On September 26, 2015, those who live in the greater Detroit area will want to head on over to Dearborn Music on Michigan Avenue. That’s the day Dennis Loren will be there, from 1 to 9 pm, signing posters and just hanging out. Dennis tells us that Dearborn Music is a great, neighborhood record store, about the same size of Amoeba Records in Berkeley. Dennis has been going to Dearborn Music since 1958 (they opened in 1956), and says he spent a good chunk of his paper-route money there. More recently, Dearborn Music has been selling Dennis’s posters, as well as ones by Carl Lundren and Gary Grimshaw. Check it out!
Seattle rock-poster artist Scott McDougall has been working on Split Fountain Hieroglyphics since the 1980s, when he and fellow artist Art Chantry began photographing every Seattle-area psychedelic rock poster from the late 1960s they could get their hands on. Now, after decades of work and procrastination, Split Fountain Hieroglyphics: Psychedelic Concert Posters from the Seattle Area, 1966-1969 is a reality!
To celebrate, Scott and the book’s designer, Glen Beebe (that’s his poster of posters above) are holding a book-release party on September 23, 2015, from 5 to 8 pm at the Maritime Pacific Brewing Company’s Jolly Roger Taproom, 1111 NW Ballard Way, in Seattle. Scott and Glen will be there, of course, as will Art Chantry, who wrote the book’s foreword, and yours truly (I did a little editing).
In case you are not familiar with the project, Split Fountain Hieroglyphics features almost 200 high-quality reproductions of concert posters, flyers, handbills, and other printed advertisements from Seattle’s live-music scene in the second half of the 1960s. The majority of the artwork in the hardcover book (only 500 copies are being printed) has remained undocumented until now. In addition to essays by Scott and Art, the book includes interviews with artists Jacques Thorton Moitoret, Gary Eagle, and Chuck Trimble.
See you there!
In honor of Labor Day, we thought it might be a good idea to post this presentation by Nels Jacobson titled “Art Laws and Outlaws: Legal Issues in Music Graphics.” Being a rock poster artist is tough enough, but Jacobson’s report, which was presented at SXSW earlier this year, reveals that it can also be a legal minefield.
You can download a pdf of his full presentation here. (The above image is a detail from a poster Jacobson made for appearances by John Lee Hooker and Johnny Winter at Austin’s Liberty Lunch in 1992.)
SAVE THE DATE for our annual Fall Classic, TRPS Festival of Rock Posters: confirmed for Saturday October 24th, 2015 at the San Francisco County Fair Building (aka Hall of Flowers) in beautiful Golden Gate Park.
Stay tuned for the complete list of artists and vendors!
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