Bob Dylan / Joan Baez – Original 1965 Concert Poster, by Eric Von Schmidt
A rare and highly sought-after concert poster advertising Bob Dylan and Joan Baez’s February-March 1965 US Tour, with Toulouse-Lautrec inspired artwork by Eric Von Schmidt.
This legendary and often reproduced poster is one of the most scarce and collectible concert posters of all time. Von Schmidt, a close friend of Dylan, and a singer-songwriter and artist, carefully balanced the size, height and names of Baez & Dylan, so neither would appear more prominent than the other. Despite Von Schmidt’s care, evidently Dylan objected to the design, and the poster was only used for one or two dates, and the rest were discarded.
This tour took place just 4 months before Dylan “went electric” at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Its design was unusual for the time, with most posters from the pre-psychedelic era being simple “boxing style” designs, with block type and perhaps a photograph. Like Dylan, this poster was truly ahead of it’s time.
13 1/4″ x 21 1/2″, and in near mint to excellent condition, with a single pinhole to each corner, and an extremely soft bend to the top left corner. (The orange in this poster is prone to fading, with a high percentage of of the surviving copies at least somewhat faded; however this example is unfaded and bright.)
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