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Eric Burdon and War - Santana - Buddy Miles

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    San Francisco (made)

  • Date:

    1971 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Singer, David, born 1941 (artist)
    Tea Lautrec Litho (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour offset lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.541-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514, case TOPIC, shelf 11

David Singer produced more posters for Bill Graham and the Fillmore than any other Fillmore artist: 66 in total. He was the last artist to produce an original series for the Fillmore, working between 1969 and 1971. His designs rely on the use of photographic collage to produce fantastic and often surreal scenes.

In this poster, Singer has used a children’s literary character, Puss in Boots, derived from a 19th-century engraving by Gustave Doré used to illustrate the story in Tom Hood’s Fairy Realm of 1865. The cat, who swipes at a woman wearing a winged helmet and riding an eagle, is incongruously set within what looks like a stage set with a map of the United States as a back-drop. The poster is at once eerie and humorous, and plays with childhood memories of fairytales. This, and its association with surrealism relates to the perception that experiences of LSD produce similar effects in the mind of the user during a ‘trip’.

Physical description

Psychedelic poster advertising a concert for Eric Burdon and War, Santana, and Buddy Miles. The design features an engraving of Puss in Boots, and a woman wearing a winged helmet and riding an eagle, collaged into a stage set with a map of the United States as a backdrop. The event details are printed below in three columns, in black, stylised letters; 'Eric Burdon and War, J. Geils Band, also War, Lights by Deadly Nightshade, 25-26 March 27-28, Fillmore West. Santana playing two sets nightly (other acts to be announced). Lights by Heavy Water, 26 March 27, Winterland. Buddy Miles, Wayne Cochran and the C. C. Riders, also Sugarloaf. Lights by Little Princess 109. 1-2 April 3-4, Fillmore West'. The image is printed in blue and white, while the rest of the poster is black on dark-red.

Place of Origin

San Francisco (made)

Date

1971 (made)

Artist/maker

Singer, David, born 1941 (artist)
Tea Lautrec Litho (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'ERIC BURDON / AND WAR / J. GEILS BAND / ALSO WAR / LIGHTS BY DEADLY NIGHTSHADE / 25-26 MARCH 27-28 / FILLMORE WEST / SANTANA / PLAYING TWO SETS NIGHTLY / (OTHER ACTS / TO BE ANNOUNCED) / LIGHTS BY HEAVY WATER / 26 MARCH 27 / WINTERLAND / BUDDY MILES / WAYNE COCHRAN / AND THE C. C. RIDERS / ALSO SUGARLOAF / LIGHTS BY LITTLE PRINCESS 109 / 1-2 APRIL 3-4 / FILLMORE WEST'
Event and venue details, printed below the image in three columns, in black, stylised letters

' TICKETS / © BILL GRAHAM 1971 # 275 TEA LAUTREC LITHO - SAN FRANCISCO / ALL MACY'S TICKET OUTLETS SAN FRANCISCO - FOX PLAZA BOX OFFICE NINTH & MARKET - CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE 261 COLUMBUS AVE / THE TOWN SQUIRE 1318 POLK ST - OUTSIDE IN 2544 MISSION BERKELEY - DISCOUNT RECORDS - / SHAKESPEARE & CO SAUSALITO - THE TIDES REDWOOD CITY - REDWOOD HOUSE OF MUSIC SAN MATEO - TOWN & COUNTRY RECORDS SAN JOSE - DISCOUNT RECORDS MENLO PARK - DISCOUNT RECORDS SAN RAFAEL - RECORD KING / SINGER'
Ticket vendors, printer and artist details, printed in stylised black letters.

Dimensions

Height: 71 cm, Width: 53.3 cm

Descriptive line

"Eric Burdon and War - Santana - Buddy Miles" psychedelic poster #275 by Singer. USA, 1971.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bill Graham Presents: the art of the Fillmore - The Poster Series 1966-1971. Lemke and Kastor. Petaluma: Acid Test Productions. 1997.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Eagles; Belts; Cats; Stages; Boots; Helmets; Music; Mice; Hats; Maps; Psychedelic art; Spears; Booths; Women

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Advertising; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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