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Professor PosterSaturday, May 19th, 2018 at 7:15pm
Seldom seen and Super Psychedelic, this "Poster From The Past" from 52 (Holy Crap!) years ago on May 19th 1966, was a dance/concert put on by the folks from the Straight Theater at the Avalon Ballroom featuring a reading by playwright Michael McClure , along with music from The Grateful Dead,The Wildflower and The Outfit. Lights were provided by Reginald Reg Williams).

This show was the first time the Grateful Dead played the Avalon, although since this was not a Family Dog production, it was not the first time the Dead played for The Family Dog (this would occur 9 days later). The Wildflower had formed at Oakland's California College of Arts and Crafts, but the key members were former South Bay folkies, so they were well-connected to the San Francisco underground scene from the beginning. The Outfit were an obscure Mill Valley group. It was said about this band that the band members were all more interested in being on the scene than actually gigging, or even rehearsing.
This was a one night only affair for just $2 bucks at the door! Not sure who the poster artist was but the colors and psychedelic effect sure kicked ass.

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Professor PosterSaturday, May 19th, 2018 at 5:08pm
Here is a poster that I actually know very little about, other than John Pimenthal and Jeff Rogers, two Cal Poly students at the time, designed this poster. I recently located it and thought it was stunning for a college gig poster. Colorful and well designed.

It was 50 years ago for one night only on May the 19th, 1967, that The Jefferson Airplane played in the Men's Gym at Cal Polytechic in San Luis Obispo Calif. Billed as an "Embryonic Journey" (which was quite a stretch to read that title off of the poster). This event was presented by the College Student Union. Admission was only $1.75 -$2.25 for students and $2.25-$3.00 for General. Times certainly have changed! Anyway for what it's worth.....I really like it. And if you do too, you can….

Take a flight with a friend... 🙂
UP up and away! Professor Poster
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Professor PosterSaturday, May 19th, 2018 at 3:46pm
Certainly cannot let the day go by without acknowledging the 73rd Birthday of the Rocker Extreme.... Peter Townsend. Stiil at it and they'll be no stopp'in him anytime in the near future. His career with the Who spans over 50 years, during which time the band grew to be considered one of the most influential bands of the 20th century. ROCK ON PETE! (Y)
Born this day May 19th 1945 in West London.

All the BEST Pete! .... Professor Poster
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Professor PosterSaturday, May 19th, 2018 at 2:52pm
Some of Rock Artist's Rick Schubb's somewhat grotesque and creepy little monsters on this "Poster From The Past". During the short time that the Carousel Ballroom was producing shows, Rick created three actual posters that included such creatures. He said about his work there, "The plan was for me to become their primary poster artist, doing most if not all the posters, thereby giving the Carousel a distinctive look. I had to learn to work fast, because bookings were seldom made very far in advance. I never had more than a week for a poster. I was paid $125 per poster. This doesn’t sound like very much now, but it was top dollar at the time!" As it was, he only ended up doing four posters. One of which was for a Jimi Hendrix gig that never ended up happening.
It was 50 years ago on this day back in 1968, that
The Electric Flag, Don Ellis Orchestra and PG&E played their last night of a three night gig at the Carousel Ballroom.
Light show that night by The North American Ibis Chemical Company.
This cool poster was one of the smaller 11"X 14" size. It was only printed once but years later the artist created some very high quality prints on satin finish photo paper with archival ink. Cool yes, …. but I prefer the original posters myself.
Share some little monsters with a friend!

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Professor PosterSaturday, May 19th, 2018 at 3:58am
The Northern California Folk-Rock Festival was a music festival held 50 years ago on May 18–19, 1968 at Family Park in the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose, California,
There were a few different posters done for this event but this might be one of the best-looking featuring the Doors; the central design being a photo of Jim Morrison surrounded by reclining women with flowing hair.
This was one of several Folk-Rock Festivals held at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose in 1968 and 1969.
This particular festival had a great lineup of bands, including Country Joe and the Fish, The Animals, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin, The Youngbloods, The Electric Flag, Kaleidoscope, Taj Mahal, and Ravi Shankar. And although not mentioned in the promotional material, Grateful Dead also performed. Artwork for this "Poster From The Past" was done by Carson - Morris Studios. It was printed twice.
I do happen to have a first printing of this one available Quite Reasonably if anyone might be interested..... just message me!

Opening the Doors for Approval by .... Professor Poster
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Professor PosterSaturday, May 19th, 2018 at 12:58am
Sign at the Buffalo (Bison) enclosure in Golden Gate Park here in (where else?) San Francisco.
Who would do that anyway?

.... Professor Poster
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Professor PosterFriday, May 18th, 2018 at 7:44pm
Wilfred Weisser, who created this "Poster From The Past", was a globe trotting hippie from Germany. When he was in San Francisco in the mid 60's and after attending some dance/concerts at various venues, he decided to submit several proposals for possible posters. Two were chosen by Bill Graham, this being one of them. (and the previous weeks poster) He later returned to Germany after wandering around the U.S. not to be heard from again. Anyone know? An octopus is the central image here, extending it's long tentacles with the lettering on them. The Golden Gate Bridge is in the background.

It was 50 years ago on this day back in 1968, that Country Joe & the Fish, along with the Incredible String Band and Albert Collins finished up their three night gig at the Fillmore Auditorium. This is BG Fillmore poster number #120 in the series printed only once.

It's Octo sharing time folks....
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Professor PosterFriday, May 18th, 2018 at 2:59pm
From the personal archives of my friend David Getz (Drummer for BBHC). He has shared that this is one of the very first photos of Big Brother after Janis joined the band, taken in San Francisco in early1966 and says about it.....
"The dog seen here was named Sancho and belonged to Ellen Harmon, who was one of the original founding members that started 'The Family Dog' collective. The name was taken over by Chet Helms early on for his production company that produced all the shows at the Avalon. Sancho was an incredible dog and would roam all over San Francisco in those days but always got himself back to the 'dog house' on Pine Street."
Shancho was also seen on Family Dog's poster number 30....which was their one year anniversary. Got to look close though to find him!

Ahhh Great days of my youth remembered!...... Professor Poster
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Professor PosterFriday, May 18th, 2018 at 2:49pm
Approved with a little Purple Haze by @Professor Posteron May 18–19, 1968. An estimated 100,000 people attended this concert, which was promoted by Richard O'Barry & Michael Lang, later famous as promoter of Woodstock. Bands featured at the festival included Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Mothers of Invention, Blue Cheer and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown. Although far from his most famous performance, Jimi's appearance at the Miami Pop Festival is seen by fans as one of his best. The song "Rainy Day, Dream Away" was also written in response to the cancellation of the Sunday installment of the festival due to, you guessed it......rain.
Chuck Berry, The Blues Image, Pacific Gas and Electric and Three Dog Night also performed. The opening act on the main stage on Saturday was a little-known group called The Package and the closing act on that same stage was Hendrix. There were several posters done for this event. The artist for this "Poster From The Past" is Zed Bennett.

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Professor PosterThursday, May 17th, 2018 at 2:55pm
Floating down to the Shrine Expo Hall in Los Angeles for this "Poster From The Past" (actually it's just a handbill!) by one of the Masters of rock art, John Van Hamersveld for the Grateful Dead! This central image shows the Dead's very own "Pigpen" pointing up to the dates that they were playing this gig along with the Steve Miller Blues Band and Taj Mahal on this day 50 years ago back in 1968. Cool handbill that would run at least a few hundred to replace in t'days marketplace.

Share the "Pig" with a friend
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Professor PosterWednesday, May 16th, 2018 at 11:35pm
Sharp Dressed men...
ZZ Top circa 1970
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Professor PosterWednesday, May 16th, 2018 at 9:02pm
An unusually cool & quite obscure Psychedelic (to the max) "Poster From The Past" from a gig at the California Hall here in San Francisco.
It was on this day 50 years ago back in '68 that the Beilenson Be-in (whatever that was?) took place with the sounds of, Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks, Sopwith Camel, Rejoice, Gale Garnett & the Gentle Reign and Peter Bowen were all performing at this one night only affair. Many surprise guest were also promised. Don't know where they had enough time for all of these groups as the event was only was from 9pm-1 am. I am not familiar with this piece other than the artist's name, MOORE, The artwork really caught my eye. Very well done and pretty far-out there wouldn't ya say?! If you're with me here, give it a like so I know that this appeals to some of you as well.

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Professor PosterWednesday, May 16th, 2018 at 2:50pm
During the last days that the Family Dog was teamed up with 2B1 at the Maritime Hall in San Francisco in 1996, the posters were allocated to monthly posters. When it came down to the last month of the partnership, the "Godfather of Soul" was billed to play. I felt the fact that he was just another name on the monthly poster was a travesty! Here was an opportunity I couldn't pass up, so I offered to produce a poster that was fitting for the "Hardest working man in show business"! I teamed up with the awesome rock artist Jim Phillips and went t'work designing this "Poster From The Past". It was a bold over-sized piece on a heavier stock than usual with a likeness of the man while in his prime! It was sort of a dream come true for me as I finally was in the position to take part in creating a Family Dog poster. Even if it was the last one!

It was 22 years ago on this day back in 1996 that James Brown and his Soul Generals (28 of them!) played the Maritime Hall here in San Francisco. In the dining hall prior to the show, I gave each and everyone of the "Generals" a signed poster and in return, they all signed one for me including James Brown as well! A real treasure that hangs here in "Posterville".
I still have a stack of them here in the archives that are available at a "Real Bargain" if you're a fan.

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Professor PosterTuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 7:23pm
During the time that the Carousel Ballroom's doors were open for just several short months, a few events took place that were somewhat off the grid. One of which was 50 years ago on this day, the ides of May, back in 1968! That evening the Hell's Angels held one of their infamous and notorious dance/concerts featuring the music of Big Brother and the Holding Company along with the Youngbloods and Rejoice. Light show provided by the Brotherhood of Lights. Was a very cool night of winged-skulls, motorcycles, leather jackets and a lot of great music all for the price of just a DOLLAR at the door! Not exactly sure of the artist but my guess is that it might have been a Hell's Angel club member named Gut. This "Poster From The Past" was printed just one time, and is near impossible to find!.

Grab your helmet and Share with a friend!
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Professor Poster added 2 new photos.Tuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 4:15pm
Smooth Sailing on your Final journey.... RIP Tom Wolfe

.... Professor Poster
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Professor PosterTuesday, May 15th, 2018 at 3:16pm
One of my favorites from the One and Only...... "GROUCHO"!
"You can learn a lot from Lydia".....

Listen to her story......

.... Professor Poster