The famous Santana Lion sprang from Lee Conklin's fortuitous combination of a doobie break and a child's animal picture book. From that vision came the African priestess and the king of beasts image, combined in Conklin's signature, complicated style. Santana was so taken with the poster that they asked the artist to redraw the picture for their first album cover, and the lion and Santana became permanently linked in aficionados' minds. Although Bill Graham preferred color posters to advertise his concerts, BG134 was so powerful in its original pen and ink it, was sent to press that way.
The 1st printing poster (see BG134) is on uncoated index and does not display a "W" after the ticket outlets strip as seen in the reprint. It measures 14 1/8" x 21 1/8" and was printed before the concert.
The 2nd printing (see BG134) is on slick glossy stock and has a white "W" etched into the poster at the end of the ticket outlets strip after the word "Music". It measures 14 1/8" x 21" and was printed after the concert.
In 1988, CBS/Sony reprinted the poster on thin uncoated index. A CBS/Sony Records logo is displayed in the lower left corner and "BG#134 reprinted 1988 by permission of Bill Graham Presents Archives / © B. Graham" in the lower right corner below the ticket outlet strip. This printing is much larger, measuring 23 1/2" x 33".
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