[Item #6049] Original Concert Poster: Van Morrison, Daily Flash, Hair (October 20-22, 1967). Van Morrison, Daily Flash, Hair, Wes Wilson, Roger Hillyard, Ben van Meter.
Original Concert Poster: Van Morrison, Daily Flash, Hair (October 20-22, 1967)

Original Concert Poster: Van Morrison, Daily Flash, Hair (October 20-22, 1967)

San Francisco, CA: Family Dog Productions, 1967. First Edition. Single Sheet. A poster (appx. 14&1/8" x 20") announcing a series of concerts headlined by Van Morrison, along with the Daily Flash & Hair, during October 20-22, 1967 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The acclaimed American artist Wes Wilson (1937-2020) created the artwork & graphics reproduced here, & ".Wes Wilson.10.67" in facsimile hand-lettering, numbering & dots is found just below lower right red image border 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-88-OP-1, pg. 154. King writes: "The central image is made up of lettering in the form of flames. At the top center is the symbol for the word "Ohm." Although there had been periods in American history when members of the intelligentsia showed interest in Eastern religion, the first major Western interest in Eastern religion came during the 1960s, and the hippies were in the forefront of those studying Eastern philosophy. Many chanted versions of the Ohm mantra, and the symbol for Ohm appeared in a wide variety of places. By the time of this poster, Oct(ober) 1967, it would have been reasonable for Wes Wilson, the artist (who) created this poster, to presume that a large portion of the viewers of this poster if not a majority of them would recognize his use of the Ohm symbol." (pg. 154) King has appropriately entitled this poster "Ohm," & as Third Mind Torch Bearers we note that Allen Ginsberg, Founding Father of the Beat Generation & among the foremost, enthusiastic bridges between the Beat & Hippie countercultures, was most influential in weaving the "Ohm" mantra & other Eastern practices into gatherings like this before, during & as here right after the legendary "Summer of Love" in San Francisco. An iconic, literally bright-burning exemplar of the Wilson style from the autumn immediately following that summer, in its singularly 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 outstandingly eye-&-mind-blowing posters that symbolize a fabled time & place (see Wright's memoir, Tempus Fugitive, item No. 5912). In our sharp-if-sore-eyed & experienced estimation, this poster is in relatively very fine condition with only light rubbing, browning, very occasional spotting & short, faint creasing to mostly blank white outermost border; a touch of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same- the entire printed 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 #6049]

Price: $200.00