Grateful Dead & Jefferson Airplane BG-17 First Printing Fillmore Poster, From Ralph J. Gleason Collection
A beautiful first printing of BG-17, the Fillmore poster for the Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, with artwork by the great Wes Wilson. This poster is superb condition; it has a pair of tiny staple holes in each of the top corners and a long flattened horizontal crease down the middle from when it was folded in half to carry home by it’s previous owner, Ralph J. Gleason (see below), but otherwise would be near mint. This is a very fresh example of this poster; it has been stored in a stack of posters since the show, and has never been exposed to prolonged sunlight. 13 7/8” x 20 3/64”.
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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