[Item #5887] Original Concert Poster: Quicksilver Messenger Service, Other Half, Melvin Q (August 17-20, 1967). Quicksilver Messenger Service, Other Half, Melvin Q., Jack Hatfield, Roger Hillyard, Ben van Meter.
Original Concert Poster: Quicksilver Messenger Service, Other Half, Melvin Q (August 17-20, 1967)

Original Concert Poster: Quicksilver Messenger Service, Other Half, Melvin Q (August 17-20, 1967)

San Francisco, CA: Family Dog Productions, 1967. First Edition. Single Sheet. A poster (appx. 13&7/8" x 20") announcing a series of concerts with performances headlined by the Quicksilver Messenger Service, along with the Other Half & Melvin Q (the latter on August 17 & 20 only) during August 17-20, 1967 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The American artist Jack Hatfield (of whom we could not obtain any substantial biographical information) created the artwork & graphics reproduced here, & "Jack Hatfield" in facsimile non-cursive signature-calligraphy is found at lower right side white border just below blue outer border of image near lower right corner (see image). Credited for "Lights" is the "North American Ibis Alchemical Company," a memorably named incarnation of Roger Hillyard, Ben van Meter & their associates. Hillyard (b. 1942) was highly involved with the exemplary psychedelic light shows of this era, later became the proprietor of a popular coffee shop, & most recently the practicing resident of a Zen Buddhist center- all in San Francisco. Van Meter (b. 1941) was also a major light show producer & experimental filmmaker at this time, & still engages in cutting-edge creativity as of this writing. According to the Talmudic scholarship we have consulted regarding this poster, it is a first-&-only printing. King, FD-76-OP-1, pg. 142. King writes: "The central image is a drawing of human figures, horses' heads and trees. The border is made up of Marijuana leaves." (pg. 142). Thus does King entitle this poster "High Yo Silver." A very compelling example of the elusive Hatfield's unique style of drawing & calligraphy from the later apex of the "Summer of Love" in its singularly rarest contemporary form. From the collection of Dion Wright (b. 1937), a highly respected artiste & sculptor who was at the center of the scene that produced this & the many other mind-blowing posters that symbolize a legendary time & place (see Wright's memoir, Tempus Fugitive, item No. 5008). In our sharp & experienced estimation, this poster is in relatively very fine condition with only light rubbing & browning at mostly blank outermost white border; a touch of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners. The entire recto image is completely bright & substantially mint. This item is too delicate to be rolled & must be shipped flat to assure no damage, therefore extra shipping costs will be required. Very Fine. [Item #5887]

Price: $200.00