Everybody knows the 50th anniversary of 1967’s Summer of Love will take place in 2017, but for us poster freaks, 2016 is even more important, since it marks the 50th anniversary of the psychedelic rock poster, which first appeared on the scene in 1966.
To celebrate this cultural and aesthetic milestone, we’ve commissioned a very special poster by none other than Stanley Mouse. Each 18-by-26-inch, hand-pulled silkscreen, has been printed by Gary Houston at his Voodoo Catbox studio in Portland. Two versions of the poster have been printed—gold on black, black on gold—and each version is limited to a numbered run of only 66 (get it?).
These special posters will be available—first-come, first-served—on Saturday, October 22, at the TRPS Festival of Rock Posters in Golden Gate Park. As usual, all proceeds benefit the TRPS Artist Relief Trust.
We couldn’t be happier with Stanley’s update of the iconic rock ‘n’ roll eyeball, as well as Gary’s fine printing. We hope you enjoy the results as much as we do!
The other day, the San Francisco Chronicle published an article and slideshow on rock posters and our upcoming show, which takes place this Saturday, October 22. For their story, the newspaper interviewed our good pal Chuck Sperry. If you subscribe to the Chronicle and can get around the paywall, go here. Otherwise, check out Chuck’s version here. See you on Saturday!
One of our favorite unofficial traditions of the Festival of Rock Posters is the practice of making custom posters for the show. A few weeks back, we showed off Frank Alan Bella‘s piece. Today, we received an advance look at a collaboration between Wes Wilson and Carolyn Ferris. And there are still two weeks to go!