Jimi Hendrix Experience – Original 1969 US Tour Merchandising Poster, by Gunther Kieser

A rare original Jimi Hendrix Experience concert poster, sold during at Hendrix’s April-May 1969 U.S. tour dates.  This is one of the most sought after images in all of poster collecting, and has a complex history.

Legendary German poster designer Gunther Kieser first created this image to advertise The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s January 1969 German tour.  Two different sizes were produced in small numbers to advertise the 8 shows, and originals are impossibly rare; having sold for prices in excess of $15,000.  A folded concert program version of this same image, printed on both sides, was sold at the German dates as well, and this version too is exceedingly rare.

The image was so popular with Hendrix’s fans that it was decided to produce a version of the poster with an imaginary date and venue (so as not to be confused with the originals) to be sold at Hendrix’s spring 1969 US shows.  These were produced by Darien House, an American poster distributor that had distributed earlier designs by Kieser in the U.S.  The poster offered here is one of those produced for sale at the U.S. shows.

The credit line along the bottom of the image reads: (c) 1969 by Gunther Kieser.  A contemporary poster classic (r) created by Gunter Kieser for Lippman-Rau concerts, distributed exclusively by Darien House Inc. New York City 10023.  Printed in West Germany.

While this poster has been extensively reprinted and bootlegged, this is guaranteed to be an original 1969 Darien House first printing.  25 1/2″ x 35 1/4″.  In excellent condition, with one tiny pinhole in each corner, and some minor edge creasing along the right side. This looks spectacular and will frame beautifully.

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