Lot #4129
Grateful Dead and Santana Iconic 1968 Fillmore West (BG 134) Poster

Iconic BGP 134 original first printing poster actually used to advertise concert
 
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Estimate: $5000+

Description

Iconic BGP 134 original first printing poster actually used to advertise concert

Sought-after 14 x 21 original first printing poster for a series of concerts presented by Bill Graham (BG 134) at Fillmore West in San Francisco between August 27 and September 1, 1968, which features performances by Santana, the Grateful Dead, Steppenwolf, Staple Singers, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Sons of Champlin, and lights by Holy See. The poster’s snarling ‘lion's head’ art design by Lee Conklin features two human faces and a native woman. In very good to fine condition, with pin holes to corners, a short edge tear and a slight surface tear to upper right, light creasing, and some instances of discoloration to the reverse side from being hung on the streets of San Francisco.

Santana was so taken with Conklin's poster design that they asked the artist to redraw the picture for the album cover of their self-titled debut; this lion imagery has since become permanently associated with the music of Santana. Although Bill Graham preferred color posters to advertise his concerts, BG 134 was so powerful in its original pen and ink that it was sent to press in its original state.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Marvels of Modern Music
  • Dates: #621 - Ended November 18, 2021