Quicksilver Messenger Service – The Wailers – First Printing BG-11 Fillmore Poster

A beautiful first printing of BG-11, the poster advertising the Wailers and Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco in June, 1966; in near mint minus condition. Designed by the legendary Wes Wilson, who invented the psychedelic concert poster, this is the first printing, designated by Eric King in his guide as BG-11-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 sometimes folded them to fit in his famous trench-coat; this was one of those and was originally folded in thirds–but it has laid flat since the show and the creases are barely noticeable; this will frame virtually mint. 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. 14' x 20 1/64'.

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