[Item #6187] Original Concert Poster: Big Brother and the Holding Company, Mt. Rushmore (November 23-25, 1967). Big Brother, the Holding Company, Mt. Rushmore, Joe Gomez.
Original Concert Poster: Big Brother and the Holding Company, Mt. Rushmore (November 23-25, 1967)

Original Concert Poster: Big Brother and the Holding Company, Mt. Rushmore (November 23-25, 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 Big Brother & the Holding Company, along with Mt. Rushmore, during November 23-25, 1967 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The American artist Joe Gomez, of whom we could not obtain any information (see King's comments below), created the artwork & graphics reproduced here, & "Gomez 67" in facsimile pink hand-calligraphy & numbering is found at rightmost blue stripe within image, to the left of pink border-stripe & shortly above right edge of orange background near lower right edge of poster (see image). Credited for "Lights" is the "Diogenes Lantern Works," named after the lantern-bearing ancient Greek cynicism-founding philosopher, of which we have not been able to obtain information. According to the Talmudic scholarship we have consulted regarding this poster, it is a first-&-only printing. King, FD-93-OP-1, pg. 159. King writes: "The central image is the face of a woman with extremely long eyelashes. In back of her is a series of concentric geometric shapes which produce a tunnel effect. There are also ten circles which reverse the colors of the geometric shapes which form the tunnel effect. Joe Gomez, the artist who created this poster, was one of the artists who produced only one or two posters. This led to a portion of the Family Dog series being diverse to say the least. As a commentary on the American male breast fetish Gomez chose to exaggerate another portion of the female anatomy, the eyelash. The psychedelic poster artists worked their lettering into a wide variety of portions of the human anatomy, but Joe Gomez was the only one who ever drew the words "Avalon Ballroom" into a woman's eyelashes." (pg. 159) King has punned-entitled this dizzying & most-colorful Op Art-ish production "Optical Occlusion." A bold & delightful exemplar of the High (wink those lashes...) psychedelic style from the late autumn following the "Summer of Love," in its singularly rarest contemporary form. From the collection of Dion Wright (b. 1937), a respected 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 & diligent-if-dazzled estimation, this poster is in relatively very fine condition with only mild rubbing, light spot-staining to small area from lower right edge/corner at mostly blank blue outermost border (only publisher's place & zip code lightly effected, see image); a bit of wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners. The entire central 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 #6187]

Price: $300.00