Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Quicksilver – First Printing FD-3 Family Dog/Fillmore Poster

A beautiful first printing of FD-3, the extremely rare poster advertising the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Fillmore Auditorium in March, 1966; in near mint minus condition. While this dance concert was promoted by The Family Dog, it pre-dates their lease on the Avalon Ballroom, and took place at the Fillmore. Designed by Wes Wilson, inventor of the psychedelic concert poster, this is the original pre-concert first printing, designated by Eric King in his guide as FD-3-OP-1. 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. Gleason obtained these posters at the Fillmore after shows, and took them home, storing them carefully in his archive. This poster is extremely clean, with a single pinhole in each corner, two almost impossible to see tiny spots of foxing along the right edge, and a faint 1' crease along the left edge. Otherwise it's bright and unfaded and bold as the day it was printed. 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. 13 61/64' x 19 31/32'.

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