The Byrds – Loading Zone – BG-82 First Printing Fillmore Poster
Here's a beautiful first and only printing of BG-82, the Fillmore poster for The Byrds, Loading Zone and Spiritual Band (with a photo of the Byrds), with artwork by the great Jim Blashfield. This poster is virtually mint, with only tiny dings in the bottom corners keeping it from being perfect. This is as fresh an example of this poster as you could ever hope to find; it has been stored in a stack of posters since the show, and has never been hung or exposed to prolonged sunlight. 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. 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.
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