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The Band – Original “Stage Fright” Album Artwork Photograph by Norman Seeff

A stunning original photograph of The Band, taken in 1969 for their album Stage Fright, and used on the album’s wrap around poster.  We acquired this vintage print from a former Capitol Records executive who worked on The Band’s A Musical History box set.

Rolling Stone wrote about this photograph “After (art director Bob) Cato assigned him to shoot liner-note art for The Band’s Stage Fright album in 1969 – his first big gig – Seeff got lost on the way to Woodstock and arrived an hour late. “By the time I’m there, the band is really pissed off,” he recalls. Because he couldn’t afford to buy more film, the session only lasted an hour. When he turned his photo in to Cato, he was so embarrassed, he simply pushed it under the door and left.  Two weeks later, Cato called back and said the photo was going to become a wrap-around poster. “And suddenly I have an image in every bar in town. Every club. Every record store,” says Seeff.

This high gloss print measures 15″ x 20″, and has two Norman Seeff studio stamps on the reverse.  In excellent condition, with two very minor creased areas, both barely noticeable (one in the right hand window panes, the other in Garth Hudson’s pants).  This will frame beautifully.  (Note: album shown for reference only and not included).

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