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Bill Graham Presents Quicksilver Messenger Service

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Orr, Norman, born 1949 (designer)
    Graham, Bill, born 1931 - died 1991 (issued by)
    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.444-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR16

Physical description

Psychedelic poster advertising a concert for Quicksilver Messenger Service. The event details fill most of the space, and images of the bands are incorporated into the poster's design. The lettering reads, 'Bill Graham presents in San Francisco A Dance Concert, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Buddy Miles, © Bill Graham 1970, #249 Norman Orr, Robert Savage, Lights - Little Princess 109, Thurs - Sunday - Fillmore West - September 17-20'. The lettering is highly stylised, and the imagery evokes a sense of 'the wild west'.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Orr, Norman, born 1949 (designer)
Graham, Bill, born 1931 - died 1991 (issued by)
Tea Lautrec Litho (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'BILL GRAHAM PRESENTS IN SAN FRANCISCO / A DANCE CONCERT / QUICKSILVER / MESSENGER SERVICE / BUDDY MILES / © BILL GRAHAM 1970, #249 NORMAN ORR / ROBERT SAVAGE / LIGHTS - LITTLE PRINCESS 109 / THURS - SUNDAY - FILLMORE WEST - SEPTEMBER 17-20'.
Forms the main design of the poster, in red and grey stylised lettering

'© COPYRIGHT 1970 BILL GRAHAM NOW ON SALE AT TICKETS ALL MACY'S TICKET OUTLETS / SAN FRANCISCO . FOX PLAZA BOX OFFICE 9TH & MARKET, SUITE 105 . CITY LIGHTS BOOKSTORE, 261 COLUMBUS AVE. . THE TOWN SQUIRE, 1318 POLK ST. . OUTSIDE IN, 2544 MISSION ST. OAKLAND . HOLE IN THE WALL / 3345 LAKESHORE AVE. 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 TEA LAUTREC LITHO . SAN FRANCISCO'
Ticket vendors' information, below the main image, white typeface

Dimensions

Height: 53.6 cm, Width: 35.7 cm

Descriptive line

'Bill Graham Presents Quicksilver Messenger Service' psychedelic poster by Norman Orr for Bill Graham, USA, 1970

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Hats; Musicians; Men; Psychedelic art; Figures; Fiddles; Guitars; Music; Women; Equestrians; Horses; Bands (ensembles); Dancers

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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