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Electric Flag Handbill

Fillmore West (San Francisco, CA) Jul 9, 1968 (BG128-HB)

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Performers:

  • Electric Flag
  • Buddy Guy
  • Freddie King
  • Blue Cheer
  • Ike & Tina Turner
  • Holy See
 
  • Tour/Show: 1968 Blues Bash
  • Artist:
    • Lee Conklin
  • Date: Jul 9, 1968 -
    Jul 14, 1968
  • Venue: Fillmore West (San Francisco, CA)
  • Size: 4 5/8" x 6 15/16"
  • Price: $58.00
  • Members: $52.20
 
1st Printing $58 $52.20
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Description

The Blues Bash, featuring two different bills splitting six days evenly, was represented in Conklin's symmetrical, twin satyr poster. The satyr figure is unusual; the business end here is human, a reversal of the usual construction. Ike and Tina Turner made an appearance at the Fillmore West at this Bash.

The handbill measures 4 5/8" x 6 15/16" and displays a calendar of upcoming Bill Graham events on the reverse. It was printed before the concert.

There were also some pre-concert double-sized mailers printed that were conjoined with the BG127 image (see BG127/128). They measure 4 5/8" x 14 1/4".

Concert promoters created handbill versions of many of their posters and used them as sidewalk handouts and dashboard fliers to promote upcoming shows. Many of the handbills are double-sided, with poster art on one side and a calendar of upcoming shows on the other. These handbills represent an important element of rock concert history because they were hands-on marketing tools that united promoter and patron.