[Item #5907] Original Concert Poster: Big Brother and the Holding Company, Bo Diddley, Bukka White, Salvation Army Banned (August 24-27, 1967). Big Brother, the Holding Company, Bo Diddley, Bukka White, Salvation Army Banned, Robert Fried, Roger Hillyard, Ben van Meter.
Original Concert Poster: Big Brother and the Holding Company, Bo Diddley, Bukka White, Salvation Army Banned (August 24-27, 1967)

Original Concert Poster: Big Brother and the Holding Company, Bo Diddley, Bukka White, Salvation Army Banned (August 24-27, 1967)

San Francisco, CA: Family Dog Productions, 1967. First Edition. Single Sheet. A poster (appx. 13&1/2" x 20&1/8") announcing a "Dance Concert" series Headlined by Big Brother & the Holding Company (August 25-27), along with Bo Diddley (August 24), Bukka White (August 24) & the Salvation Army Banned (August 24-27), altogether during August 24-27, 1967 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The artwork & graphics reproduced here were created by Robert Fried (1937-1975), among the great American San Francisco-based artists along with Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso (who were his friends) et al.; & "Fried 621-1944" in facsimile cursive hand-lettering & numbering is found just outside the lower silver outer right side border of image near lower right corner (see image). The "North American/ Ibis Alchemical Co(mpany)" is noted in the last line of performers' & venue information flanking either side of the upper image. This was a memorably named incarnation of Roger Hillyard, Ben van Meter & their associates who produced the psychedelic light show at this concert series. 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 printing, distinguished by a glossy finish, as opposed to the second printing's "uncoated" finish & slightly different measurements. King, FD-77-OP-1, pg. 142. King writes: "The central image is a photograph of Leo Tolstoy, author of War and Peace. Below him is a troop of men marching with rifles. The artist who created this poster, Bob Fried, was an instructor at the San Franciso Art Institute, and, like Victor Moscoso, had extensive classical and academic training in art schools. As a result his psychedelic posters tended to be very well thought out, polished and balanced. His style at the time tended toward an internal frame in addition to the outer border such as that with a rounded top in this poster and a background with regular geometric designs such as the evenly distributed six pointed stars he used on this image. People who have not taken LSD often incorrectly think that the visual effects of this drug are wild and disordered, and sometimes they can be, however, sometimes they can be symmetrical and orderly. Fried's use of geometric forms and grids often came as close to capturing this effect as can be done without the drug itself, and since this was one of the goals of psychedelic poster art, his work is generally considered quite successful." King has entitled this poster "War and Peace," & we agree with his assessment of Fried's depth & talent. A classic Exemplar of the high (indeed) Fried style from the late "Summer of Love" in its rarest contemporary form. From the collection of Dion Wright (b. 1937), a most respected artiste & sculptor who was at the center of the scene that produced this & the many other outstanding posters that symbolize a legendary time & place (see Wright's memoir, Tempus Fugitive, item No. 5912). In our highly (hmmm...) experienced estimation, this poster is in relatively very fine condition with only slight rubbing, browning & a few faint creases at outer white border (entire printed recto image appears bright & substantially mint); a touch of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners; one tiny spot at blank white outer border near upper left corner. 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 #5907]

Price: $300.00