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Bill Graham Presents Van Morrison

  • 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.445-2004

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Psychedelic poster advertising a concert for Van Morrison. The poster features a four-piece band playing brass instruments and a drum, and with a black cat and a yellow duck, in a desert-like landscape. This central image is framed by the name of the artist, 'Van Morrison', and closely grouped red roses, while other motifs such as light bulbs also appear. The whole design sits within a black frame with the promoter's and other bands' details and the rest of the space at the bottom of the poster is filled with event details. The lettering reads, 'Bill Graham presents in San Francisco Van Morrison, Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, The Terry Hahn Brotherhood, Thursday - Sunday October 8-9-10-11, Lights by Anathema #251 © Bill Graham Norman Orr'. The lettering is highly stylised, and the poster is printed in black, yellow and red.

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 / VAN MORRISON / CAPTAIN BEEFHEART AND THE MAGIC BAND / The Terry Hahn Brotherhood / Thursday - Sunday October 8-9-10-11 / LIGHTS BY ANATHEMA #251 © BILL GRAHAM NORMAN ORR'
Forms the main design of the poster, in red and grey stylised lettering

'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 . / BERKELEY . DISCOUNT RECORDS . SHAKESPEARE & CO. . SAUSALITO . THE TIDES . REDWOOD CITY . REDWOOD HOUSE OF MUSIC . SAN MATEO . TOWN & COUNTRY RECORDS . SAN JOSE . DISCOUNT / © BILL GRAHAM 1970 . No. RECORDS . MENLO PARK . DISCOUNT RECORDS . SAN RAFAEL . RECORD KING TEA LAUTREC LITHO . SAN FRANCISCO'
Ticket vendors' information, below the main image, black typeface

Dimensions

Height: 53.8 cm, Width: 35.6 cm

Descriptive line

'Bill Graham Presents Van Morrison' psychedelic poster by Norman Orr for Bill Graham, USA, 1970

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Drums; Trumpets; Moon; Men; Bat (animal); Clarinets; Trombones; Cats; Music; Ducks; Musicians; Light bulbs; Bands; Roses; Psychedelic art

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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