Jefferson Airplane – Charlatans – Great Society – Tribute To Dr. Strange Handbill

An extremely rare handbill for "A Tribute To Dr. Strange," the first San Francisco dance-concert ever (and the first event staged by The Family Dog.) In 1965, the city of San Francisco was trying to crack down on concerts, and so Jefferson Airplane members Marty Balin and Signe Anderson teamed up with the Family Dog collective to stage 3 "permitted" dance concerts at the city's Longshoreman's Hall. This historic handbill advertises the first. Joining the Airplane were The Charlatans, The Marbles and the Great Society (featuring future Airplane singer Grace Slick.) The artwork was by Family Dog member Alton Kelley. Furthermore, this handbill comes the collection of the late Ralph J. Gleason (1917-1975;) one of the most influential jazz and pop music critics of all time. The Family Dog met with Gleason at his home to discuss their idea to stage dance concerts, prior to this first show. 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. This is a rare opportunity to obtain a very scarce handbill from the personal collection of one of the key figures of the San Francisco Scene, and someone involved in this historic event. 8 1/2" x 11," in overall excellent condition, with some light creasing and a 1/8" edge tear on the right side. On request, we will gladly provide a certificate of authenticity stating that this comes from the Ralph J. Gleason Collection.

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