Captain Beefheart – Signed 1977 Paris Concert Poster, with Trout Mask Replica Artwork

A beautiful concert poster advertising a 1977 Paris concert by Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, boldly signed on the front by Beefheart.

Beefheart signed the poster, with artwork based on the Trout Mask Replica album cover, for Warner Bros. Records publicity head Bob Merlis.  As usual Beefheart signed using his legal name, Don Van Vliet.  The huge inscription/signature measures 11″ across.  Recordmecca’s Jeff Gold is a former Executive Vice President/General Manager of Warner Bros. Records, and obtained this directly from his former co-worker.

From the Captain Beefheart Radar Station Website: On the 19 November 1977 Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band played a gig, Fete du P.S.U, at Le Nouvel Hippodrome, in Paris. This was a two-day music festival in aid of the French National Socialist Party. An audience of about 10,000 under a big top! Other acts included Buffy St Marie, David Allen’s Gong, Tim Blake’s Crystal Machine, Tania Maria and the Mike Westbrook Orchestra.  The Hippodrome de Pantin, Le Nouvel Hippodrome, was a permanent circus located in the Parc de la Villette, near the Porte de Pantin metro station in the north-east of Paris.  This was the only performance by the band in UK or Europe between November 1975 and October 1980.

Soon after the concert, Beefheart told Melody Maker:

This band is so good – the best I have ever had!…The gig we played in Paris was monstrous. It was three days ago, but I haven’t slept since – it was so good! And my voice, well, I can still feel that show in my voice. It hit me so hard I am down to three octaves …. I couldn’t get over the way the audience was singing along with it, singing the words back at me in English – and I don’t speak a word of French.  This group, I tell you, I couldn’t believe that there were such nice people still around on this earth. True, they are playing what I have written, but they really are playing. This band is moving so fast that very soon I won’t have to tell them anything. I really must say: this band is the best ….

Read more about this show at the Captain Beefheart Radar Station site.

The poster measures 23 1/2″ x 34 1/4″ and in overall excellent condition.  Printed on thin paper and originally machine folded in eighths, we have had it archivally linen backed; the folds are now near unnoticeable, other than some minor ink loss along the fold lines.  A few small edge tears and scuffs are likewise barely noticeable.

Only the second example of this rare poster we’ve offered, and the first signed one.  With Recordmecca’s written lifetime guarantee of authenticity.


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