Grateful Dead Handbill
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Grateful Dead Handbill

  • 1st Printing $185 $185 $0
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DATE:
  • Oct 21, 1966 - Oct 23, 1966
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  • 5 3/16" x 8"

A neatly constrained design reminiscent of BG030 characterizes this poster headlining The Grateful Dead, who were still largely a local group. Offering mixed fare, big-draw Lightnin' Hopkins brought blues to the table.

Print Variations

The handbill was printed once before the concert and measures 5 3/16" x 8". It was printed on two different stocks, one more porous and coarse than the other, though both are .0085" thick, and both are original printings.

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.