The Velvet Underground Handbill
The Velvet Underground Handbill
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The Velvet Underground Handbill

  • 1st Printing C $1,485 $1,485 $0
  • 1st Printing E $1,678 $1,678 $0
  • 1st Printing C $1,485 $1,485 $0
  • 1st Printing E $1,678 $1,678 $0
LIGHT SHOW:
Item Number:
  • BG008-HB
ARTIST:
DATE:
  • May 27, 1966 - May 29, 1966
VENUE:
SIZE:
  • 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Bill Graham's early concerts were "events" and BG008 is an excellent example of the unusual fare. Top billing was Andy Warhol and his Plastic Inevitable, with the Velvet Underground and Nico "Pop Girl of '66." The show was an amazing, kinetic rock event with vocals, keyboard and dance projected on the wall in strobe light fractured frames. The Mothers rounded out the evening.

Print Variations

All the handbills were printed before the show and measure 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".

The 1st printing A is black ink on bright pink paper. A Los Angeles Times review of a previous show is on the back.

The 1st printing B is also on bright pink paper, but it has a blank back.

The 1st printing C is on pale pink paper with the Los Angeles Times review on the back.

The 1st printing D is on pale green paper with the Los Angeles Times review on the back.

The 1st printing E is on tan/yellow paper with the Los Angeles Times review on the back.

The 1st printing F is on pale yellow paper with the Los Angeles Times review on the back.

About Wes Wilson

When the Avalon Ballroom and Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium began to hold weekly dance concerts, Wilson was called upon to design the posters. He created psychedelic posters from February 1966 to May 1967, when disputes over money severed his connection with Graham. Wilson pioneered the psychedelic rock poster. Intended for a particular audience, "one that was tuned in to the psychedelic experience," his art, and especially the exaggerated freehand lettering, emerged from Wilson's own involvement with that experience and the psychedelic art of light shows.