[Item #6129] Original Concert Poster: Youngbloods, Mad River (November 10-12, 1967). Youngbloods, Mad River, Chris Johnson.
Original Concert Poster: Youngbloods, Mad River (November 10-12, 1967)

Original Concert Poster: Youngbloods, Mad River (November 10-12, 1967)

San Francisco, CA: Family Dog Productions, 1967. First Edition. Single Sheet. A poster (appx. 14" x 20") announcing a series of three concerts headlined by the Youngbloods, along with Mad River, during November 10-12, 1967 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The artist Chris Johnson, of whom we have been unable to obtain any biographical information (see King quote below), created the artwork & graphics reproduced here, & "Chris Johnson '67" in facsimile hand-lettering & numbering is found just outside outermost thin black image border above its lower right curved corner (see image). According to the Talmudic scholarship we have consulted regarding this poster, it is a first-&-only printing. King, FD-91-OP-1, pg. 157. King writes: "The central image is a drawing of John Lennon wearing an early 20th-century style of shirt collar. One side of his jacket is open revealing skeletal ribs. The sun appears to be rising out of his pants. During this period the Family Dog art director tended to select one work from one artist and one work from another rather than a long series of posters by one artist as had been the case previously with (Stanley) Mouse and (Alton) Kelley, (Wes) Wilson & (Victor) Moscoso. Most of these were not professional artists and did not become professional artists later." (pg. 157). This seems to have been the case with Johnson, & King has whimsically entitled this poster "Sunny Side In." We note with some puzzlement the depiction of the then-as-now iconic John Lennon on a poster referring to bands of which the Sainted Beatle was not a member, but, we suppose, why not? A particularly off-beat, confusingly compelling exemplar of the psychedelic style from the autumn following the "Summer of Love" in its singularly quite 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 wonderful posters that symbolize a fabled 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 light rubbing, browning to mostly blank white outer margins; a touch of wear & a few tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners; one tiny, light spot-stain at lower left corner. The entire bordered 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 #6129]

Price: $300.00