress of Wonders, 8/9-10/1968, Sound Factory, Sacramento, CA; excellent design by San Andreas Fault with an old engraving of angels or mythological figures over a silver background. Bright orange-red lettering at the bottom completes what is all in all a most attractive image. One of the most attractive of the Sound Factory series; unfortunately not illustrated in the Art of Rock, but should be. Here's a really nice NM copy, $395. Rare and well worth it.
Linn County, Sons of Champlin, Charlie Musselwhite, 9/6-7/68. Sound Factory, Sacramento, CA; another excellent poster in this attractive series; this one by "Pennington" with yellow background, background engraving in blue green with image of some Roman Empire scene or something of that ilk, can't really describe it. Bright red lettering completes the look; this is a very attractive and not very well known poster; beautiful NM copy $250.
Grateful Dead, 5/3/74, Portland Coliseum, Portland, OR. Canceled concert, very nice Pacific Presentations poster, red background and lettering with blue tour photo of the Dead in the center; similar to other Pacific Presentations posters of the period, but a very nice combination of colors; for illustration of the image, click here. Difficult poster to find because concert was canceled and posters never extensively distributed. Nice NM-/VG+ copy with untrimmed margins, clean and attractive. NM $600.
Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, 5/5/1974, PNE Coliseum, Vancouver, BC. Canceled concert; very nice Pacific Presentations poster; red background and lettering with blue tour photo of the Dead in the center; similar to other Pacific Presentations posters of the period, but a very nice combination of colors; for illustration of the image, click here. This is a very hard poster to find for this canceled date, VG+ with teeny staple holes in corners in the white border area; almost invisible; basically a NM poster; $600.
Grateful Dead, 7/19/1974, Selland Arena, Fresno, CA; nice Pacific Presentations poster, approximately 12" x 21.25"; black and white with standard '74 tour poster shot of the band including Keith Godchaux; for illustration of the image, click here. Condition: 2 copies; 1 NM/NM-; $330; second I would have to grade it NM-/VG+; basically a NM- poster but with some storage wrinkles in the bottom margin, most prominently in the LH corner, these show up to some extent in the illustration. An uncommon poster, as are many of these early 70's Pacific Presentation posters, $300. (*)
The Swingin' Deacons, 8/16/1961, American Legion Hall, Mill Valley, CA, 11" x 13.5" poster with crude orange-red block lettering on white card stock. Incredibly rare and historic item since the Swingin' Deacons were one of the earliest bands of legendary guitarist John Cipollina. I was fortunate enough to get a few copies of these posters many years ago and am now putting one on my list for the first time. Conditions VG+, with general age, asking $500 or a good trade.
The Swingin' Deacons, 8/23/1961, American Legion Hall, Mill Valley, CA, 11" x 13.5" poster with crude black lettering on pink card stock. See description above. I think this is my last extra copy of this one, condition VG, OK but some wrinkles and age in the paper; amazing this exists at all! Would prefer a trade for this one since it is probably my last extra copy but I might be talked out of it if the price is right...
The Swingin' Deacons, 8/30/1961, American Legion Hall, Mill Valley, CA, 11" x 13.5" poster with crude blue block lettering on light yellow card stock. Incredibly rare and historic item since the Swingin' Deacons were one of the earliest bands of legendary guitarist John Cipollina. I have 2 copies of this available at this time; one is basically NM-/VG+; the other is more or less VG+ with a little foxing in the margins. Asking $500 each for these, earliest buyer gets the best copy. (*)
Tiny Hearing Aid Co., The Ugly Harpies, The Pullice, 6/30/67(?), Petaluma Memorial Aud.. Petaluma, CA, "Freak Out Fest" with "Buddha" and "Ferando Walt Miller"; crude 17.75" x 21" poster on thick poster stock. Crude black and blue artwork on white background with photo of some longhairs, drawing of a Civil War era soldier and someWewstern looking dude in a suit; crudely psychedelic lettering. Interesting early local North Bay show, VG/VG+; pinholes and some edge wear/creasing on one side; generally decent overall appearance, $125.
The New Breed, Butch Engle & the Styx, 2/8/1967, Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA; nice cardboard boxing style poster in the series done by Golden Star Promotionsl swirly blue to dark green lettering at the top, red bar where the venue is listed, and date at bottom. Lettering is all drawn, not typeset. Someone has signed the front of the poster in red ink where the "New Breed" lettering is, most likely a member of that band. Overall condition VG+; tape in upper corners and a wee bit of general age; otherwiwse clean, $200 good price.
"Battle of the Bands," Mourning Glory, 2/11/1967, Petaluma Vets, Petaluma CA; Golden Star Promotions, a boxing style (letterpress) poster on thick cardbpoard with proto-psychedelic green lettering and crude drawing of demon-ish cartoon figure by "Haffbadd"; orange block lettering. The early Golden Star posters are very cool because they represent a transition from the old boxing style to the psychedelic style; most of the shows were done in Marin and Sonoma counties but a few in surrounding areas as well. I collect these posters seriously as they are an important series from this area. I rarely ever list them, but I'm going to put this one out for fun and see what happens. VG, basic paper age and a small tape stain bottom center, but overall this is in better than average shape for a Golden Star poster. $300.
Battle of the Bands, 3/4/1967, Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA; nice typical Golden Star Promotions boxing-style poster on thick cardboard with crudely psychedelic lettering and lettering sort of like a stone tower; purple to green split fountain lettering with red crossbar below; very cool poster; and scarce. VG+ overall, light pinholes and age, $295.
Battle of the Bands, 4/14/1967, Petaluma Vets, Petaluma, CA, Golden Star Promotions cardboard poster on thick stock; yellow background with brick red pseudo-psychedelic lettering (drawn, not typeset), another rare North Bay poster for all ye fans of such things. NM-; very hard to find Golden Star posters in this condition, good price $200.
Sons of Champlin, Sons of Liberty, Mother's Children (interesting combination of band names!), 4/22/1967, Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA; this is another Golden Star Promotions boxing-style poster; all original art and lettering, not typeset on this one, lettering at top in sort of stretched-out convoluted crude psychedelic lettering, Sons of Champlin is in purple and the other bands in Black, with little cartoon doodles drawn in amongst the letters, black venue lettering with a red bar in the back, and date lettered in at the bottom with orange ticket prices. This is one of my favorite Golden Star posters with really appealing transitional type art; this copy is a bit shopworn, teeny bits of paper (1/8") missing in the corners from tack hole pulls, and general overall discoloration and age. Classic North Bay garage band dance, and very rare, priced very reasonably due to condition at $200.
New Breed, The Pullice, 5/29/1967, Santa Rosa Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA; Golden Star Promotions poster, typical for the series, crude purple and blue pseudo-psychedelic lettering. This one is in excellent condition, basically NM but the purple ink smeared badly in the print process which detracts from the overall appearance of the poster; I have seen two other copies of this one and both exhibit the same defects to some degree. Asking $200.
Cold Blood, Linn County, A.B. Skhy, Elvin Bishop, Southwind, 6/6-7/69, The Barn, Rio Nido, CA; nice image by Lee Conklin; red backgtound, image of a bunch of cows walking around a barn made out of the block letters "The Barn," top part shows the sky with lettering in puffy clouds and a woman stepping out of them holding a ribbon with the name of the promoter on it. All of this is in color and with the typical Conklin embellishments. Lee Conklin did a series of 4 posters for the Barn and they are some of his nicer efforts of the period; this copy is nice NM-/VG+ clean and no pinholes, just small hints of wear here and there, $275.
Country Weather, Sanpaku, Jaybird, 6/20-21/69, The Barn, Rio Nido, CA, this is a very nice poster by Lee Conklin, one of a series of 4 he did for this venue, featuring a theme with psychedelic trees with roots in the shape of naked female bodies and green swirling branches, purple background and sky. Full color, typical Lee Conklin poster for the period; this series of 4 is a wonderful little set, and other than the Grateful Dead/Hot Tuna "ears" poster, which is a big deal at the moment, the others don't get the attention they deserve. This is a nice VG+ copy, no pinholes but a little bit of diagonal corner creasing in the corners, $275.
The Youngbloods, 12/4/1971, Berkeley Community Theater, nice 14" x 20" poster for one of my favorite bands ever; high contrast photo of the band against a blue dot matrix background with typeset gig lettering; a bit commercial but nice example of a poster for the later years of this band when they did some of their best stuff, "Hippie from Olema" and so on. Strong VG+; corner staple holes, otherwise clean. $75.00.
New Riders of the Purple Sage, Country Joe McDonald, Stoneground, Grootna, Ace of Cups, 6/3/1971, Friends and Relations Hall (Old FD Great Highway), San Francisco; "A party for Mother Earth," very nice poster by Alton Kelley with an Indian theme featuring a Navaho kachina (?) face, similar lettering for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 4.11. Nice VG+ copy, minor pinholes in corners, otherwise clean, $175. Extra added bonus: I will throw in at no extra charge a partial printing of the poster, pink only, nice curiosity piece.
P.H. Phactor Jugband, 7/15-24/66, Cedar Alley Coffee House, North Beach, San Francisco; nice 13" x 20.5" poster iwth brown lettering on goldenrod stock, nice lettering and cross-hatched drawing of leaves and flowers in the back; very minor pinholes, strong VG+ $25.00.
The T-Bones, Blue House Basement, The Mourning Reign, Lighthouse, 1/7/67 (I think...possibly 1968), Continental Auditorium, Santa Clara, CA; 11" x 17" on thin paper...believe it or not, this uses the same basic design and colors as Mouse's famous FD-14 Zig-Zag image! It is, in effect, an ALTERNATE ZIG-ZAG POSTER!!, in a slightly smaller format. Gold-brown lettering and design with the blue smoker's face in the center. Now, I have been collecting posters for most of what by now is a fairly full lifetime (more than 40 years collecting), most of that here in the Bay Area, and it is very rare that I run across something this cool that I've never seen before. But in all that time, I was totally unaware of this poster's existence. And just to add to the weirdness, I ran across two of them within a year. So it has to be very rare, and the coolness speaks for itself. So I'm listing my extra copy here, this one is around VG overall and no pinholes, image generally clean but there is some deterioration in the ticket block area at the bottom. All the lettering is intact but the paper in that one spot is weak and there is a slight irregularity for about 1.5" along the bottom margin, maybe 1/8" average depth. Would benefit from having the paper in this area stabilized; otherwise it is fine. I'm going to ask $1250 for this; it is something for a very serious collector trades for items of similar coolness and rarity considered.
"Super Ball," [No performers listed], 4/3/68, Winterland, San Francisco; KMPX "first birthday benefit," yellow background with red and pink design by San Andreas Fault featuring photo of tangled nude figures. Note that although no groups were listed, the performers included the Grateful Dead and others and the show is listed in Deadbase as a Grateful Dead concert. VG+; pinholes and minor margin tear in upper border; image clean; $55.00.
Incredible String Band, Doug Kershaw, Joy of Cooking, 11/13-14/69, Pepperland, San Rafael, CA; low contrast blue & green background with night seen and yellow moon and lettering. Nice art; 2 copies. First is a very nice NM- copy, hard to find in this shape, as,ing $75; next we have a VG/VG+ copy, a bit of overall light wear and general age, decent copy of this poster, $45. (*)
Leon Russell, Captain Beefheart, Clover, 11/27-28/70, Pepperland, San Rafael, CA; 9.5 x 17.5" B & W poster on thin paper with great image of Leon Russell against a starry sky...VG+ copy; 1/2" diagonal; wrinkle in upper RH corner that has resulted in slight loss of ink at that spot; faint water spot in background by Leon's face; otherwise clean, $75. Also have second copy, basically about VG or so but has some tape in corners that probably can't be removed without damaging the poster, and a 3/4" tape pull in the LH margin; sounds better than it looks; bargain basement price $25. (*)
Chuck Berry, Sir Douglas Quintet, Boz Scaggs, 12/18-19/69, Pepperland, San Rafael, CA; very nice poster with dark blue background, orange sun-face in center with black rays, and lettering in white. Nice, attractive image, low contrast lettering makes the show info hard to read, otherwise very nice image. One copy, very nice NM-, hard to find in this condition, $125; second copy VG-; wrinkles, folds, one large white spot in the blue, and a fair amount of general age, but no pinholes. Not awful, but definitely far from perfect. A filler copy. $25. (*)
Yogi Phlegm (formerly the Sons of Champlin), Cottonmouth, Grimey Devine, 11/6-7/71, Solano County Fairgrounds, Vallejo; 10 x 15 B & W poster hand lettering, image of mountains in background with birds; fairly nondescript but an unusual Sons poster; first I've seen. Nice NM copy $75.
Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen, Charlie Musselwhite, Sonoma Mtn. Road, 6/25-26/71, Friends and Relations Hall (Old Family Dog), Great Highway, San Francisco; large 17.5" x 23" pink and white poster on thin stock with a design that defies description; there is a large frog head in the center, lily pads or something at the top, lots of psychedelic lines and lettering, a little crude but decent art, strong VG+ no pinholes, but cracking along the outer margin of one edge due to careless storage--image unaffected. $60.
Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, 6/22/1972, Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA; 10 x 16.25" dark purple on thin pale slate blue stock; shows Kristofferson's face in right diagonal portion of image, with reversed typeset lettering dividing image in half and typeset ticket info at bottom. Small lettering at bottom advertises upcoming Commander Cody / Dan Hicks show. VG+; staple holes in corners and one minor staple tear in upper LH corner. $25.
Hoghead Cheese, California Republic, lights by Holy Magma; 4/5/??, Oroville Auditorium; well, here's a totally obscure poster; approx. 17" x 22.5"; crude black line artwork with a pink background on thin white stock; crudely drawn faces, swirly lines, looks like a high school student's doodling of something; I have never heard of either of these bands or seen them on any other posters, so this must have been extremely local, no way to tell the year for certain but the artwork definitely has a late 1960s feel; this qualifies as the oddest poster I've seen in awhile; have 3 NM copies of this one, $40 each. (*)
Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead), "Rolling Thunder" LP, 1971; beautiful large promotional piece by Kelley/Mouse; upper portion of the poster features a full color reproduction of the excellent cover art; bottom lists the artists who contributed their services to the LP, including Jerry Garcia, John Cipollina, and many others. These are record store promos and were machine folded in sixths for distribution; other than the folds, they are in prefect NM condition. Have several copies available; $25 each; a bargain for a cool item like this. (*)
Berkeley Jazz Symposium featuring Michael White Quartet, Barbara Davis sings Ma Rainey, Inter-Galactic Music Family, Morris Atcheson Unit, 7/9-10/71, Newman Hall, Berkeley; 11 x 17 B & W poster on thin stock, with white typeset lettering over B & W photo of Michael White. VG+; clean with a hint of overall age. $40.
Randy Newman, 8/4-5/72, Palace Theatre, S.F.; black and white on glossy stock, featuring crude-artsy drawing of what looks like 2 nude women embracing or doing something; Warner Bros logo. This is the only poster for a live Randy Newman show I've ever seen; had a lesser copy awhile back and sold it quickly. This one is a beautiful NM copy $60.
Blue Gravy with Nick Gravenites, Count Talent (Mike Bloomfield), 1/19/73, The Village (Columbus Ave.) , San Francisco; 8.5" x 14", black on yellow card stock; nice design by local artist Gilbert Johnson with drawing of woman holding some kind of alchemist's sign, NM copy $17; obscure Mike Bloomfield item. For illustration of the image, click here.
Bodacious DF, 1973 poster for this very short lived band that featured Marty Balin who was in between his stints with the Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship. This band played only a handful of live gigs (I actually went to one) and released one LP which is OK but hardly a classic. The promotional poster is much nicer; approx. 18.5" x 25" by Bob Fried with color sci- fi type theme with a tunnel with what looks like some computer chips flying out of it (but it was way too early for that; maybe flying saucers). Very psychedelic, nice NM- poster, 2 copies available $40 each. (*)
Elvin Bishop Band, Clover (early HUEY LEWIS), 3/31/73, Humboldt State College Gym, Arcata, CA, 11 x 14 black on goldenrod stock; nice drawn lettering, no art. two horizontal folds (possibly machine folded for distribution), otherwise clean, no pinholes. 2 copies $15 each; nice early Huey Lewis-related item. (*)
Sons of Champlin, Mike Bloomfield with Nick Gravenites, Roger Troy & Co., 4/5/75, College of Marin Gym, Marin County, CA; 11 x 17 black typeset lettering on thin blue stock; no art; local marin show; VG; no pinholds, but has a horiz. fold and some wrinkles, $12.50.
Boz Scaggs, Jesse Colin Young, Peter Frampton, Kingfish with Bob Weir, 6/15/75, Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp, CA; Second Annual Mountain Aire festival; very nice poster by Roger Shepherd; full color with mountain scene; early poster for this event that ultimately was held annually for more than 10 years; 1 NM copy left, nice unusual item for Grateful Dead collectors as it features the original incarnation of Kingfish; $75 each. For illustration of the image, click here. (*)
Hot Tuna, Elvin Bishop, Commander Cody, 3/10/73, Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, nice poster with clean, modern lines obviously influenced by David Singer; silver-gray background with very large image of a ring with a blue stone in the center, black lightning-bolt type lettering; attractive poster with, once again, an obvious David Singer influence. NM- $70.
Mose Allison, Holly Near, 11/20-25/??, Ashgrove, Los Angeles, CA. Not sure on the year here it was a Thanksgiving week show and according to internet sources the Ashgrove closed down due to fire on 11/1//1973, so it is 1972 at the latest. This is a 17.5" x 23" poster withy slate blue lettering on thin orange paper stock; all typeface lettering but nice overall appearance with old-style ornate fonts, says "Happy Thanksgiving." This is the only full size poster I've ever seen for this famous L.A. jazz/folk/blues club, though there may well be others. Poster is in excellent condition, would grade it NM-, no pinholes, couple of slight wrinkles but overall very very clean. $75.
"Looking for Your Long Lost Mind Review," 5/19-20/75 (I think...could be a year or so on either side), Stanley Mouse airbrush poster, B & W with heart in the center airbrushed over a Milky Way background and letters that look like skywriting. Interesting idea, but the B & W printing sort of takes the punch out of the image. NM $15 (*)
3d Annual Santa Cruz Poetry Festival, featuring KEN KESEY, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, my old perfesser Kenneth Rexroth, Diane DiPrima, Paul Krassner, Jerry Rubin, Ali Akhbar Khan, Charles Lloyd Quartet, and a number of others, 11/20-21/1969, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium; 13" x 20" black on dull silver background, with an image of a bird's head in the center and drawings of the sun and moon in the corners. There aren't very many vintage Kesey posters, and this one is not very well known, only the third copy I have seen over the years. Very nice condition, basically a solid NM-; asking $250 for this piece of history.
Janis Joplin, circa 1969, original Columbia record store promotional poster, size approximately 19.5" x 28" on thick cardboard stock , probably post-Big Brother period when she went solo, great smiling photo of Janis with a cigar or very large joint in her hand, dark brown & white photo, her name is in red in the upper LH corner and there is a small Columbia logo in the lower LH corner. Cool original poster and fairly rare. This poster has a light stain over the upper LH portion of the image which is visible but fairly unobtrusive against the dark background, does not extend into her image. Would frame up very well, great item for a Janis fan, $75.
Janis Joplin, "Pearl" circa 1970, large vintage 26" x 26" vintage full color poster of the cover of this great post-Big Brother Janis LP, with famous image of Janis in a vintage costume, reclining on a couch. Most likely this is a record store promotional poster for the LP, although not specifically marked as such. I've never seen another one of these so distribution apparently was not widespread. Condition a very strong VG+; no pinholes and colors are strong but there are a few rather minor storage dings as it typical for larger size thin-paper promotional posters. Would frame beautifully. Asking $125 for this copy.
Santana, Bad Company, 8/2/1974, Robertson Gym, University of California, Santa Barbara, approx. 15" x 23.5"; B & W poster, standard Pacific Presentations line border around the edge, with photo of Santana and their logo lettering in the center, and the rest of the info typeset at the bottom. Nice typical example of Pacific Presentations poster style, VG+; corner pinholes, otherwise clean $175.
Fleetwood Mac, Little Feat, 11/27/1974, Robertson Gym, University of California, Santa Barbara; 11.5" x 22.5"; dark slate blue on white; typical Pacific Presentations logo and design with typeset lettering and a nice photo of Fleetwood Mac in the post-Peter Green and pre-Stevie Nicks period; their most obscure time but personally my favorite period when they made some of their best, least commercial music. And Little Feat too! Nice poster, VG+ with very minor corner pinholes; otherwise clean, $ 225.00.
Hot Tuna, 1975, record store promotional poster for the "America's Choice" LP; large 24" x 24" poster with full color rendering of the LP cover, which is done like a detergent box with the Hot Tuna logo in bright blue, red, and yellow on a white background. Not my favorite Hot Tuna LP, but takes the prize for the best LP cover (or one or them, anyway). Nice NM-/VG+ copy, some very minor wrinkles due to storage wear on the thin stock, but very clean. Great item for a Hot Tuna/Jorma fan, or to frame for your laundry room....first one I've seen, $40.
Alice Stuart, 1975 calendar poster, 15" x 22" poster on thin paper featuring photo of this S.F. blues singer with her name across the top and a 1975 calendar across the bottom; 3 copies NM/NM- $10 each. (*)
Stoneground, 1972, promotional poster for "Stoneground 3" album on Warner Brothers label; 18" x 36" on thin paper, art by Randy Tuten and D. Bread, nice full color portrait style paintings of the group members, art deco lettering, reminiscent of a 1920s-1930s movie poster, machine folded in 6 parts for record store distribution, very nice NM condition, hard to find poster for this local San Francisco Band, $25.
Stoneground, circa 1975-76, large 23" x 23" poster for the "Flat Out" LP with grey background and great pink and black lettering and rendering of fancy 1930s-vintage car by Randy Tuten. Attractive vintage automotive theme. Probably a record store promo poster, color on thin paper, NM- $25.00.
Kingfish, 1975, double album slick for the excellent 1975 LP featuring Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir, with the Philip Garris "Poseidon" logo used on the album cover. This is an original record slick, front and back on a single piece of thin glossy paper, nice item. NM-/VG+, clean and unused but a slight bit of margin creasing due to the thin paper--really a very attractive item. Asking $25.
Grateful Dead, 1989, promotional poster for the "Built to Last" LP, 24" x 24" on very thin stock, with a black background and in the center a big orange pumpkin with a skull and roses in the center, and below that the caption "On Halloween the Dead Rise Again." This simple yet highly striking image is my favorite poster for the last decade or so of the band's existence. They were around for awhile but are now getting harder to find; and a lot of the ones I've seen have acquire storage wrinkles etc because the paper is so thin. Here is a really nice one, NM-, I predict this poster will become iconic as time passes, asking $80 for this one.
Harry the Hipster, date unknown but definitely belongs with the '60's stuff-- generic tour poster for this Beat-Hip guy who was famous, more or less, for his rendition "Who Put the Benzedrine in Mrs. Miller's Ovaltine" Orange cardboard stock with graphics imitative of old n "Wanted" poster with photo of Harry looking pretty out of it. Space at side for location of gig to be filled in. Several copies available, NM $18 each; includes $3 extra shipping charge since this can't be sent rolled. Beyond cool, beyond anything...confuse your friends and enemies alike. Like a dead cat, this poster is truly a gift beyond price. (*)
Levi Strauss & Company, 12/10/1966, San Francisco; commemorative poster for the retirement of 16 employees, with artwork by Wes Wilson. This poster is a large 16.5" x 24" size and is done in the typical style of his Fillmore posters of the period, with classic lettering and a male face at the top, with swirling images all around it, done in pale blue, turquoise medium blue, light and dark gray, black, and silver. This is one of Wes' nicest posters (in my opinion) and is probably also HIS RAREST POSTER FROM THE FILLMORE PERIOD. Presumably the printing was very limited and it was probably given to Levi Strauss employees who attended the retirement event. It was originally illustrated in Art Eureka back in 1968 but I do not recall it being illustrated since. This poster is basically impossible to find. This is only the second copy of this poster I have ever had (I bought my collection copy directly from Wes at least 20 years ago, and my recollection is that it was his last copy and I paid him a LOT for it even back them). This copy has a few minor condition issues; colors are strong and bright but there are a couple of minor but visible scuff spots in the image, possibly old tape pulls. Other than that the overall condition is quite nice. Asking $950 for this one. Good luck finding another copy.
Bally Lo, circa 1966, attractive purple, pink, and blue Wes Wilson image in the style of his early Fillmore posters; has the store name in large swirly letters in the middle; typical op-art background. Nice early example of Wilson's art, same typical style appearing in his early Fillmore posters. VG+/VG; some tape discoloration in the margins; image itself is OK. $125.
Warren Hinckle, "Free at Last," 1985 (technically, this should go on the Recent Posters page, but I'm putting it here instead....). This is a very rare cardboard newsstand poster, the kind that fits into a newspaper rack to sell papers. Size 13.5" x 21." Hinckle was a well-known left-wing Bay Area political commentator who had lots of trouble with the law over the years. For awhile in the 1980s he had a twice-weekly column in the S.F. Examiner newspaper and this poster was created to help sell newspapers by publicizing the column. What makes this poster particularly interesting is the fact that it contains a great drawing by R. Crumb of Hinckle (and his dog) being dragged away by three beefy S.F. cops, with a drawing of the city in the background. A very well executed Crumb image in the classic style. At the top of the poster in red ink it says "Hinckle. Free at last" and at the bottom, "Tues & Thurs, only in the Examiner." For an image of this neat item, click here. 2 copies, NM-; slight paper age, $175 each. (*)
Berkeley Independence Day, 7/4/1969, Berkeley, CA; this is a pretty rare poster by great Detroit artist Gary Grimshaw, now deceased, who did a handful of posters for California events during this period of time. This poster is 12" x 22", full color, with a medium blue background and a nicely drawn color image of a long haired guy and a helmeted soldier smiling at one another, with the yellow sun's rays shining into a tall forest in the background. It has the caption "Join Us" in yellow lettering, with the legend below saying "Berkeley Independence Day July 4, 1969, against a bright pink background. Printed by Jellyroll Press, overall a typical example of Grimshaw's colorful, attractive art. This copy has a fair amount of rippling in it and one dark waterstain about 2" x 1/2" in the lower RH corner area. I think this one would clean up pretty nicely, fair price at $75.00. It is a rare poster and I have only seen a couple of them.
David Best Ceramics Show, 6/5-7/1/73, University of Santa Clara, poster by Stanley Mouse with parody of Time Magazine Cover featuring photo of UFO in center and caption "Martians Land to See Best Show." Cool item and essential for collectors of Stanley Mouse's work. NM $35. (*)
Art Show, Concrete Foundation for the Arts, 10/13/78, Peanut Gallery, San Rafael; poster for the opening of this exhibition; neat full color large, double-sized poster with portraits of all the artists who exhibited at this show, including Kelley, Mouse, Moscoso, Dave Sheridan, Larry Noggle, Pat Ryan, and others; poster was a collaboration by all the exhibiting artists and the portraits are nice; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 4.280. Nice NM copy, $35.
Mountain Play, 5/20,27, 6/3.9/10,17/2007, Outdoor Theater, Mt. Tamalpais, CA, very nice classic style Victor Moscoso poster with a green and blue star background and pink image of woman whose hair spells out "Hair," 17 x 22" size; the Mountain Play is, or was, an annual event, 1 light diagonal corner bend, otherwise NM, great item for Moscoso fans, $35.
...and here's a fun out: Miss Redwood City Pageant & Contest, 5/21/1966, Veterans Memorial Building, Redwood City, CA; "1st step to Miss America"; 14" x 22" placard style poster; red and white script lettering on thick black cardboard background. An original photo of the contestants has been attached/glued to the poster. This almost looks like a hand-lettered placard but I think it is actually silkscreened; probably no more than a handful of these were produced. Here's what the rest of the Bay Area was doing while the vanguard was going to the early Fillmore and Avalon shows. A classic, and in remarkably clean condition. $45.00 (must be shipped flat which will cost a little more as well). (*)
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Posters--Bill Graham and Miscellaneous Fillmore Auditorium
Posters--Family Dog and Related
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