Posters--Bill Graham and Miscellaneous Fillmore

Last updated 9/3/2021

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

BG #14, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother & the Holding Co, Jaywalkers, 7/1/66; Great Society, Sopwith Camel, Charlatans, 7/2/66, Love, Grateful Dead, Group B, 7/3/66, Fillmore; "Independence Ball" design by Wes Wilson; hard-to-find original poster; never reprinted either as a poster or a card. Original poster, VG+/VG; light staple or pinholes in each corner margin, outside image, a little general paper age, very slight browning, not too bad; basically a decent copy with just a bit of wear, $475.

BG #22, Sam The Sham & the Pharaohs, The Sit-Ins, 8/10/66, Fillmore; blue & red-orange poster with photo of Sam in full regalia, and typical early Wes Wilson lettering. I have 2 FIRST PRINTINGS of this early poster; copy #1 is beautiful and at first glance looks for all the world like a NM poster; however it was folded in quarters back in ancient times and the fold creases are visible on the reverse, although they are very hard to spot on the front of the poster, having been flattened out very effectively over time. Asking $350 for this copy, which on first examination actually looks like the cleanest of the two. Copy #2 is a standard VG+ copy with tiny staple holes in the corners outside the margin, asking $375 for this one. (*)

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; first printing (with "ragged irregularity" in lower right corner of inside blue border; hard to spot but it is there; VG/VG- copy with small pieces of missing corner paper in 3 corners and other significant edge rips and edge nicks; all of this in the orange margin. This would be a good candidate for framing as all the aforementioned defects could be "framed out" producing an nice copy for display on a wall. Can send an image of it if you are interested. Asking $165 for this copy.

BG #33, Yardbirds, Country Joe & the Fish, 10/23/66, Fillmore; pink and black poster with classic photo of Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page et al. This is a high-demand image now because of the Led Zeppelin affiliation. 2 Beautiful 2d printings of this popular image (on uncoated index approximately .0075" thick, per Eric King), pristine NM, $125 each (*).

BG #35, Muddy Waters Blues Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Andrew Staples, 11/4- 6/66, Fillmore; red and green Wes Wilson poster with photo of Muddy, typical lettering and background; nice FIRST PRINTING per Eric King, very nice copy with one almost invisible staple hole in upper LH corner, grading it a very strong VG+, $350.

BG #48, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Dino Valenti, 2/3-5/67, Fillmore; red background, blue lettering; green & blue central image with distorted human figures; classic Wes Wilson art. First printing "A" type with green figures and light gray lettering; nice VG+ copy with average corner pinholes and a couple of wrinkles that are visible on reverse but don't show much on the front, $ 165.

BG #88, Jefferson Airplane, Charlatans, Blue Cheer, 10/11-14/67, Fillmore/Winterland; brown background; yellow/purple portraits of the bands; Bonnie MacLean art. Nice NM poster, first and only printing, $90.

BG #114, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sons of Champlin, 4/4-6/68, Fillmore/Winterland, yellow/black/pale green design with mustached face at top; fantasy building scene at bottom; nice NM- copy (first printing) with just a hint of minor wear; very clean. $115.

BG #115, Big Brother & the Holding Co., Iron Butterfly, Booker T. & the MG's, 4/11-13/68, Fillmore/Winterland, dark sea blue background with psychedelic brick red and light olive lettering; center mandala photos of each member of Big Brother including Janis. Nice NM-/NM- copy of this popular poster, $155.

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, $68

BG #130, Moby Grape, Jeff Beck Group, Mint Tattoo, Charles Lloyd, Fillmore West, 7/23- 28/68; Lee Conklin image with red background with two writhing green and blue lizard figures; very nice NM copy, first and only printing, $125.

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 #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, $55.

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 #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 #169, The Band, Sons of Champlin, Ace of Cups, 4/17-19/69, Winterland; black and white background photo of The Band, with red and yellow lettering by Randy Tuten. First printing (no "W" credit), nice NM copy, $225.00

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. (*).

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, second copy NM/NM- $110. (*)

BG #184, Canned Heat, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Southwind, 7/29-31/69; Everly Brothers, Sons of Champlin, Baby Huey and the Babysitters, 8/1-3/69; early David Singer collage image with dark purple black color and stone hand reaching out of a lava flow. NM- copy (clean, one tiny mark in image) SIGNED BY DAVID SINGER IN SILVER INK, $125.

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 #192, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Spooky Tooth, 9/18-20/69, Fillmore West, dumb B & W Randy Tuten card 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. NM- or so with the slightest hint of wear in the upper LH corner; the upper part of the image is about 1/4" or so off register; asking $850 for this copy.

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 4 NM- poster, first and only printing, SIGNED BY DAVID SINGER in silver ink, $140.

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 #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 #224, It's A Beautiful Day, Chuck Berry, Loading Zone, 3/19-22/70, Fillmore West; David Singer poster with angular lettering, center collage of Mona Lisa and some other photos, one rotten apple (?); nice NM copy $75.

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. Basdsically NM-; clean, no pinholes, minor corner and edge wear but overall very clean and attractive, $125

BG #252, Leon Russell, Miles Davis, Seatrain, 10/15-18/70, Fillmore West; color design by Norman Orr with image of baby dressed as Uncle Sam in the classic "wants you" pose, odd images abound as is typical for this artist's work; nice NM copy, $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 #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 (*)

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

, 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 two nice NM copies of the first version, $50 each. (*)

No. #, Boz Scaggs, 12/29-31/1975 (New Years' Eve), Paramount Theater, Oakland, CA; not sure whether or not this was a Bill Graham show or not; quite probably not, since it does not have the "Bill Graham Presents" logo at the top. It is 17.5" x 24" on thick poster stock; features a nice photo of a woman (actually Boz' wife Carmela) looking in a mirror to do the finishing touches on her makeup, while in the mirror reflection a dude with a hairy chest (Boz himself?) fumbles with a cufflink on his unbuttoned tuxedo, with a couple of tix to the show clipped to the mirror these folks are getting ready to go "steppin out." Kind of a nice image from Boz' "high society" period in SF. Nice NM- copy, $60.

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