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Professor PosterWednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 7:22pm
The central image on this “Poster from the Past” by Rock Artist David Singer, is a collage of a staircase in front of the moon behind which is a forest scene. A small bright glob sits on one of the steps. Another of the artist’s favorite symbols is the staircase. As with the Archway, it is a symbol of moving to another plain, a higher plain in a spiritual sense. The moon is also a frequent image in David’s artwork as well.

It was 50 years ago on this date that John Mayall, Mother Earth and the New York Rock ’n Roll Ensemble played their last night at the Fillmore West. The following three days and nights, the concerts were supposed to move over to Golden Gate Park and Kezar Stadium with The Wild West Festival, which was abruptly canceled. And so instead,, for three more nights at Fillmore West the music continued with on Friday Aug. 22 saw Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Youngbloods, Ace Of Cups, Womb, The Fourth Way and The Committee, Sat. Aug. 23 it was The Jefferson Airplane, Aum and Los Flamencos De Santa Lucia. and finally on Sun. Aug. 24 Country Joe & The Fish, It's A Beautiful Day and The Sons Of Champlin. These were especially GREAT shows because the audiences were enthusiastic about the festival atmosphere.
No posters were circulated however to commemorate those three magical nights…. Too bad!

Here is a link with some excellent information about the Wild West Festival and it's conception and ultimate cancellation.

This is BG Fillmore poster number 188 in the series which was printed only once.

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Professor PosterWednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 1:41pm
This is one of a series of four Artist Rights Today posters that were produced for shows from 1986 to 1989. Artists Rights Today, or A.R.T., was a short-lived project to try to legally acquire the copyrights that many poster artists had signed away in the 60s. Among others, they wanted back the rights to the old Avalon Ballroom and Family Dog dance-hall posters. It is indeed unfortunate that they lost this legal battle. In most cases they originally sold away the rights to their artwork for just a hundred dollars per poster! Now a days it's difficult to find many of the posters for that price. All four of the A.R.T. posters were printed in two ways—as a numbered edition of 350 silk screens signed by the five artists, and in a lithographed edition that was not signed. The artwork for these posters was sent around to each participating artist and is considered a collaborative effort by all of the Big Five Masters of Master of psychedelic posters .....Victor Moscoso, Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley, Wes Wilson and Stanley Mouse. These posters can still be found fairly easily and at a reasonable price as well. The actual signatures can be seen below the printed ones at the bottom of this poster.

It was 33 years ago on this day back in 1986, Artist Rights Today with Jesse Colin Young, Zulu Spear, Sal Valentino, Annie Sampson, Scott Mathews, John Blakeley, Maria & Jenny Muldaur, James Gurley, Richard Olson, Billy Roberts, John Cipollina, Nick Gravenites, Greg Elmore, Doug Killmer and Will Durst. All of this and more for a $10 donation at the door of Club 9, Right here in San Francisco. These were great shows which I attended!

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Professor PosterWednesday, August 21st, 2019 at 3:37am
Celebrating 50 years of Woodstock with the "Prof"! 😉
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Professor PosterTuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 7:32pm
The Young Rascals appear remarkably fresh and wholesome looking in this appearance with Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Fillmore Auditorium here in San Francisco on this "Poster From The Past". The familiar style of lettering and poster style is attributed to the Big Five master Rock artist Wes Wilson. The colors really make this piece stand out in a cool psychedelic way. The credit for the photography remains unknown. This poster was late in circulation due to the fact that Wes Wilson's wife was having a baby that week!
It was on this day 53 years ago (ouch) on this day back in 1966, that these two nights of concerts were taking place. This is Fillmore number #24 in the old series of posters. Both the poster as well as the handbill/card were printed a total of three times each
Here's one of the Rascals Big Hits..... Remember this one?

Share this one with your favorite Rascal friends!
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Professor PosterTuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 3:17pm
On this "Poster From The Psst", the central image is four slightly out of round shapes that are holding the names of the lead acts on the bill. While the art resembles the work of another one of the famous Fillmore artists, Bonnie MacLean..... this is actually one of the half dozen posters that rock artist Jim Blashfield did for Bill Graham during the same period. Love the color combo on this one! It is BG Fillmore poster number #78 and was printed only once.

It was 52 years ago during this week back in 1967 that the music didn't stop. With all of the talent on this poster, the Fillmore Auditorium was rock'in with artists such as Chuck Berry, Charles Lloyd Steve Miller, the Young Rascals, Hair, and finally Cpunt Basie and His Orchestra. Bill Graham was known to put together diverse selections of bands and sounds on the same bill.

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Professor PosterTuesday, August 20th, 2019 at 1:16pm
Born on this day August 20, 1948 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England, and widely considered to be one of the greatest lead vocalists in Rock history for over fifty years. Founding member, songwriter and harp player for Led Zeppelin. Robert (Anthony) Plant celebrates his 71st birthday.

Here's one of my favorite remakes he did with the Honeydrippers!

Here's a Fantastic shot of him in his Prime! ...You Like?

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Professor PosterMonday, August 19th, 2019 at 8:56pm
A visit from "Frankenstein" is front and center on this "Poster From The Past". This is the Classic Family Dog poster number
#22 in their series. The Grateful Dead at this point in time had not yet found their iconic logo and the artists of this piece, Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley were still looking for possible images that might serve that purpose. The Frankenstein Monster seemed like a good possibility but still not quite right. Another notable mention about this poster is that the word "Greatful" is misspelled in the name "Grateful Dead". I made a point about discussing this issue with both of the artists over the years to find out what the actual story was all about regarding that fough-paw. After lengthy conversations with each one separately they each pretty much pointed their finger at the other and smiled. Personally, I think a BIG FAT JOINT smoked at the time of conception was to blame! Neither one of them ever disputed my deductions either! It is for that reason that to this day, this poster has been nick-named and dubbed the "Stoned-Stupid Poster"!

It was 53 years ago (already!?!) on this date back in 1966, that the Grateful (Greatful) Dead and the Sopwith Camel began two nights of concerts at the Avalon Ballroom here in the happening city of San Francisco! Light Show that covered the walls was by Bill Ham & company. This poster had three authorized printings and three pirate printings... last one as late as 1999. Mouse and Kelley's signatures can clearly be seen at the bottom of the poster!

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Professor PosterMonday, August 19th, 2019 at 3:20pm
It was 55 years ago it all began with the Fab Four's first go around!
Although they had performed shows in New York, Washington DC and Miami in February 1964, THIS was The Beatles' first proper tour of America.
The tour began with a show here at the Cow Palace, here in San Francisco, California. The Beatles performed 12 songs: Twist And Shout, You Can't Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can't Buy Me Love, If I Fell, I Want To Hold Your Hand, Boys, A Hard Day's Night and Long Tall Sally. (Long Tall Sally was the last song Paul played at the LAST concert at Candlestick Park before it was torn down)
All 17,130 tickets sold out, and the venue was almost full by 7pm, an hour prior to The Beatles' set. Gate receipts amounted to $91,670. Of this the boys took away $47,600 gross.
The other acts on the bill, and throughout the tour, were, in order of appearance, The Bill Black Combo, The Exciters, The Righteous Brothers and Jackie DeShannon. Showtime was 8pm, and The Beatles took to the stage at 9.20pm wearing dark blue suits.
The Cow Palace performance lasted just 29 minutes, and was stopped twice due to the numbers of jelly beans being thrown at The Beatles. Afterwards they were transported by ambulance (their limousine was besieged by Beatles' fans) to the airport and on to their next concert in Las Vegas.

.... Professor Poster

Here was part of the day!
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Professor PosterSunday, August 18th, 2019 at 7:15pm
This "Poster From The Past" is several shades of brown on a beige background. The central image is a man standing and woman kneeling next to an old Victrola. The man is "Big Daddy" Tom Donahue who was a prominent underground disc jockey during the 1960's. I believe the girl ion the poster is his actual wife Rachael. At the time of the concerts one and later another radio station in San Francisco began catering to the counterculture by playing a wide variety of music not found on top 40 radio stations. Tom Donahue was one of the leading disc jockeys in the movement to broaden the playlist of material available to the listeners. He is most remembered for his work at KMPX and KSAN....Jive 95. He died of a heart attack on April 28, 1975, at the age of 46. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 as a non-performer, one of only three disc jockeys to receive that honor. I worked at KSAN as a intern for DJ Norman Davis during the Midnight to 6AM shift back during those crazy days. What a trip that was!

It was on this day of August 51 years ago back in 1968 that Bill Haley and the Comets along with the Drifters and The Flam'in Groovies were finishing up their three nights of Rock'in at the Avalon Ballroom here in the City by the Bay. This is Family Dog poster number #133 entitled "Anyone Can Be A Star". It was printed only once and is slightly longer than the standard poster by a couple of inches. The poster is credited to "Charlatan" and Rock Artist.... George Hunter and Jerry Wainright.

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Professor PosterSunday, August 18th, 2019 at 2:33pm
On this seventh anniversary of Scott McKenzie's passing over into the Great Beyond...
San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) is a song, written by John Phillips of The Mamas & the Papas, and sung by Scott McKenzie. It was written and released in June 1967 to promote the Monterey Pop Festival. Here is the "Poster From The Past" from 51 years ago for the show at the Hollywood Bowl. Jimi Hendrix taking second billing to the Mamas and the Papas. That didn't last much longer! It's funny just how some of these music stars from our past just seemed to mix and mingle. This bill/gig certainly made for some interesting bedfellows!

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Professor PosterSaturday, August 17th, 2019 at 11:17pm
The central image on this "Poster From The Past" is a drawing of human figures, horses' heads and trees. The border is made up of marijuana leaves. How nice!
It was 52 years ago on this day, back in 1967, that Quicksilver Messenger Service, along with The Other Half and Melvin Q. Watchpocket, played their fine musical sets at the Avalon Ballroom, right here in our fair city of San Francisco.
This is Family Dog poster number #76 entitled "High-Yo-Silver", It is one of the two posters that rock artist Jack Hatfield ever did for the Dog. Printed only once. The picture seen here of the poster certainly does not do it justice as the color of silver isn't seen to it's fullest. In person, it is much more shiny bright and brilliant.

Just the same, totally worth Sharing!
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Professor PosterFriday, August 16th, 2019 at 7:26pm
The always pleasing posters from the Grateful Dead never cease to amaze and this is by no means an exception. This event and favorite "Poster From The Past" of many took place 32 years ago on this day back in 1987. The Grateful Dead at Telluride Town Park, in Colorado. This venue offered, and still does, great camping facilities with all sorts of other amenities for amusement including softball fields, a frisbee golf course, sand volleyball courts, a skate park, soccer fields, a public outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, horseshoe pits, kid's fishing pond, Imagination Station playground, basketball courts and more. Sounds like a one stop spot for vacationing. And with concerts like this one, all the better! This memorable rock poster resembling a portrait of Butch Cassidy's "Wild Bunch" without flesh was created by Steve Johannsen.

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Professor PosterFriday, August 16th, 2019 at 4:20pm
"Gotta find me an angel, to fly away with me.
Gotta find me an angel, ooh and set me free."

Rest in Peace Aretha. ❤️ Gone just one year now. :'(
You're a Queen and an Angel who brought us heart and soul and music to last forever.

Artwork by Peter Max

..... Professor Poster
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Professor PosterFriday, August 16th, 2019 at 1:48pm
It was 42 years ago on August 16th,1977 that Elvis left the building for the last time. The world was a better place with him in it! Really, what more can be said about the "King" that hasn't been said?
He is missed and loved by a sea of humanity! (Y) <3.

.... Professor Poster
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Professor PosterFriday, August 16th, 2019 at 1:32pm
Here is a Beautiful "Poster for the Present" that was designed for the 45th Anniversary of Woodstock. It was created by my old Poster-pal and legendary rock artist from the Great North West.... Bob Masse Studios, which features his classic style and includes a very famous image taken from the stage of John Sebastian during his set. Bob also designed the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock Poster and the Heroes of Woodstock Tour poster the same year.
Check out his FB page t'see more of his truly fine work!
Worth the visit! (Y)

.......... Professor Poster
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Professor PosterThursday, August 15th, 2019 at 8:23pm
The Family Dog On The Great Highway (FDGH) opened on June 13, 1969 with the Jefferson Airplane. The site was at one time the Edgewater Ballroom, then a Roller Skating rink and later on a model slot-car track, part of the "Playland At The Beach's" amusement park complex here in S.F. Despite the dominance of the Fillmore West, many fine bands played the smaller FDGH in the Summer of 1969. However, after a "strike" involving Light Show operators that August, the Family Dog was once again in dire financial straits. While the Family Dog continued to put on shows in their ballroom throughout the balance of the year, the fine posters advertising the events were rarely produced.
By the end of 1969, The Family Dog On The Great Highway was producing regular shows which continued through August of 1970. Unfortunately, mostly handbills and the "Hip" radio stations were used to advertise and promote the shows. Posters were too expensive to produce.

Going back 50 years ago, on this day in 1969, "Magic At the Edge of the Western World" took place with Taj Mahal, Devil's Kitchen, Mike Bloomfield Band, Nick Gravenites, and Southern Comfort at the Family Dog's new real home away from the Avalon Ballroom. The only thing greater than the music that came outta that place was the thunderous sounds of the breaking waves directly across the street from the Mighty Pacific Ocean!
This "Poster From The Past" is one of my personal favorites of the very few posters that were done from that venue. It really captures the spirit of the place. I have always wondered who the artist was…. Alas, the answer to that remains unknown to this day..... and may be part of the reason that it lacks the standard Family Dog Logo with the Indian Chief on it.
You'll need to click the pic to see the full image. (Y)

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