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Them (Van Morrison) & Love – 1966 Bay Area Boxing-Style Concert Poster

An extraordinary boxing-style concert poster advertising a show by Them (with Van Morrison,) Love, Ian Whitcomb, William Penn & His Pals and The Weeds at the Santa Rosa, California Veteran’s Building, on September 4, 1966.

This is one of the most appealing 1960’s posters we’ve seen, for a number of reasons.  First, the design is classic boxing-style, with very bold type and photographs of the key bands.  All three headliners are pictured, and each artist’s key songs are listed–for Them, “Gloria,” “Mystic Eyes” and “Baby Please Don’t Go;” for Love, “My Little Red Book” and “Seven And Seven Is” (sp) and Ian Whitcomb’s “You Turn Me On.”  We can recall no other 60’s posters with photographs of either Them or Love.  In addition, the lineup includes two legendary Bay Area garage rock bands–William Penn and His Pals (which at various times included future Grateful Dead drummer Micky Hart and future Santana vocalist and keyboardist Greg Rolie) and The Weeds.

This poster, printed by Tilghman Press of Oakland, was water damaged when we acquired it, and has been extensively and beautifully restored to virtually mint condition.  The restoration included cleaning and soft mounting it to an archival board backing, and retouching with watercolor, colored pencil and airbrush.  Most of this restoration is undetectable, but we always disclose any restoration.  We know of only one other example of this poster, which is in very poor condition.  A truly superb 1960’s garage rock band artifact.

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