[Item #5927] Original Concert Poster: Miller Blues Band, Mother Earth, Bukka White (September 1-3, 1967). Miller Blues Band, Mother Earth, Bukka White, Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse, Adolph Weinman, Roger Hillyard, Ben van Meter.
Original Concert Poster: Miller Blues Band, Mother Earth, Bukka White (September 1-3, 1967)

Original Concert Poster: Miller Blues Band, Mother Earth, Bukka White (September 1-3, 1967)

San Francisco, CA: Family Dog Productions, 1967. First Edition. Single Sheet. A poster (appx. 14" x 19&7/8") announcing a series of concerts headlined by the (Steve) Miller Blues Band, along with Mother Earth & Bukka White (1909?-1977, b. Booker T. Washington White, American Delta Blues musician), during September 1-3, 1967 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The Acclaimed American artist Stanley Mouse (b. Stanley George Miller, 1940) created the artwork & graphics reproduced here, in collaboration with the noted American poster & album cover artist Alton Kelley (1940-2008, known as "Kelley"), & "(logo) Mouse Studios 8-67" is found in facsimile illustration, hand-lettering & numbering inside pink border just below feet of angelic statue at middle-lower area (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, we are all-but-certain that this copy is a first printing, with dark blue background & non-glossy finish. King, FD-78-OP-1, pg. 143. Absolute certainty would require comparison with a specimen of the third printing (FD-78-RP-3), which King describes as having "...a substantially darker blue..." than the second printing (FD-78-RP-2), & a "...semi glossy..." finish. King writes at length in his entry for this poster, & we'll quote excerpts including the provenance of the angelic statue image: "The central image is a nude woman with wings. Since most of the hippies were raised in the intensely Judeo-Christian culture of the 1950s, it should not be surprising that angels often appeared in pyschedelic poster art. Since one of the main tenets of the Hippie ethos was that lust and sex were something good to be engaged in freely as opposed to evils to be restrained as was the view of the dominant culture, it also should not be surprising that in psychedelic poster art angels were sexualized and that this sexualization was viewed as gentle and beautiful...the origin of this image is a statue, Descending Night, which was part of an elaborate system of fountains at the 1915 San Francisco Panama Pacific Exhibition. The creator of the sculpture is Adolph Weinman (1870-1952), a famous early Twentieth Century sculptor whose other works include the United States Mercury Head Dime and Liberty Walking Half Dollar." (pg. 144) Another exuberant exemplar of the Mouse-Kelley style from the waning "Summer of Love" in (we believe most likely) its rarest contemporary form. From the collection of Dion Wright (b. 1937), an acclaimed & venerable 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. 5916). In our sharp-eyed & experienced estimation, this poster is in relatively very fine condition with only a touch of wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners, esp. upper edge with miniscule loss of surface paper at left corner & near right corner. Otherwise, the entire printed 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 #5927]

Price: $500.00