Posters--Bill Graham and Miscellaneous Fillmore

Last updated 6/18/2024

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

BG #18, The Association, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Grassroots, Sopwith Camel, 7/22- 23/66, Fillmore; Wes Wilson "flames" design with red flame-shaped lettering on green background. Identifying some of the numerous printings of this poster can be a challenge but in this case it is easy because it has a blue background and the #18 appears next to the artist's credit on the front, making this BG # 18-RP3. This copy is VG+/VG with corner pinholes and one other pinhole in the green, decent appearance overall. Fairly early reprint. $ 75.00.

BG #27, Mothers of Invention, Oxford Circle, 9/9-10/66, blue & orange image by John Myers with photo of the Mothers; FIRST PRINTING; this poster had a 3/4" x 1.25" or so piece of missing paper that I had replaced to improve the appearance; still shows a bit of discoloration and dirt, asking $395.

BG #28, Byrds, Wildflower, 9/16-17/66, Fillmore; orange and blue Wes Wilson poster, somewhat oversized, with photo of the Byrds in center typical Wes Wilson lettering; originally attributed as an original, subsequently identified by Eric King as a BG-28-RP2 with a very thin blue line across top lettering; almost invisible but Eric was firm in his attribution of this example as a reprint. Qualifies as a second printing "B" version because it lacks the 3 white dots. A couple of corner/edge dings fixed, overall appearance now VG+ or better, $95. (*)

BG #36, Bola Sete, Country Joe & the Fish, Buffalo Springfield, 11/11-13/66, Fillmore; green lettering and purple background; typical Wes Wilson design of woman; printing variants are a bit of a pain with this number, most likely RP-4, this one is nice and clean, basically NM-, asking $50 for this one.

BG #42, Jefferson Airplane, Junior Wells, Tim Rose, 12/16-18/1966, Fillmore Auditorium; purple, turquoise, and orange-red Wes Wilson image; typical early style with classic photo of the Airplane in the center. First printing; paper thickness .008" (per Eric King). Condition VG+; single tack hole in each corner; a little tape or adhesive discoloration on the back that does not show through and is not a big deal; $300.

BG #46, Butterfield Blues Band, Charles Lloyd, 1/20-21/67, Fillmore; black and purple card with gold lettering and photo of Butterfield band. Nice copy of the OP-1 version with gold ink in the lower left, $85.

BG #56, Moby Grape, Chambers Bros., The Charlatans, 3/24-26/67, Fillmore/Winterland; tiki-like face with typical Wes Wilson lettering and split fountain lettering; this always seems to be a popular poster and sells quickly. Offering a VG+ copy, corner pinholes and a couple of very minor white marks in the upper margin outside the image; this is the split-fountain version (pink to orange to blue), nice clean copy other than as noted, $150.

BG #60, Howlin' Wolf, Big Brother & the Holding Co., 4/21-23/67, Fillmore; yellow top & bottom borders, color image of orange nude woman with brick red hair, high-contrast blue-red background lettering; Wes Wilson design, First and only printing, NM-/VG+ very minor age, $85; second copy with minor corner pinholes and a bit of paper browning, mostly visible on reverse (probably framed cheaply), VG $45 (*).

BG #87, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Grassroots, Mad River, 10/5-7/67, Fillmore; nice Bonnie MacLean design in green, yellow, pale blue, and dark brick red with image of a smiling Mercury with winged cap carrying a message as he flies over a meadow. First printing. Scarcer poster, NM-/VG+; clean overall, no pinholes with a couple of unobtrusive marks in the image and a small pinhole size circular mark in lower RH corner, asking $135.

BG #105, Jimi Hendrix Experience, John Mayall, Albert King, 2/1-4/1968, Fillmore/Winterland; this is, of course, the famous "flying eyeball" poster by Rick Griffin, possibly the most iconic 1960s poster of them all; no description necessary. This poster was first reprinted circa 1974-1975 if memory serves, as the originals were becoming hard to find even in those days. It was one of the very first Fillmore posters reprinted by BGP in the post-Fillmore era (that is, after the Fillmore had ceased operation and the first wave of poster nostalgia was setting in), by which time I was collecting posters and was very aware when the reprinting was done. I acquired a second (70s) printing of this poster a number of years ago; unfortunately someone back in the day wrote a small ink squiggle on it with a ball point pen, and then later on another genius made an extremely amateurish attempt at "restoration," unsuccessfully trying to erase it, which is the state it was in when I got it. I was able to get someone who knows what he's doing to clean up the messy spot, with the result that the earlier mistakes were largely eliminated, but unfortunately there is still a about 1 3/4" x 1" off color area in the lower image (to the right of the "D" in "Winterland") it is visible, but I just took a good look at it for the first time in a while and decided that the spot in question has mellowed out a bit over the years, so perhaps it would be a good acquisition for someone who wants a vintage copy of this famous poster without paying a fortune for it. I'm asking $650 for it which is a fairly low price for a vintage copy of this poster, but seems about right to me under the circumstances. If you're seriously interested, let me know and I can provide photos of it so you will see what I'm trying to describe here. Other than the one flaw, it is in very nice condition. ***ITEM ON HOLD***

BG #118, Moby Grape, Country Joe & the Fish, Hour Glass (early Allmans) , 5/2-4/68, another typical Mari Tepper design with grape-colored and gray figures against a white background. 1 copy VG+, no pinholes but it has slight overall paper age and an old crease that is not longer visible on the front but can be seen on the back; would frame up nicely, VG+ $55.

BG #119, Loading Zone, H.P. Lovecraft, Crome Cyrcus, Tiny Tim, 5/9-11/68, Fillmore; yellow and black circular checkerboard background; brownish silhouette of dancing woman, circular lettering. Nice NM copy, $75.

BG #137, Albert King, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Black Pearl, 9/19-21/68, Fillmore West, Rick Griffin's "Bulls Eye" poster; a classic with green background, logo-like image of smiling cow with a bleeding heart on its forehead, pierced by an arrow, and psychedelic lettering in the classic Griffin style. Nice copy, basically clean on front but there is a light stain on the reverse that is faintly visible in a couple of places in the front if you look closely; otherwise a nice copy $100.

BG #143, Procol Harum, Santana, Salloom, Sinclair, and Mother Bear, , 10/31-11/2/68, Fillmore West; very psychedelic Lee Conklin design in red and black with swirling lettering, unusual faces popping up in unusual places, all the usual one would expect...nice NM copy, $145.

BG #148, Jeff Beck Group, Spirit, Sweetwater, 12/5-8/68, Fillmore West; purple and black checkerboard border; red background; lettering formed from Lee Conklin figures, beautiful NM poster, $125.

BG #150, Santana, Grass Roots, Pacific Gas & Electric, 12/19-22/68, Fillmore West; later Wes Wilson design, totally unlike his earlier efforts, blue background with silver-gray face. Nice NM- poster, $65.

BG #151, Steve Miller band, Sly & the Family Stone, Pogo (Poco), 12/26-29/68, Fillmore West; later Wes Wilson design, totally unlike his earlier efforts; orange background with sun- face shape in center; NM-/VG+ poster, minor overall age, $60.

BG #158, Chuck Berry, Mike Bloomfield & Friends, Initial Shock, 1/30-2/2/69, Fillmore West; Randy Tuten card with image of large full color hamburger and the word "Delicious"; beautiful NM copy SIGNED IN SILVER INK BY RANDY TUTEN, $115.

BG #163, Spirit, Ten Years After, Country Weather, 3/6-9/69, Fillmore West; orange/purple/pink Lee Conklin design with chair with arms that look like human arms and legs that look like human legs; great image. VG+/VG, no pinholes but has what looks like white scratch marks along the purple margin on the RH side ouotside the image; would frame up OK, $77.

BG #164, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jethro Tull, 3/13-16/69, Fillmore West; odd Randy Tuten design with sort of a monument pointing into a psychedelic sky; red background and white lettering; nice NM- poster, $80.

BG #166, Butterfield Blues Band, Mike Bloomfield & Friends, 3/27-4/3, Fillmore West; nicely colored Greg Irons design with vague guitar shape and mirror-image lettering; this copy unfortunately suffers from noticeable fading from been framed and exposed to sunlight on a wall for too long; only $20. Second copy, beautiful NM $95.

BG #168, Jeff Beck Group, Aynsley Dunbar, Zephyr, 4/10-13/68, Fillmore West, cool Randy Tuten design with grey background, red lettering and collage of train, zeppelin, and other assorted stuff. First and only printing, NM $145.00

BG #174, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Northern California State Youth Choir, Bangor Flying Circus, 5/22-25/69, Fillmore/Winterland; great poster by Randy Tuten with photo of the Titanic sinking and large orange and blue advertising-art letters. Nice copy, one light area in the black at upper left; otherwise clean. Asking $180.

BG #178, The Who, Santana, Woody Herman, Ike & Tina Turner, Blues Image, others, 6/17- 22/69, Fillmore West; David Singer's first Fillmore poster, collage with armless Greco-Roman statue; beautiful NM copy of this poster, $ 295.00

BG #179, Iron Butterfly, Cold Blood, Sanpaku, 6/24-26/69; Spirit, Lee Michaels, Pyewacket, 6/27-29/67, Fillmore; the second David Singer design with a dark blue border area and center collage of Christ on the cross in an auto junkyard, with a red/orange sunset behind. Powerful image. Front beautiful NM, number written on ballpoint on reverse (doesn't show through), $120; second copy very nice NM-, $110. Third copy, VG+, three pinholes in upper margin outside image, couple minor pinholes in top lettering, one minor white mark in center of image; still very decent overall, $65.00 (*).

BG #183, Ten Years After, Ike & Tina Turner, The Flock, 7/22-24/69; Steve Miller Band, Albert King, Mountain, 7/25-27/69, Fillmore West; another in the first David Singer collage series, with a gay border and a center collage of a sea blue hood with old ancient columns, the US Capitol building, and a statue of Jesus, all where the face would be. NM- copy, front clean, # written in ink on the back, $100.

BG #189, Ten Years After, Terry Reid, Spirit, Barkays, Savoy Brown, Womb, 8/29-31/69, Fillmore West; very nice David Singer collage with white background, contrasting black lettering, center photo of Michaelangelo's David (2 of them actually) standing on the moon. NM- on front,# written on back in ballpoint, $100.

BG #190, Santana, Sea Train, Yusef Lateef, 9/4-7/69, Fillmore; last poster in the original David Singer design series; dark yellow border with center collage of man picking crystal ball off a lawn. Nice VG+/NM- copy, minor ink irregularity in top border edge, a hint of elsewhere; nice copy that would look great framed, $125.

BG #192, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Spooky Tooth, 9/18-20/69, Fillmore West, dumb B & W Randy Tuten image with Mickey Mouse clock in background and man with Disneyland button and Mickey Mouse cap holding out his hands. Very nice NM copy, $80.00.

BG #199, Led Zeppelin, Bonzo Dog Band, Roland Kirk; 11/6-8/69; Winterland; attractive red, white, and blue poster by Randy Tuten with striking image of huge Zeppelin in hangar; lettering in style of riveted metal. The best Zeppelin poster of the series and one of the best there is, period; scarce and highly sought after. Condition is NM- or so with the slightest hint of wear in the upper LH corner. However, the upper portion of this poster is progressively more off register as it approaches the top of the poster; the Led Zeppelin letters are so significantly off register that there is a blurred effect, the colors are maybe 1/4" to " out of alignment overall. If you are seriously interested, ask me to send an image and I will do so; obviously a very scarce poster and in great demand; asking $850 for this copy which takes the defects into account.

BG #201, Rolling Stones, 11/9/69, Oakland Coliseum, silver & black poster by Randy Tuten with vintage photo of the Stones looking like bad boys; the ultimate Stones poster from this particular period, great item for any Stones fan to frame and put on a wall. 2d printing per Eric King with bar in lower silver margin; NM-$200; second copy, almost as nice but with a couple of teensy marks, still solid NM-, $150 (*).

BG #206, Chambers Brothers, The Nice, King Crimson, 12/11-14/69, Fillmore West; David Singer collage with nude woman walking in sand dunes with trees coming out of her head like antlers; nice NM- poster, first and only printing, SIGNED BY DAVID SINGER in silver ink, $140; 1 NM copy unsigned, $80, second copy NM- very clean almost NM $70. (*)

BG #208, Sly & the Family Stone, Spirit, Southwind, Ball 'n Jack, !2/26-28/69, Winterland, David Singer image with center collage of moon, ancient columns, fields underneath, the whole thing has a sort of glowing pale green color to it; basically VG with multiple staple holes in corners, $42.

BG #211, Chicago, Guess Who, Seals & Crofts, 1/8-11/70, Fillmore West; David Singer collage poster with blue background, red lettering, center image of child's hand holding up 3- scoop ice cream cone with American flag in background. First printing with red dot in upper margin per Eric King, VG+ with minor pinholes in corners outside image, $95.

BG #216, Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Bigfoot, 2/5-8/70, Fillmore West; very popular David Singer poster featuring a dark yellow background, center collage of a skeleton standing on a mushroom, with a purple sky in the background. Scarce FIRST PRINTING showing the little irregular line in the RH corner of the image that is Eric King's diagnostic indicator of the first printing, for image, click here. This copy grades a solid VG+ but has some minor defects, specifically corner tack holes outside the image, a diagonal crease in the upper LH corner of the image, and a couple of other minor marks that I don't think are particularly significant. Overall I would say that this is a clean, decent copy but not a near mint one. I have included a number of images of this poster which you can access by clicking here, here, here, here, and here. Asking $750 for this copy; NM copies typically sell for much more.

BG #217, Country Joe & the Fish, the Sons, 2/12-15/70, David Singer design with dark brown border, light cream-brown center and photo of man with rifle, bird and fish. Attractive poster, 3 copies available; NM- $85.00. (*)

BG #225, Chicago, James Cotton Blues Band, Fritz, 3/26-29/70, Fillmore West/Winterland; popular blue David Singer design with skeleton and doves; first printing, VG+/VG, multiple pinholes in corners, $65.

BG #233, Spirit, Poco, Gypsy, 5/14-17/70, Fillmore West; David Singer poster with pink background, white image of a cat in the center, looking at a small globe (the world) like it was about to pounce on it like a ball of string. Very nice NM copy of this poster, $70.00.

BG #235, B.B. King, Albert King, Mendelbaum. 5/21-24/70, Fillmore West; David Singer collage with yelow to pink vertical split fountain background and center featuring old collage engraving of nude mother and children sitting astride giant sleeping cat. Nice NM- copy, minor mark along top edge, $85.00

BG #244, Lee Michaels, Cold Blood, Brethren; Ten Years After, Cactus, Toe Fat 7/23- 7/30/70, Fillmore West (multiple shows), blue lettering on white background, blue center background, with red/orange collage of women and child in raging sea. Very nice NM copy, $75.00.

BG #246, The Byrds, Poco, Commander Cody, 8/13-16/70; Van Morrison, John Lee Hooker, 8/30/70 (Berkeley), LED ZEPPELIN (9/2/70 (Oakland), Albert King, Cold Blood, Mason Proffit, 8/20-23/70, Iron Butterfly, Aum, Black Oak Arkansas, 8/24-26/70, Fillmore West except as otherwise noted, very popular (due to the Zeppelin billing_) double sized card by David Singer with gray backround, black lettering on an off-green background, and a center collage with a globe and ancient ruins with a baby and mother. Nice NM- poster, clean, no pinholes, a few minor bits of wear keep it out of the strict NM category, $395.

BG #247, Iron Butterfly, Aum, Black Oak Arkansas 8/24-26/70; John Mayall, Elavin Bishop, Herbie Hancock, 8/27-29/70; Savoy Brown, Fairport Convention, Chicken Shack, 8/30-9/1/70; Johnny Winter, Boz Scaggs, Freddy King, 9/3-6/70, Fillmore West; double-sized poster by Kelley with black background and odd lizard-like animals, center image of woman's face in pink and orange, unreadable nonsense lettering at the top in yellow; bands in typeset lettering. Basically NM-; clean, no pinholes, minor corner and edge wear but overall very clean and attractive, $125

BG #248, Santana, Dr. John the Night Tripper, Luther Allison, 9/10-13/70, Fillmore West; one of the best later Fillmore posters with spectacular artwork by Norman Orr, featuring black background, accented by brick red--snarling tiger, elephants and other jungle animals, native drummers, lotsa small symbols and such, the whole thing reeks of voodoo, as it should with this lineup; one of the best Santana posters ever...not a common one , either; nice NM- copy, mino2 1/16" diagonal corner crease in lower RH corner. $110.

BG #253, Bo Diddley, Lightning Hopkins, New York R & R ensemble, 10/22-25/70, Fillmore West; powerful David Singer image with black background, yellow lettering, and central collage featuring nautilus; script at bottom also mentions upcoming Pink Floyd show. VG+, multiple corner pinholes, $70.

BG #254, Procol Harum, Poco, Mungo Jerry, 10/29-11/1/70, Fillmore West; yellow background, black David Singer lettering, center collage featuring astronaut holding monkey. Strong VG+ with very light staple holes in corners, $60.

BG #255, Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention, Boz Scaggs, Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, 11/5- 8/70, Fillmore West; white background, black lettering by David Singer, center collage featuring woman, hummingbird, and snake. Nice later Zappa poster, 1 copies available, NM- (teeny corner bend, not a crease, should press out) $95; 1 copy NM-/VG+ minor foxing/edge discoloration $75. (*)

BG #259, Savoy Brown, Sea Train, Ry Cooder, Humble Pie, 12/3-6/70, Fillmore West; nice David Singer design with gray border, black lettering, center collage with sunset in background and statute of Jesus with arms outstretched reaching out of the desert towards a silver dollar in the sky; strong VG+ copy with minor staple holes in corners, $60.

BG #263, Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Cold Blood, Elvin Bishop, Stoneground, Boz Scaggs, 12/31/70, Fillmore/Winterland; last Fillmore New Years' Eve show; collage by David Singer. Double-size image with photo of San Francisco Ferry Building. 2 copies available; 1 copy VG+; small 1/4" tear at topcenter in margin; very light stain spot in blue background on RH side, looks much better than it sounds, $125.

BG #264, Cold Blood, Boz Scaggs, Voices of East Harlem, Stoneground, 12/31-1/3/71, Fillmore West; black & red Norman Orr design with images of Indians. NM $65.

BG #269, B.B. King, Ballinjack, Christian Rapid, 2/4-7/71, Fillmore West; great color Norman Orr image of B.B. King playing guitar; real nice later Fillmore image. 2 copies available; 1 NM; $85; 1 NM- $70.00 (*)

BG #275, Eric Burdon & War, Santana, Buddy Miles, Wayne Cochran, others, 3/25-4/4/71, Winterland/Fillmore West; first printing; large double size poster with collage of cat dressed up like one of the 3 musketeers and some kind of winged figure riding a hawk; pale blue and brick red with black lettering. Condition VG; has pinholes and some edge creasing from sloppy rolling and a 1/4" circular white spot in the lower RH corner outside the image. These issues are outside the image, so this copy would frame up nicely if desired. Asking $90.

No #, Eric Burdon & War, Stoneground, the Cockettes, 5/30/1971, Fillmore West; "Goodbye VD" benefit, large 17" x 21" poster in brown and dayglo orange featuring cartoon character labeled as "Captain Clap" (I kid you not), pretty weird to say the least. Bursting with good taste. This was one of the last benefit shows before the Fillmore West shut down and is not easy to find. Here's a pretty decent VG+ copy for someone looking for EVERYTHING from the Fillmore. $165.

FE #5, Traffic, Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, 4/26-27/68, Fillmore East, NY; pink, orange & black with top view of four male figures standing on chessboard. For illustration, see The Art of Rock, One NM- copy, $49

FE #6, Jefferson Airplane, 5/3-4/68, Fillmore East; this is a REISSUED modified version of the original poster, which featured a very nice image with Egyptian figures and motif; reissued in 1998 as a promotional poster advertising the CD release of live material from these shows. The item is very similar to the original 1968 poster but is on slick paper, deletes Arthur Brown and light show credits and substitutes "Live at the Fillmore East" and "previously unreleased live concert" in the space where those credits appeared on the original. Unusual, interesting promotional poster; interesting item for the advanced Airplane or Fillmore East collector as the original is pretty hard to find these days. VG+; very clean but with a light storage wrinkle at top left and a inch edge tear at top right, also minor. Nice condition overall. $65.

Boz Scaggs, 3/8-10/1974, Paramount Theatre, Oakland, CA; "Slow Dancer" premiere (I was a volunteer usher at this show, no kidding!). Stylish image of Boz dressed in a tuxedo doing the tango or something with a similarly stylish lady; for illustration, see The Art of Rock, pl. 4.67. This is a Bill Graham show, this poster is a first printing, the reprinted ones have a much lighter pink border instead of the darker color that shows on this image (notwithstanding what one leading overpriced poster website says their illustrations show the differences between the two printings but identify both of them as firsts sorry guys, there are two distinctive printings and the darker ones were the ones were the ones given out at the show which I know for a fact since I was there! The other ones appeared months later.), offering nice NM copy, minor storage ding on RH side, first version, $50. (*)

BG #289, Rolling Stones, 6/6 & 8/1972, Winterland, San Francisco. This is the famous "tumbling dice" poster by David Singer, featuring a black background with a photo of two dice rolling a 7, with beautiful red yellow-bordered lettering. Offered here is a beautiful NM/NM- second printing (printed shortly after the show, not the 2006 Wolfgang's reprint) which has almost no white border between the dice and the background, unlike the first printing which has a significant white border between the dice and the black background. The first printings of this poster have always been hard to locate and have sold for big bucks for many years. This is the next best thing; a great copy for $ 195.

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