When the story of the 1960s psychedelic music scene is told, San Francisco is usually where it begins, middles, and ends. But the scene had important roots, and blossomed, north of the Golden Gate Bridge, in Marin and Sonoma counties.
From December 11, 2016, through April 2, 2017, the History Museum of Sonoma County in Santa Rosa explores this rich legacy with “The Beat Goes On: Peace, Love and Rock & Roll in the North Bay,” which features roughly 50 rock posters related to the North Bay, plus another 30 or so photographs by Herb Greene of the legendary parties at Olompali near Novato. To shine a light on that unique moment in rock history, the museum will host a lecture on January 19, 2017, entitled “Digging Olompali: The Archaeology of the Recent Past” by Breck Parkman, a Senior State Archaeologist with California State Parks, who will talk about what he found in the ruins of the former Burdell Mansion, which was inhabited by the Grateful Dead-affiliated Chosen Family commune until a fire destroyed the structure in 1969.
The musical exodus north began in 1966, when bands like Big Brother and the Holding Company left San Francisco for Marin. For some artists, though, the North Bay was home. The late Dan Hicks of the Charlatans grew up in Santa Rosa, while various incarnations of bands fronted by Bill Champlin were definitely Marin’s favorite sons. And even though San Francisco had the Fillmore and the Avalon, the North Bay had The Barn up in Rio Nido, the Lion’s Share in San Anselmo, the Inn of the Beginning in Cotati, and, of course, the Euphoria, which was later reborn as Pepperland, in San Rafael.
By any measure, this has been a rough November. So apologies for piling on, after Leonard and Leon and Mose, but Godspeed Sharon Jones.
Thank you to all the fine folks who joined us for Festival of Rock Posters at Hall of Flowers (San Francisco County Fair Building) this past Saturday, October 22, 2016 in Golden Gate Park. It was a grand time celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the psychedelic rock poster, and experiencing how this art form has remained relevant, especially in the digital age.
This year we saw record attendance, with our Artist Relief Trust posters by the legendary Stanley Mouse selling out within an hour of opening. This silkscreen poster is extra special because all proceeds from the sale go directly to benefit an artist in need. Thank you for your support. We look forward to seeing pictures of your copy, signed by Mouse on social media.
We are already at work preparing for next year, hopefully with a confirmed date soon. Until then, please enjoy these pictures. (click to enlarge)
Pictures by Glen Beebe
Pictures by Mikal Malkovich
Well I'm on my way back to London, thanks to Marty @trpsorg and all the volunteers for putting on such a great event, and thanks to all the folks that picked up some of my work for making a super successful outing for me! I'humbled and honoured anyone would pick up my stuff when there is SO MUCH AMAZING work at hand. Here is the TRPS artist group shot, there are too many legendary names for one post to handle, but check my previous artist list post to who is all here. Thanks again everyone! Till next time.
TRPS Rock Poster show this weekend was awesome as usual. Crazy & honored to be included with this batch of legendary artists whose work is inspiring & has been a big influence on me. (Top, L – R) Norman Orr, George Hunter, Lee Conklin, Randy Tuten, Victor Moscoso, David Byrd, Bill Ham, Pat Ryan, Emek, Adam Pobiak, Gary Houston, Wes Wilson (Mid, L – R) Jim Pollock, Gregg Gordon, Carolyn Ferris, Steve Walters, Mari Tepper, Frank Alan Bella, Mike Dubois, Matt Leunig, Eva Wilson (Bottom, L – R) John Seabury, Chuck Sperry, Mark Arminski, Justin McNeal Photo by Jamie Soja #trps #sanfrancisco #goldengatepark #rockposters #60sart #sanfranciscoart #SF #fillmoreposter #rockart #gigposters #concertposters #screenprint #emek #weswilson #chucksperry #garyhouston #leeconklin #randytuten #markarminski #jimpollock #victormoscoso #carolynferris #normanorr #davidbyrd #gregggordon #stevewalters #mikedubois #mattleunig #adampobiak
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