[Item #6069] Original Concert Poster: Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sons of Champlin, Taj Mahal (October 27-29, 1967). Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sons of Champlin, Taj mahal, Rick Griffin, Stanley Mouse, Roger Hillyard, Ben van Meter.
Original Concert Poster: Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sons of Champlin, Taj Mahal (October 27-29, 1967)

Original Concert Poster: Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sons of Champlin, Taj Mahal (October 27-29, 1967)

San Francisco, CA: Family Dog Productions, 1967. First Edition. Single Sheet. A poster (appx. 14&1/4" x 20") announcing a series of dance concerts headlined by the Quicksilver Messenger Service, along with Sons of Champlin & Taj Mahal (b. Henry St. Claire Fredericks Jr., 1942, the acclaimed American Blues musician), during October 27-29, 1967 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The legendary American psychedelic artist Rick Griffin (b. Richard Alden Griffin, 1944-1991) created the artwork & graphics reproduced here, & "-Rick Griffin-" in facsimile black hand-lettering bordered by dashes is found just outside the right side dark brown column-border of the rightmost bottom panel near lower right edge/corner (see image). Per King, the second lower panel from the right (or third panel from left to right) was created by the great American artist Stanley Mouse (b. Stanley George Miller, 1940), "signed...as small as he could." (FD-89, pg. 155). Credited for"Lights" is "Ibis," an abbreviation of 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 ths time, & still engages in cutting-edge creativity as of this writing. According to King's Talmudic scholarship regarding this poster, it is a first printing, with absence of "...a c. 3/4" long faint scratch running diagonally up toward the upper right corner beginning 3/8" above the "T" in "Concert" at the top" found in the second & third printings, or the "...c. 1(&)9/16" long scratch located in the panel with the chain and hook hoisting the Family Dog logo" (rightmost panel of third horizontal row). King, FD-89-OP-1, pg. 155. king writes: "The central image of this poster appears to be a Sunday newspaper color comics strip. The headings for the various comic strips are the names of the acts appearing at the concert. The lead comic strip is a surreal version of (Walt) Disney's Mickey Mouse. The psychedelic poster artists all grew up in an environment saturated with the work of Walt Disney, and in spite of the potential for copyright lawsuits, some of which eventually did materialize, they repeatedly used Disney characters as source material, mostly for their comic books but also occasionally for their posters. Most of this usage was benevolent in nature because they all were inspired by what they saw as the genius of the early work of Walt Disney. Rick Griffin, who created this poster, was a lifelong devotee of surfing and had drawn numerous cartoons for surfing magazines. Among his creations for (them) was a character known as "Murph the Surf," who appears in this poster in the second "comic strip." The words "The Family Dog" appear at the top of the poster in the lettering style of a newspaper masthead. This poster is one of the most popular of the middle period Family Dog posters and is somewhat more expensive than others from this portion of the series." (pgs. 155-156) King does not comment on the strange invented calligraphic language used in many of the panels, which we find very interesting & puzzling. Also, this writer is reminded of the iconic cover artwork created by Robert Crumb for the "Cheap Thrills" record album by Big Brother & the Holding Company released the following year (1968). A particularly famous & outstanding exemplar of the full Griffin psychedelic style (with a little help from his friend Mouse) from the autumn following the "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 magnificent, eye-&-mind-blowing 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 fine-verging-on-very-fine condition with only mild rubbing, browning & occasional spotting to mostly blank white outer margins esp. lower side & bottom of same; a bit of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners. The entire printed recto image appears completely bright & substantially all-but-mint. This item is too delicate to be rolled & must be shipped flat to assure no damage, therefore extra shipping costs will be required. Fine- Very Fine. [Item #6069]

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