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    Posted 10 years ago

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    Wes Wilson has the distinction of being both the first poster artist for Family Dog concerts at San Francisco's Avalon Ballroom and one of the first poster artists for Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium. He also did the poster for the Beatles' last concert at Candlestick Park.

    This postcard based on a poster created for three concerts at the end of October 1966 features a very Jugendstil school of Art Nouveau portrait on the left, with band names and dates on the right. Captain Beefheart's name is spelled wrong (Wilson inked it in by hand as "Beefhart"), but with supporting acts like Chocolate Watch Band and The Great Pumpkin, it's hard to let a little detail like that ruin one's enjoyment of this glorious image. I'm not the only one who thinks this is one of Wilson's best: the poster version of this postcard was featured in the Smithsonian's publication and exhibition entitled "20th Century American Posters."

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    1. TallerThanNapoloen, 10 years ago
      That's superb. You don't have an Incredible String Band Fillmore postcard do you?
    2. fortapache fortapache, 6 years ago
      I'm a huge Captain Beefheart fan. Knew this was a Belltown post at first glance.

      Fast and bulbous!
    3. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
      hey fortapache - i love capt'n beefheart too! as well as canned heat, big brother and the holding company, the incredible string band, country joe, moby grape and all those great california bands of the 60s!

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