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Sore Thumb, Alton Kelley, 1968

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Here's one of my holy grail images, an Alton Kelley poster (this is the 5x7-inch card) for a Jefferson Airplane/Grateful Dead show at the Carousel Ballroom in San Francisco, March 15-17, 1968. For a brief period, the Dead and Airplane ran this place, or tried to, but by the fall Bill Graham had moved the Fillmore shows here, renaming it Fillmore West.

You can listen to a stream of the 3/16/68 show here:

These are scans, so the thumb, which was collaged onto Kelley's drawn background, looks a bit wonky. I also scanned the back so you can see how the ink has bled through the paper a bit, especially at the top. This is common with these images since they were printed on fairly thin and fragile paper.

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