Rick Griffin – Original Book Cover Psychedelic Artwork

Rick Griffin’s original hand-made mockup for the cover of the 1985 book “San Francisco Nights: The Psychedelic Music Trip 1964-1969.” At the request of authors Gene Sculatti and Davin Seay, Griffin created this artwork, which is very close to the finished book’s cover.  On this mockup, Griffin drew in ink, marker and paint pen on two taped-together pages (working over a copy of an earlier, sketched out version.)  In his letter of authenticity, co-author Davin Seay notes having interviewed Griffin prior to the book, and that “Rick was a natural choice to provide the cover art for ‘San Francisco Nights,’ especially given the fact that he had done numerous posters for Charlatans concerts and gene and I wanted the Charlatans on the cover (which they are.)  Rick graciously assented…and what you have is the hand done board he submitted to us.  As I remember we asked him to tweak a few elements…but suffice to say, we were thrilled with the result.”  The mockup measures 10” x 13 ¾” and is in excellent condition, with one flattened horizontal fold.  Included is a finished copy of “San Francisco Nights” featuring Griffin’s cover artwork, and a signed letter of authenticity from co-author Davin Seay.

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