[Item #5965] Original Concert Poster: South Side Sound System, Phoenix, Freedom Highway (September 8-10, 1967). South Side Sound System, Phoenix, Freedom Highway, Greg Irons, Roger Hillyard, Ben van Meter.
Original Concert Poster: South Side Sound System, Phoenix, Freedom Highway (September 8-10, 1967)

Original Concert Poster: South Side Sound System, Phoenix, Freedom Highway (September 8-10, 1967)

San Francisco, CA: Family Dog Productions, 1967. First Edition. Single Sheet. A poster (appx. 14&1/4" x 20&1/2") announcing a "Dance Concert" series featuring performances headlined by the South Side Sound System, along with the Phoenix & Freedom Highway, during September 8-10, 1967 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The brilliant American poster, underground comix & animation artist Greg Irons (b. Gregory Rodman Irons, 1947-1984) created the artwork & graphics reproduced here, & "Greg Irons/ 1967" in facsimile hand-lettering & numbers is found at the lower right portion of the central illustration, just to the right of the giant mushroom-stool on which a joint-smoking, tea-drinking hippie sits (see image). Credited for "Lights" is the "North American Ibis Alchemical Co(mpany)," 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 Franciso. 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-and-only printing. King, FD-80-OP-1, pg. 146. King writes: "The central image is a drawing of an adult version of the Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland with all the characters smoking marijuana, the smoke is drifting upward to form the lettering. Among the characters at this Tea Party are a large breasted nun wearing a low cut habit, a monkey wearing a priest's collar and a man wearing the two of spades. They are sitting on toadstools. The Alice in Wonderland story with its frequent distortions of reality following ingestion of unknown substances was perfect for adaptation to psychedelic poster art, and a number of the artists use this theme for inspiration. This was the first work in the Family Dog series by Greg Irons. Irons also was a cartoonist for underground comics, and this background as a cartoonist shows in his posters which all feature very fine drawing skills. His untimely death...was a great loss to the lovers of this poster art." (pg. 146) King has entitled this poster "The Tea Party." A wonder(land)ful example of the groovy Irons style near the end of the "Summer of Love," in its singularly rarest contemporary form. From the collection of Dion Wright (b. 1937), an acclaimed artiste & sculptor who was at the center of the scene that produced this & the many other outstanding posters that symbolize a fabled time & place (see Wright's memoir, Tempus Fugitive, item No. 5916). In our sharp-eyed & seasoned estimation, this poster is in relatively very fine condition with only mild rubbing & a hint of browning to blank (except lower) white outer borders; a bit of wear & some tiny bumps, creases at/from edges & corners; miniscule loss of paper at upper right corner- the entire bordered recto image appears 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 #5965]

Price: $400.00