Posters--Family Dog (Avalon Ballroom) and Related

Last updated 2/15/2015

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FD #5, Blues Project, Great Society, 4/22-23/66; first show at the Avalon; red, white and blue stars and stripes design by Wes Wilson with Family Dog logo in the center; this is the seldom seen MID-SIZE version of this poster on thin paper; folded once in half as they all are and a brown stain at the fold in the margin that does not intrude into the image; otherwise clean, no pinholes; asking $250.

FD #11, Grassroots, Big Brother & the Holding Co., Buddha from Muir Beach, 6/3-4/66, Avalon; "Stone Facade" poster; Victor Moscoso's first poster; atypical B & W with photo of gargoyle from the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. I'm pleased to offer here a FIRST PRINTING of this extremely rare poster, the first I've had in a long, long time. I'll provide a bit more description than usual on the condition due to the rarity of this item. Overall, colors and paper are good, nothing missing. It looks like a few pinholes in the corner outside the image may have been repaired at some point, leaving only a couple of very small rust spots, most likely from thumb tack holes. In the distant past, the poster was folded into quarters; however, the folds have been largely pressed out and are visible mainly on the reverse; the image obscures most of it on the image side. The overall appearance is very good. Asking $1100 for this copy.

FD #18, Bo Diddley, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 7/28-30/66, Avalon; "His Master's Voice" with Nipper listening to gramophone emitting the lettering for the bands; cute. 2 first printings available; all on thin paper; #1 is solid VG+; minor pinholes $200; #2 is very thin paper version; VG, cleaner but has 2 light horiz. folds over image. $150.(*)

FD #28, 13th Floor Elevators, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 9/30-10/1/66, Avalon; Mouse's "Zebra Man" poster in blue and orange with outline of man's face; FIRST PRINTING of this always-popular poster; first extra one I have had in quite awhile. This one grades VG or so, intact and with good colors, and no pinholes but a fair number of minor condition issues like a wrinkle that is visible mainly from the back, a stain in the upper LH corner which has slightly lightened a small bit of the background, and some other general age issues. Nevertheless, it is a decent copy overall, would probably be improved considerably with restoration, and would frame quite nicely in its current state. $275.

FD #29, Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Big Brother & the Holding Co, Electric Train, 10/7-8/66, Avalon; Mouse's classic "Girl With Green Hair"; based on famous Alphonse Mucha Art Nouveau posted. Third printing, nice copy for framing instead of an expensive original, $55.

FD #30, Big Brother & the Holding Co., Sir Douglas Quintet, 10/15-16/66, Avalon; beautiful classic Mouse in red and purple on white background with center photo of actress Gloria Swanson. FIRST PRINTING, basically VG+/VG; clean with minor staple holes in the corners and light overall paper discoloration due to age; $295.

FD #31, Daily Flash, Country Joe & the Fish, 10/20-21/66, Avalon; B & W poster with Stanley Mouse with photo of Edgar Allen Poe; first version with incorrect dates, NM-/VG+ (no pinholes), $275; VG+.

FD #32, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Sons of Champlin, Blackburn & Snow, 10/28- 29/66, Avalon; Victor Moscoso's "chicken" poster; pink and black with chicken on unicycle. Nice, very clean VG+ copy, very minor almost invisible staple holes in outer corners, diagonal crease across lower RH corner, nice copy, $350. Second copy, VG+; a couple of staple holes in upper corner area and a bit of light overall paper age, $300. (*).

FD #35, Daily Flash, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Country Joe & the Fish, 11/18-19/66, Mouse poster with blue background, red and white vertical stripes, and center image with old- time engraving of balloon decked out in American flags. Nice NM first printing, $225. Second copy, first printing, clean with no pinholes, one small light brown stain in image, $100; third copy, also a first printing, basically an average used copy with large tack holes in each corner, a little other basic general age, otherwise OK, would grade VG+/VG, $75 good price for a first printing. Also have a third printing, basically a NM poster that was shrink wrapped too tight at some point, resulting in some minor corner wrinkling so must downgrade it to VG+, asking $25. (*)

FD #37, Buffalo Springfield, Daily Flash, Congress of Wonders, 12/2-3/66, Avalon, San Francisco; pink background with yellow lettering, forming 3 stylized mountains (I think), one for each band, with a dancer on tip. Artwork by Ned Lamont. NM- copy, $150.

FD #38, Big Brother & the Holding Co., Oxford Circle, 12/9-10/66, Avalon; classic Moscoso red, white & blue image with Family Dog Indian with swirling pinwheel eyes. First printing, restored to VG+; clean now except for a light stain spot in RH margin, outside image; couple filled pinholes and repairs to other minor issues, looks good now $200.

No #, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brother & the Holding Co., 12/27/1966, Lick- Wilmerding School benefit, 13"x 2"; somewhat crudely screened in black and yellow on khaki colored card stock, shows image of two dancers in bright yello against a black background with the words "Trip the light fantastic." and band/ show info at the bottom. Has two torn corners; upper LH has a 1" jagged piece missing roughly along the corner diagonal; lower LH has a smaller piece missing, maybe 1/4" x 3/4" along the LH margin. Minor pinholing in other 2 corners. Unusual poster, asking $275.

FD #45, Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 1/27-28/67, Avalon; gold background with green and red image of woman with flowing hair standing beside a jug or amphora or something; has sort of a Biblical look to it; beautiful image by Stanley Mouse. FIRST PRINTING of this rare and popular poster (with gold ink background). VG+ clean with minor tack holes in each corner, the holes have been professionally restored and are now hard to see, $900.

FD #46, Country Joe & the Fish, Sparrow, Kaleidoscope, 2/3-4/67, Avalon; "Dance of the 5 moons"; beautiful poster by Victor Moscoso with blue background & green moon figures surrounded by orange lettering--nice early image. 2 NM/NM- copy, appears to be 3d printing based on paper thickness, per Eric King's book, $50 each (*).

FD ## 63, 77, 71, SET OF THE 3 CHARLATANS POSTERS: FD #63, Charlatans, Salvation Army Band, Blue Cheer, 5/26-28/66, Avalon; Rick Griffin image with brown border and photo of Mike Wilhelm and Dan Hicks; FD #67, Charlatans, 13th Floor Elevators, 6/22- 25/67, Avalon; 2d poster of the Charlatans trio with the lettering "RLA", brown image by Rick Griffin, with Herb Greene photo; FD #71, Charlatans, Youngbloods, Other Half, 7/13-16/67, Avalon, third and final image in the "Charlatans" series, spells out "TANS" with photo of Richard Olsen. When lined up together, these form a complete set or series with all members of the band. I have one FULL SET of these 3 posters, all second printings (vintage 60s printings) so they are much more reasonably priced than a full set of first printings would be, for those inclined to frame up a set; condition is NM-; some of them have very minor defects on the reverse edge from removal of some supposedly "archival" tape--images are clean, colors bold. Asking $225 for the set, don't want to break them up.

FD #74, Charles Lloyd, West Coast Natural Gas Co., 8/3-6/67, Avalon Ballroom; Moscoso design with red sky, pink and blue border, and image of the Family Dog Indian standing in front of the Taj Mahal. FIRST PRINTING with silver ink. 1 strong VG+ copy (single small pinhole in each corner, otherwise clean), $140.

FD #87, Captain Beefheart, Blue Cheer, 10/13-15/67, Avalon; very nice, somewhat unusual color design by Jack Hatfield featuring lion and snow-capped mountain in background; 2 NM- copies, $57.50 each. (*)

FD #90, Canned Heat, Lothar and the Hand People, Allmen Joy, Super Ball, 11/3-7/67, Avalon Ballroom; very attractive design by Bob Fried with an olive green background, orange border, black checkerboard design, a large cat, and photo of several nude young girls playing ball with a mirror ball. Nice NM copy $58.00.

FD #97, Siegel-Schwall, Blue Cheer, Soul Survivors, 12/21-23/67, Avalon; ugly collage with background photo of Yosemite Nat'l Park, moon, dressed-up cat, snarling black panther. Real meaningful. NM $40.

FD #98, Jim Kweskin, Country Joe & the Fish, Lee Michaels, Blue Cheer, 12/28-30/67, Avalon; oversize long poster by Bob Schnepf featuring photo of nude woman in frog stance; green border, purple center with figure and lettering in orange and yellow. This and the next poster are harder to find in clean condition than some people realize. Because they are oversize, the majority of them tend to have dinged and damaged ends, corners and so on. 1 NM- copy (front NM, reverse has insignificant marks from removal of supposedly "archival" tape), $85.

FD #99, Blue Cheer, Country Joe & the Fish, Flamin' Groovies, Mad River, Mt. Rushmore, 12/31/67, Avalon; oversize long poster by Bob Schnepf, bright green background, pink and purple circular lettering, center photo of nude woman in forest. Strong VG+ with very teeny pinholes (literally, pin size) in upper corners, $62.50.

FD #100, Youngbloods, Ace of Cups, 1/5-7/66, Avalon; nice color tree/mushroom cloud with photos of the Youngbloods in the center, NM $40, last copy.

FD #107, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Buddy Guy, Son House, 2/23-25./68; cartoonish drawing of lots of figures in front of mountain, sky and colors in background; so-so design; 1 NM poster $55.00.

FD #108, Blues Project, Taj Mahal, Genesis, 3/1-3/68, Avalon; yellow, green, & blue art by Neon Park with floating cloud-like images. NM poster $50.

FD #109, Love, Congress of Wonders, Sons of Champlin, 3/8-10/68, Avalon; green background, purple image of sleeping woman wrapped in her own hair, Stanley Mouse art but very atypical; interesting. This is the "B" version that is wider and has slightly different colors, both are considered originals. NM-/VG+ clean but has very teeny bit of paper age to keep[ it out of the NM category, minor spot on back that doesn't show through, and was rolled at some point resulting in minor ripples, $45.

FD #111, Siegel/Schwall, Kaleidoscope, Savage Resurrection, 3/22-24/68, Avalon; brightly colored art by San Andreas fault with red, pink background, face in blue dots,. palm trees and reclining woman at bottom in yellow and green; decent art. VG+ copy, light general age, slightly "used" look but not bad,$20.

FD #116, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Charlatans, It's A Beautiful Day, 4/26-28/68, Avalon; Kelley's "It's A Gas" poster with photo of a bunch of men wearing gas masks; great colors. NM $60.

FD #120, Youngbloods, Kaleidoscope, Hour Glass, 5/24-26/68, Avalon; John Thompson design featuring top half of topless woman; blue building made out of bricks and columns in the background; psychedelic sky. Nice NM- poster, $60

FD #124, Kaleidoscope, Mother Earth, Country Weather, 6/21-23/68, Avalon; pink & blue lettering against black background, with grey drawing of dancing figures. NM first printing; this is the die-cut version that was designed so that when it was posted outside, the dancing figures would actually "dance" in the wind. Neat, original concept. $65.00

FD #130, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Howlin Wolf, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks, 7/26- 28/68, Avalon, B & W poster featuring a negative-image photo of a hippie dude havin' a smoke. 4 NM copies, $45 each. (*)

FD #138, Steve Miller Band, Muddy Waters, A.B. Sky Blues Band, 9/20-22/68, Avalon; B & W horizontal image with distorted photo of face, slightly off centered, a lot of white in the background. NM $40.

FD #D-11, The Other Half, Sons of Champlin, 11/10-11/67, Denver, CO; Stanley Mouse poster with central portrait of Alfred E. Newman flanked by a mushroom on one side and a mushroom cloud on the other. NM $60, 1 VG+ (tape stains in corners), $27.50.

Paul Butterfield Blues Band reunion, Country Joe & the Fish, It Was A Beautiful Day, Canned Heat, Lee Michaels, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Lenore Kandel, Diane Di Prima, Wavy Gravy, 10/1/1978, Greek Theatre, U.C. Berkeley, Family Dog "Tribal Stomp" reunion concert, poster by Stanley Mouse with green to blue split fountain background, orange border and lettering, and center brown-tone photo of a lot of the old band members circa 1966 standing in front of an old car. Cool poster for this fun event (I was there...). Nice NM $45.

Paul Butterfield Blues Band reunion, Country Joe & the Fish, It Was A Beautiful Day, Canned Heat, Lee Michaels, Allen Ginsberg, Michael McClure, Lenore Kandel, Diane Di Prima, Wavy Gravy, 10/1/1978, Greek Theatre, U.C. Berkeley, Family Dog "Tribal Stomp" reunion concert, there were several different posters or other items produced for this event; this one is a program poster that was handed out at the event (that's where I got my own copy); 11 5/16" x 17"; front has a great color Gilbert Shelton cartoon drawing of the Greek Theatre from the stage looking out to the trees in the background, with a band onstage and the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers in the corner saying "This Must Be The Place." It is one of my favorite Gilbert Shelton images. The right side has an add for KSAN featuring another Shelton image of a geeky looking guy with a briefcase confronting a big radio with little hands and feet, spouting the words "Long Live Rock and Roll!!" with an ad for KSAN down at the bottom. The reverse side, which could be folded in half (these are unfolded) contains the order of performance on one side and some spacy poetic rap on the other. A certain big overpriced website offers these at $75 each BUT WAIT!! I have 5 of them, all NM/NM- and am putting them out at $25 each. Very cool artwork. (*)

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