Trips Festival 1966 Documentary

On January 22, 2016, in News, Video, by Dire Wolf

Trips Festival 1966 poster Wes Wilson

Held on January 21-23, 1966 at Longshoremen’s Hall in San Francisco, the Trips Festival featured the Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Loading Zone, and more. The event handbill was designed by, who many consider the father of the ’60s rock concert poster, the legendary Wes Wilson. You can get an idea of it’s current value now at ExpressoBeans.com.

We highly recommend purchasing The Trips Festival movie by Eric Christensen, available now on DVD. www.thetripsfestival.com

Trips Festival 1966 Wes Wilson

Rock poster by Wes Wilson. AoR 2.42

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Drawn in Stereo by Michael Gillette

On January 19, 2016, in News, by Ben Marks


I’m pretty late to Michael Gillette’s work, but recently a friend of my son’s gave me a copy of his latest book, Drawn in Stereo, so that oversight on my part has now been corrected. You will find a few rock posters in the 192-page hardback, but I really enjoyed Gillette’s rock-related illustrations, sketches, and paintings, such as this 2015 portrait of David Bowie, one of two “Glam Songbirds” in the book (the other is Brian Eno). To read a review of Drawn in Stereo, visit WinkBooks.


Formerly the Warlocks

On January 13, 2016, in Posters, by Ben Marks


On January 14, 1966, interrupting a three-night run at The Matrix in San Francisco, the Grateful Dead played a benefit for the San Francisco Mime Troupe at the Fillmore Auditorium, which was located on the same street on The Matrix but over the hill. As is clear from this poster for the event, Bill Graham was still ambivalent about the band’s new name…

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