Grateful Dead – C. Berry – BG-55 First Printing Fillmore Poster
Here is a bright and beautiful first printing BG-55 Poster, advertising Chuck Berry, the Grateful Dead and Johnny Talbot and De Thangs at the Fillmore Auditorium in March 1967. This beauty has never been exposed to light or hung, and is in stone mint condition! This has the "Printed by West Coast Lithograph Co." notation on the right edge. There is a tiny white circle probably caused by an ink bubble near the top right corner, but this is otherwise flawless ! Great artwork by Wes Wilson; approximately 13 1/2" x 20 1/2". As nice a copy as you could ever hope to find. This poster comes the collection of the late Ralph J. Gleason (1917-1975;) one of the most influential jazz and pop music critics of all time. He was a central figure in the San Francisco rock scene, helped organize the Monterey Pop Festival, and co-founded Rolling Stone magazine. Bill Graham himself credited Gleason with suggesting the Fillmore Auditorium to him as a site for concerts, while the Family Dog met with Gleason at his home to discuss their idea to stage dance concerts, prior to their first show at the Longshoreman's Hall. This is a rare opportunity to obtain a poster from the personal collection of one of the key figures of the San Francisco Scene. On request, we will gladly provide a certificate of authenticity stating that this poster came from the Ralph J. Gleason Collection.
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