prof

Professor  Poster
Professor PosterMonday, January 15th, 2018 at 2:36pm
This is yet one more seldom seen "Poster From The Past" for the Human Be-In. This one features Allen Ginsberg as the central image surrounded by the Hippies, Heads and Flower Children from the times. I don't believe that this was one of the "official" pieces for the event, and am unsure of the artist that did this one. I'm sure it was printed up shortly after the fact. Never-the-less, it captures the flavor of the day. For more about that day and other posters, check out my page!

..... Professor Poster
Professor  Poster
Professor PosterMonday, January 15th, 2018 at 2:29pm
Here is a very early and scarce half sized handbill that circulated over a month before the Avalon Ballroom opened it's doors or poster series even began! Big Brother and the Holding Company played this "one nighter" to benefit the Open Theater over in Berkeley California. Admission just $2 Bucks at the door. The central image here being what appears to be an Indian Holy man sitting on a bed of nails. (oooch). Feeling no pain his prayer beads are in hand.

This "Poster From The Past" dates back 52 (!!!) years ago to 1966. The Original printers plate for this handbill resides here in "Posterville". The piece was printed only once and despite having the plate, I still haven't been able to round up the printed piece yet. Any help locating one of these elusive handbills would be greatly appreciated. The hunt never seems to end! That's what make this passion of mine so much fun!

Rarity Approved by Professor Poster
Professor  Poster
Professor PosterSunday, January 14th, 2018 at 8:19pm
The Human Be-In, also remembered as The Gathering of the Tribes, was held at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park here in San Francisco over Half Century ago on this day back in 1967, in which the world was invited to join in spiritual togetherness. It is generally considered to be one of the most important events in the hippie/counter culture movement. A prelude to the San Francisco Summer of Love, the gathering promoted key ideas of the counterculture ... personal empowerment, cultural and political decentralization, communal living, ecological awareness, and higher consciousness. Music, dance, and spoken word conveyed these messages. It featured “All S. F. Rock Groups,” including the Grateful Dead, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Country Joe & The Fish, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and a host of others including LSD guru Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Richard Alpert (Ram Dass), Dick Gregory, Lenore Kandel, and Jerry Ruben. Timothy Leary, set the tone for the Human Be-In with his famous phrase "Turn on, Tune in, Drop out."
Several different posters and handbills were made for the event. Although this piece in normally credited to Stanley Mouse, this one was actually a collaboration of Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley, and Michael Bowen. Anyway you look at it, it's a Classic. (Y)

This was another incredible event that helped usher in my involvement in the Hippie movement as a kid of just 16 years. It was a beautiful day in SF. LSD was provided en mass by the legendary chemist Owsley “Bear” Stanley, who was also the sound operator for the Grateful Dead and is the namesake behind the famous Grateful Dead dancing bears. The Diggers provided free food to the crowds, which were estimated as many as 30,000. It was a day I will NEVER forget!

This gathering changed a lot of lives.....
Approved with fond memories by Professor Poster
Professor  Poster
Professor PosterSunday, January 14th, 2018 at 1:23pm
This is one of the few posters that announced the Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In, at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate park in San Francisco on this day 51 years ago back in 1967. This poster was created by the Master Rick Griffin This was actually the second major piece that Rick produced, with the first being a poster for the Psychedelic Shop in Haight - Ashbury. After seeing this poster, Chet Helms of the Family Dog invited Griffin to design posters for the Avalon Ballroom, and the rest is history. Griffin quickly rose in prominence and is considered by many to be one of, if not "THE", finest poster artist of the time.

Your Vibe Attracts your Tribe!
So Approved by Professor Poster
Professor  Poster
Professor PosterSunday, January 14th, 2018 at 1:29am
One year ago the San Francisco Chronicle sent down a crew here to "Posterville" and interviewed me as a attendee and survivor of sorts of the Human Be-In & Gathering of the Tribes that took place in Golden Gate Park over fifty years ago on January 14th 1967.... The article is pretty cool and has a video clip of the "Prof" as well....
Interesting, Entertaining and Educational.... If you didn't see it last year, here it is for your viewing pleasure once again.
Great Memories for me! ...Hope you Enjoy it. (Y)

Cheers from Professor Poster

http://www.sfchronicle.com/music/article/Reliving-the-Human-Be-In-50-years-later-10854785.phpSan Francisco
Professor  Poster
Professor PosterSaturday, January 13th, 2018 at 7:47pm
As well as the fact that this is one of the favorites in the series, so many people have often wondered just who the person is on this "Poster From The Past". The woman is actually Alla Nazimova from the 1923 silent film "Salome". She kneels with the concert billing appearing from her cupped hands. Also at the bottom of the piece is the message alerting the reader that the Family Dog will be at the "Gathering of the Tribes" at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park the following day.

It was 51 (OMG) years ago on this day back in 1967 that Moby Grape, Sparrow (later to become Steppenwolf) and the Amazing CHARLATANs began a two night gig at the Avalon Ballroom here in our City by the Bay. Great light shows provided by Ben Van Meter and Rodger Hillyard.
This is Family Dog poster number #43 in the series created by the "Masters", Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley…. Mouse Studios! It was printed two times.

Share this Beauty with a friend!
Mystically Approved by Professor Poster
Professor  Poster
Professor PosterSaturday, January 13th, 2018 at 1:12pm
With a totally distorted human face as the central image, I always called/knew this "Poster From The Past" as the "Lizardman"! The colors and design graphics on this poster could define it as truly "classic psychedelic". This poster was created by the Master rock artist and father of the lettering style, Wes Wilson. This is BG Fillmore poster number #45 in the original series and was printed four times! In 1986 Wes reprinted this poster in a stunning gold, blue and red. It is substantially larger that the original poster.

It was 51 (already!?) years ago on this day back in 1967 that the last performances for this Incredible show took place at the Fillmore Auditorium. The bill was "Shut yo mouth, Outta Sight"! With the Grateful Dead, Junior Wells and the Doors, nobody went home disappointed. They just don't have shows like this anymore… All this for just $3.00 at the door. And for the Sunday afternoon performance, kids were admitted for FREE! Thanks Uncle Bo-Bo!

Share a "Lizardman" with a friend!
Oh Yeah, Approved with scales by Professor Poster
Professor  Poster
Professor PosterFriday, January 12th, 2018 at 9:27pm
While not in the official Fillmore series, I want to post this to honor and to commemorate the loss of David Bowie just two short years ago. :'(.
This "Poster From The Past" was for the Halloween Weekend at the Winterland Arena, here in San Francisco 46 years ago back in 1972.
This piece was done by the local SF Rock artist Randy Tuten.
Also appearing that night were Sylvester and his Hot Band, and Phlorescent Leech and Eddie. This was printed only once.

.... Professor Poster
Professor  Poster
Professor PosterFriday, January 12th, 2018 at 4:37pm
This awesome "Poster From The Past" is one of the most profoundly "biophilic" ( not to get too technical or wordy, but defined as "a hypothetical human tendency to interact or be closely associated with other forms of life in nature") psychedelic images done in rock art, and for this reason it has been popular from the first day it was posted and circulated.
The central image is a heart shaped design of roots descending into the ground below and branches rising up into the air. There is an opening in the heart from which flow two streams of orange liquid. Upon viewing this image one can recognize the artist's intention was to depict a living entity which he saw in his mind and in his heart as both growing from the soil and nourishing it.
This poster was created by one of the Grand Masters of rock art; Rick Griffin. The lettering and awesome border work is so classically and UN-mistakenly Rick's handy-work. He was a very complex man who, more than most people, confronted a number of serious conflicts about the nature of spirituality through his artwork. A great talent and visionary that we sadly lost far too early. . (RIP August 18,1991) . He is still remembered by way of his art and deeds.

It was 50 (*!*!*!*) years ago on this day back in 1968, that The Quicksilver Messenger Service, Kaleidoscope and Charlie Musselwhite began three nights of Dance/Concertsat the Avalon Ballroom. This is Family Dog poster number #101 in their series entitled "Eternal Reservoir" or "The Source". This poster was printed an incredible FIVE times! Popular? From the first day it hit the streets.....You betta believe it!
I've got a first printing here and available if anyone might be interested .....message me! (Y)

Share one of my favorites with a friend!
Absolutely Approved by Professor Poster
Professor  Poster
Professor PosterThursday, January 11th, 2018 at 9:32pm
A shield shape surrounded by Gothic designs are the central image on this "Poster From The Past". Outside of them are a series of simple geometric forms, rectangles, squares and arches. This is the last poster in this part of the Fillmore series that was done by the lovely rock artist Bonnie MacLean during this period. About two years later she started up again and did several more.

It was 50 checkered years ago on this day back in 1968, that The Chambers Brothers, The Sunshine Company and The Siegel-Schwall Band, began their three nights of dance/concerts at The Fillmore Auditorium. Light show provided by the "Holy See". This is BG Fillmore poster number #102 in the series. It was printed two times.

Simplicity is also Approved by Professor Poster