Miscellaneous California Posters ('60's to early '70's)

Last updated 7/8/2021

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

CAROUSEL BALLROOM (PRE-FILLMORE WEST), SAN FRANCISCO

Steve Miller Band, James & Bobby Purify, Sons of Champlin, 4/26-28/1968, Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.168. 2 very nice NM copies, $130 each; another copy almost as nice, with minor tape removal marks on reverse (do not show through). $110. (*)

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. Four copies available; #1 is very nice NM/NM-, $140; getting harder to find in this condition; copy #2 & 3 are VG+ with minor storage wrinkles, $85; copy #4 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. (*)

Electric Flag, Don Ellis Orchestra, P.G.&E., 5/17-19/2968, Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco; grotesque poster by Rick Shubb featuring ghouls, zombies, flowing blobs of stuff, very reminiscent of Lee Conklin's style but slightly more cartoonish & not as finely detailed; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.166. Condition VG overall, paper shows light age browning, staple holes in corners and the odd wrinkle here and there. Decent overall, could probably be improved substantially with restoration, $85.00.

Tuesday Night Jam, circa 6/68, Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco; odd, highly psychedelic airbrushed image by Stanley Mouse wherein sa 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. Nice copy, very solid VG+., close to NM but has little " bends in a couple of the corners from poor storage. Asking $180 for this one. Also have a second copy that grades at the lower end of VG+ with multiple pinholes or staple holes in corners and other minor age; colors good and overall appearance is decent. $127.50. (*)

MATRIX AND OTHER NEON ROSE POSTERS, SAN FRANCISCO

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 (also known as Neon Rose #21), Poster Show, beginning 10/2/1967, Nieman-Marcus Exhibition Hall, Dallas, TX, oversize show poster, approx 22" x 28"; artwork by Victor Moscoso, purple background with yin/yang globe in the center (like the moon) and flat landscape at the bottom, all in pink, orange & green op-art colors typical of Moscoso's work. Not a rare poster but an attractive item for fans of Moscoso's work. 6 copies available, mostly in the NM- range with very minor storage age, $50. (*)

"NEW OLD FILLMORE," SAN FRANCISCO

This short-lived series was for events at the original Fillmore Auditorium site on Geary Street, after Bill Graham had moved his venue to the new Fillmore West at the corner of Market and Van Ness Avenues. The series ran from September through December 1969. These are "tweener" size images, 8.5" x 11", but I am listing them as posters rather than handbills since they were printed on thicker card-like stock and no larger or smaller images were printed.

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.

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.

MISCELLANEOUS MUSIC-RELATED POSTERS

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 vintage boxing poster for one of the legends of the blues. Formerly on hold, but buyer wasn't able to complete the transaction, now available to everyone once again. Asking $2,500. This is really an auction-type item.

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.

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.

Grateful Dead, Sons of Champlin, Initial Shock, 1/24-26/1969, Avalon Ballroom (Sound Proof Productions); the famous "Aoxomoxoa" poster, Rick Griffin's masterpiece; arguably the most psychedelic 60s poster ever made and my personal favorite of all 60s posters (except perhaps the Hawaiian version); no need to describe this one as every poster collector knows it well. I have a couple of NM later printings of this poster; very similar to the original but the easiest way to tell is that the paper on these is slightly thinner than on the original. I have had a hard time keeping track of the various printings of this poster, but these are whatever version the Grateful Dead were selling via their merchandising outlets circa 2002, as that is supposedly where they came from. Asking $80 each for these reprints, which will look just as good on your wall as a pricy original (*).

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. 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.

Charlatans, Frumious Bandersnatch, AAA; 10/27-28/1966, Western Front Dance Academy, San Francisco; Mouse;s "Fat Lady" poster with the image of what looks like a fat midget ladyin silver-gray and black and classic early Mouse psychedelic lettering around the border. For illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.200; this is the version on off-white stock, the more common of the two; in the old days the version on brick red stock was often thought to be the printing but I have no clear picture of the printing history of this poster, or whether Bindweed simply printed it on two different stocks from the get-go. In any case, this is a beautiful NM copy PERSONALLY SIGNED IN PENCIL BY STANLEY MOUSE, $275.

Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Moby Grape, Andrew Staples, 4/12/1967, Fillmore (not a Bill Graham show); "Busted" benefit for the San Francisco Mime Troupe by Kelley & Mouse; has an old timey photograph of a copy with his head in a police telephone box holding on to a guy dressed like a Roman soldier, with the word "Busted" in large letters to the right. For illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 2.71; this is the second printing (colored) in black, blue, orange, and pink; PERSONALLY SIGNED IN PENCIL BY STANLEY MOUSE, very nice NM copy $125.

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.

Chocolate Watchband, The Other Side, Giant Sunflower, 10/15-15/1966, Loser's South, San Jose, CA; 14" x 22: black & yellow on white poster stock. Incredibly cool poster for this legendary garage band and legendary venue. This is arguably the neatest South Bay garage band poster that there is. Somewhat reminiscent of Wes Wilson's early style, it features wavy proto- psychedelic lettering againss a background that is black in some places, banana yellow in others. The colors make it truly eye-catching. This is an extremely rare poster; the copy offered here was my collection copy for several decades. I have never seen it illustrated anywhere but maybe there's an image of it online somewhere. The condition overall is VG with tack holes in the corner, a bit of tape in the extreme upper margin area outside the image (probably removable, but I never really cared), and the light show credit, "psychedelic optic treasures," has been inked in in green sharpie possibly by the light show guys? Asking $1200; this is a real find for a serious collector.

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. This copy 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. (*)

Quicksilver, Big Brother & the Holding Co. (Post-Janis), Clover, Yogi Phlegm (Sons of Champlin), 11/24/1971, Marin Vetetrans Aud., San Rafael, CA; Marin Open House benefit; large 18" x 28" poster; black and blue-gray with typeset lettering and well-executed cartoon drawing of hippie types standing around doing hippie-type things. Nice vintage Marin County benefit poster, $160.

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.

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.

Chambers Brothers, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sons of Champlin, Creedence Clearwater Revival; 7/28/1968, Frost Amphitheater, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA; fabulous lineup for this "Stanford Summer Rock Concert"; standard-sized poster with a bright green background and the center line-drawing image of a dove on the wing with a flower in its mouth; fairly nice poster, not well known, One copy, very strong VG+ with a couple of almost invisible staple holes, very clean $110. Second copy VG+, no pinholes but light rippling at the bottom; light water stain on reverse but almost invisible on front, $75.00. I also have a nice framed copy that appears to be in NM condition, asking $140 but I am not big on shipping framed items and the cost of doing so might be prohibitive. Inquire if interested. (*)

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.

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. (*)

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.

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.

"Guru" Newspaper/Calendar, 10/1/1967, Continental Ballroom, Santa Clara; newspaper- format sheet published by the Continental with information on the upcoming shows, article on the Grateful Dead bust, interesting ads and the like. Originally contained posters for the upcoming Grateful Dead and Seeds shows. A small stash of these turned up awhile back. This is my last extra copy of the newsletter (posters not included), very cool and unique, $75.

The Seeds, Kid Afrika, The Flowers, 10/21/1967, Continental Ballroom, Santa Clara; 10.75" x 14.75"; red and blue on thin white paper with background image of some indigineous-type dude with hair that looks like rope, and outline of marijuana plant in blue foreground. Art by Cannon, who did many or the other Continental posters. Cool poster, not illustrated in AOR (I think) but should have been. These posters were originally included in a newspaper-like sheet issued by the Continental (see above) and a small stash of these papers was discovered awhile back, with the posters inside intactI have 2 copies of this left, both VG+; no pinholes but minor storage age, asking $375 each. (*)

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. 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.

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.

Country Joe McDonald, Tom Rush, 2/17/1971, Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA; 14" x 19.5" green typeset lettering on thin white paper with B & W photos of the performers; not especially artistic but OK; 3 copies all grading NM-/VG+; $25 each (*)

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.

Gentle Dance, Translantic Railroad , 1/18/1968 (possibly 1968, artist signature is dated 68 but the 18th fell on a Friday in 1969 which makes more sense for a dance), National Guard Armory, Nevada City, CA; very obscure 11" x 16" B&W poster on poster stock with fairly crude hand-drawn image of two faces looking at each other, fairly crude psychedelic lettering and a cross-hatch background; Transatlantic Railroad was a Marin County band who must have made the trip inland for this gig; unusual poster for those with a taste for the obscure; nice NM copy $ 65.00.

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. (*)

Grateful Dead, "Roll Over and Play Live"; circa 1970, tour blank promotional poster with space at bottom for specific show info; size approx. 15.5" x 29.5", B & W on thin paper; background has a black & gray overhead photo of the Dead playing on an outdoor stage in the middle of a street; probably the famous Haight Street show which I think was 68(?). The top says "The Grateful Dead Roll Over and Play Live" and the side has mini-photos of all their LPs to date, including "their latest, Live Dead." Over the years, I have seen a couple of these filled in for gigs, but most of them are blank at the bottom, as is this one. This poster turns up now and and then but is not particularly common; have a nice NM- or so copy, offered here for $225.00.

Pig Pen (Grateful Dead), circa 1967-68, original B & W photo poster credited to "Bob Seideman, Mouse Studios"; great vintage photo of Pigpen in full regalia sitting at a table in an otherwise empty room. Originally machine folded in eighths, probably for head shop distribution; pinholes in corners outside the photo image and minor corner tear in one corner, all of this is out side the image would frame nicely. Hard to find now. Asking $100 for this copy.

Janis Joplin & Pig Pen (Grateful Dead), 1972 head shop poster of earlier photo by Ron Rakow, dressed casually and standing on the steps of an old San Francisco house, with smiling faces and Pigpen's right hand securely grasping Janis' left breast! If you haven't seen this photo before, you owe it to yourself to take a look it is probably online somewhere. Anyway, this poster was printed in 1972, by which time Janis was deceased and Pig Pen was in ill health. (Apparently they were an item for a short while in the Haight Ashbury days.) This copy has pinholes in the corners and tiny diagonal pieces of missing paper in each upper corner from staple pulls. These would easily be invisible if framed and the rest of the poster is in good condition. Also a scuff mark on Pigpen's black pants which is worn through in about a narrow 1" spot. Asking $60 for this since it doesn't turn up much anymore, but really the photo is priceless!

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 2 or so copies still 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.

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.

Copperhead (John Cippolling post-Quicksilver), Stoneground, 4/12-13/1973, Homer's Warehouse, Palo Alto, CA; 11" x 17" poster with lettering and cartoonish drawings by Fillmore poster artists Jake Pierre, who did a series of these for Palo Alto shows in 1973-15. Drawings are B & W but a nice split red-yellow-green-blue split fountain overlay around the border greatly improves the overall appearance of this item. Condition NM-/VG+; basically a NM poster but for a 2" diagonal crease in the upper LH corner. Nice obscure John Cipollina item, $ 70.00.

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. $15; 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.

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.

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.

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. (*)

CALENDARS, POSTERS FOR STORES, FILM SHOWS, RADIO STATIONS, POLITICAL, AND OTHER EVENTS

Levi Strauss & Company, 12/10/1966, San Francisco; commemorative poster for the retirement of 16 employees, with artwork by the late 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.

Lee Conklin, Santana, 1970, this is a really cool large format 22" x 32.5" version of Lee Conklin's most famous image, the Santana lion image that graced the Fillmore 134 poster and later became the iconic cover of Santana's first album. This oversize version apparently was released in 1970, officially licensed by Columbia Records (Santana's label) and presumably was either sold in head shops or used for promotional purposes. I obtained a small roll of these many years ago, and got Lee Conklin to personally sign them at one of the Golden Gate Park poster shows. I have not run across them elsewhere. Overall condition is a solid VG+; they have minor water rippling and a very light stain at the upper RH margin that you have to look carefully to see. I've included 3 illustrations of the front, the reverse, and the signature area of a typical copy; there are minor variations among the individual copies. Printed on flat stock. These are very cool looking and if I had room I'd frame one and put it up in my own house. Listing 4 of these for the time being, $200 each. (*)

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. (*)

Proposition 19 (Legalization of Marijuana) November 1972; original poster for the first serious (but unsuccessful) attempt to legalize marijuana here in California. These posters were approx. 17" x 23" and were printed on newspaper stock and so are very fragile and can be aged or torn and in general easily damaged, as well as being very susceptible to age. As a result, very few have survived. The image depicts a yellow sun with orange, yellow, and blue rays and cannabis plants growing up in the foreground, with the text of the law at the top and "VOTE YES ON 19" at the bottom. Very nice graphics. The paper has become somewhat brown over the years and there are staple or tack tears at the top where someone tacked it up back when. With the relatively recent legalization of marijuana in California, this poster has taken on a particularly historic significance. This is the first copy I've ever come across. Asking $200. May have to be shipped flat to avoid damage, which will run a little more in shipping cost.

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.

Victor Moscoso, 4/4/2002, San Francisco Modern Art, poster for side show and presentation by the artist; although a later event, I am including it here because it is done in the style of Moscoso's Neon Rose and Avalon posters. Gorgeous large full color oversize 24" x 36" poster, with lettering in his classic style, center with a young dancing woman in the center and flying birds at top, done in his multicolor style which will create the illusion of movement when viewed under a color wheel/strobe. Printed on thin paper, machine folded in eighths for publicity distribution; otherwise NM. This is a really nice item for Moscoso fans. I have 5 of these, $50 each. (*)

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.

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