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Bill Graham Presents Big Brother and the Holding Company

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1967 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    MacLean, Bonnie, born 1939 (designer)
    Graham, Bill, born 1931 - died 1991 (issued by)

  • 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.423-2004

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Psychedelic poster advertising a concert for Big Brother and the Holding Company and Pink Floyd. The event details are incorporated into the poster's design which is printed in dark purple-pink, a pale brown-yellow, and black and white, and features three women surrounded by Gothic arches. The lettering, which is printed in purple, is hand-drawn and arranged in the spaces between the arches, reads, 'Bill Graham presents in San Francisco Big Brother and the Holding Company, Richie Havens, Pink Floyd, Nov. 2-3-4 Fillmore, Thurs, Fri: Sat. Winterland, Lights by Glenn McKay's Head Lights'. Other motifs, which include ghostly faces and an eagle, fill other areas, and the overall imagery evokes a Medieval ambience.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1967 (made)

Artist/maker

MacLean, Bonnie, born 1939 (designer)
Graham, Bill, born 1931 - died 1991 (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour offset lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'BILL GRAHAM PRESENTS IN SAN FRANCISCO / BIG BROTHER / AND THE / HOLDING / COMPANY / RICHIE / HAVENS / PINK / FLOYD / NOV. 2-3-4 FILLMORE / THURS / FRI: SAT. / WINTERLAND / LIGHTS / BY GLENN / MCKAY'S / HEAD / LIGHTS'
Incorporated into the poster design, arranged in the spaces between the Gothic Arches, in purple, 'hand-drawn' lettering

TICKETS / SAN FRANCISCO: City Lights Bookstore; S.F. State College (Hut T-1); The Town Squire, (1318 POLK); Wild Colours (1418 Haight); / Bally Lo (Union Square); HAYWARD: Matsuri; BERKELEY: Discount Records ; Shakespeare & Co; SAN MATEO: . Town & Country Records; / . REDWOOD CITY: Redwood House Of Music; PALO ALTO: Dana Morgan Music; b>SAN RAFAEL: Record King; SAUSALITO: The Tides.’
Ticket vendors' information, below the main image, black typeface, in dark purple border

'B. MACLEAN ©1967 Bill Graham #91'
Artist, promoter and poster information, printed in inner purple border, in black 'hand-written' lettering, in lower right-hand corner

Dimensions

Height: 54.8 cm, Width: 35.9 cm

Descriptive line

'Bill Graham Presents Big Brother and the Holding Company' psychedelic poster by Bonnie MacLean for Bill Graham, USA, 1967

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Eagles; Columns; Music; Women; Gothic arches; Psychedelic art; Capitals; Figures; Faces

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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