Velvet Underground – Sterling Morrison-Owned 1967 Boston Tea Party Handbill / 1st Show without Nico

From the collection of Velvet Underground guitarist Sterling Morrison, a scarce handbill advertising two shows by ‘Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground’ at the Boston Tea Party, on May 26 & 27, 1967.

These were the band’s first performances at a venue that would become a home base of sorts for the Velvets.  The sometimes unreliable Nico was supposed to perform with the group, but didn’t show up until the end of the second show, and the band refused to allow her on stage, and she was fired soon afterward.  It’s possible the decision to part with Nico had been made before the show, as the handbills were originally printed billing the group as ‘Nico and the Velvet Underground,’ and then overprinted with a black fish-like shape covering up ‘Nico and the.’

This handbill comes from the legendary collection of Velvets guitarist Sterling Morrison, and has his archive stamp and handwritten notations on the back.  Included is Morrison’s handwritten index card with his late 80s/early 90s details about the handbill, and its then insurance value. Morrison’s mention of ‘A second handbill’ references a different handbill for these shows.

We acquired this from Morrison’s widow Martha, whose signed letter of authenticity is included, as is Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

8 1/2″ x 11,” in excellent condition, with pinholes in the corners and a small bit of paper missing to the top left edge, all on the border and not affecting the image.

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