I have preserved them on acid free paper mounted by protective corners stored flat in binders. On most of the photos of posters that I will be offering you may notice these corner protectors. Should you want a cheaper alternative and are willing to accept responsibility, please contact me. Reimbursement will be for the cost of the item only.Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need to see additional photos of the item and I will respond to the best of my knowledge. Please give us opportunity to resolve the issue as soon as possible. The item(s) are from a smoke-free household. Pictures are of the actual item being auctioned.
These posters were very cheaply made; especially the earlier ones. Bill Graham never envisioned that they would someday become collector items.
They were intended to be posted on walls, telephone poles, etc. To advertise that weeks performing artists only to be torn down, discarded and replaced next week with a new poster for the next show. There was little attention made to quality of ink and paper.Many times the printer would run out of paper and would simply use whatever they had in stock. Here are Wes Wilsons details of the story as told to Collectors Weekly. Normally I had to design and deliver printed posters in a matter of a week, or even days.
Within three or four days of getting the billing, I had to have the poster at the shop getting printed. For producers like Chet Helms and Bill Graham, that was usually as quick as they could get these bands scheduled. It was just tough to schedule two or three bands way in advance for some reason.
I dont know why, but that was just the way it was. Once in a while, I remember Bill would be real happy if he had over a week in advance and would perhaps have photos for a poster.
That was a big deal. It was a pretty fast-moving business in those early days.
As such, maintaining them in pristine condition is an on-going challenge. I have gone through great lengths.
To insure that these posters have been maintained using only archival materials. I lived in San Francisco from 1973 to 1993; the last several years in an apartment building on the eighth floor where I could literally drop a rock out of my window down to the Fillmore Auditorium.
While living in San Francisco, I befriended Ben Friedman owner/operator of the Postermat located at 901 Columbus Ave one block north of the hustling Broadway nightlife and tourist attractions; the largest purveyor of psychedelic rock posters in the world at the time. Bill Graham thought that he was crazy asking What do you plan to do with them as the concerts were now over? I was fortunate to meet many of them including Rick Griffin before his tragic motorcycle accident.
On rare occasion, after closing the store and feeding the resident rats (they actually learned Bens routine for closing the store and always feeding them before turning out the lights), Ben and I would go upstairs to his apartment; quite the experience. Ben had no lights upstairs with the only night light coming from the nearby nightclubs and restaurants. Ben had LOTS of cats that he fed with paper food plates that were scattered everywhere. Ben would allow me to forage through boxes of unorganized posters looking for oddities and rarities. For certain posters, I had to work Ben for months.
I remember the rare Avalon FD 20 poster that he had hanging on his store wall for years that I wanted, but he didnt want to sell it to me. Eventually, with great patience taking well over a year, I was able to obtain it.
One day I was at the store working on Ben to get another rare poster that he kept in his upstairs apartment as he also didnt want to sell this one to anyone. Again, with great patience, on this day he agreed to have his companion Blandina Farley go up to get it. As she was bringing it into the store, the Great Earthquake of 1987 hit; the name of the poster that I was purchasing was the Avalon poster FD 21 EARTHQUAKE featuring Bo Diddley. My fiancé had just arrived from out of country three days prior; it was quite a night. Author of The Art of Rock: Posters From Presley to Punk.You'd have to stand there for hours wheedling him to pull out what you were looking for. Hundreds of us used to be supplicants to this guy. I was one of those hundreds. I had the good fortune of personally meeting and obtaining signatures of artists Wes Wilson, Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelly, David Singer, Randy Tuten, Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso and Lee Conklin. Eric King assisted me in obtaining the very hard to get signatures of Bonnie MacLean, ex-wife of Bill Graham, who wanted at the time to separate herself from her ex-husband and the entire Fillmore subject. Eric also helped me to obtain several very rare posters including a mint copy of BG 74. Eric King is the renowned expert on Fillmore posters. I was able to befriend Stanley Mouse to the point where once a year we would have a dinner together. I was also able to visit Victor Moscosos studio where he was working on artwork celebrating the 25th anniversary of Woodstock that he was presenting to Time Magazine. The subject was the iconic bird sitting on the guitar neck; but now the bird was represented as a skeleton. For some reason Time did not select this piece for their cover? I was in the computer business and would trade computer graphic equipment with David Singer for rare posters (many of them non distributed double posters) and signatures. He was quite the soft-spoken gentleman who enjoyed telling me about the progression of his career which now included the exciting new graphic art opportunities with computers.
I visited Randy Tuten in his beautiful Victorian home in San Francisco where I was also able to obtain many items and of course signatures. Wes Wilson came to my home and signed well over 60 posters; sharing many stories of how he was chosen by Bill Graham to do virtually all of the early posters as he was the only one that was able to design and print individual posters under the tremendously short time line of a poster a week. I have dealt with all of the major dealers including Jacaeber Kastor, Dennis King, Eric King, Ben Friedman, Philip Cushway, Paul Getchell, Ed Walker, Debi Jacobson, Larry Marion, Denis Mosgofian (son of Tea Lautrec Litho Printing owner Levon Mosgofian), Robert Beerbohm, unfortunately Bob Metzler, and many others. In what is now 40 plus years of collecting, I have assembled what I believe to be one of the finest collections of Fillmore and Avalon posters and handbills. While Jacaebor Kastor, Eric King and Paul Getchell have a more impressive overall collection of early rock and roll posters, I believe that for completeness, condition, and signatures, my Fillmore collection will compare to any.
These posters have been maintained in archival books holding approximately 40 posters per binder. These binders are stored in a custom made solid oak cabinet with cocoa bola trim making them to also be what I believe is the most accessible and viewable collection of these historic pieces anywhere.
These posters were all collected by me between 1968 when I graduated from high school until 1993 when I moved from San Francisco. This was a hobby of passion, for both rock and roll and the extremely unique and beautiful city of San Francisco where I was privileged to live for 20 years.
This will take time so I will list below what I have completed now on this set and update this list in the future. I have no real idea what this complete collection is worth so I will have to figure out how to list it when the time comes. I have no intention to break up this complete set.
Bill Graham and San Franciscos Fillmore West made significant contributions to the history of Rock and Roll in support of many performing artists including on regular basis; Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Bill Grahams house band of Carlos Santana. And of course these historical posters giving us the Art of Rock!!!
Complete Fillmore Poster Set - Book 1. Bill Graham Memorial Signed by R. MacLean in pen in mint condition, BG 0 Variant first printing signed by B. MacLean in pen in mint condition, BG 4 (1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in blue ink in excellent condition; very slight aging of white and one small pinhole in top corners only), BG 4 (2nd printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 5 (1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in pen in mint condition), BG 5 (2nd printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 6 (1st printing strong purple color - signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 6 (2nd printing more reddish color - signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 7 (1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in excellent condition having slight wave on right border and pinholes in each corner), BG 7 (2nd printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 8 1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in pen pencil?
In excellent condition having very slight toning of white border and pinholes in top corners, BG 8 (2nd printing signed by Wes Wilson in pen in mint condition), BG 9 (1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in pen in outstanding condition with one very small pinhole in each corner; very hard to see), BG 9 (2nd printing signed by Wes Wilson in ink in mint condition), BG 10 (1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 10 (2nd printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 11 (1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 11 (2nd printing signed by Wes Wilson in pen in mint condition), BG 12 (1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition with two very small brown spots in lower right corner), BG 12 (2nd printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 13 (1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 13 (2nd printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition with several very small brown spots in lower left corner and left border), BG 13 (3rd printing signed by Wes Wilson in pen in mint condition), BG 13 (4th printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 14 (1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 15 (1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 15 (2nd printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition) BG 16 (1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 16 (2nd printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 17 (1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 17 (2nd printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 18 (1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition), BG 18 (2nd printing signed by Wes Wilson in pen in mint condition), BG 19 (1st printing signed by Wes Wilson in pencil in mint condition). The item "Mickey Hart & the Daylites Garberville Poster 70's/80's Signed By Alton Kelley" is in sale since Monday, May 11, 2020. This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Music Memorabilia\Rock & Pop\Artists G\Grateful Dead\Posters". The seller is "terry-dunn" and is located in Phoenix, Arizona.
This item can be shipped to United States.