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Simon & Garfunkel – Berkeley 1966 Concert Poster

An extremely rare concert poster for a May, 1966 show by Simon & Garfunkel at the Berkeley Community Theater. The simple and elegant design, featuring a photograph of the duo, is unusual and striking. It measures 17″ x 11″, is printed on card stock, and is in near mint condition, with extremely small staple holes in the four corners and two flattened creases that have been rendered virtually unnoticeable with some expert restoration. This poster was originally owned by Ralph J. Gleason (1917-1975;) one of the most influential music critics of all time. A central figure in the San Francisco rock scene, he 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. When the organizers of the Monterey Pop Festival had trouble recruiting the San Francisco bands, they turned to Gleason and Bill Graham, who were able to convince the major acts to come on board. We purchased this and the rest of Gleason’s poster collection directly from his family.

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