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Bill Graham Presents Country Joe and the Fish

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1970 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Singer, David, born 1941 (artist)
    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.477-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR17

David Singer produced 66 posters for Bill Graham and the Fillmore Auditorium (a legendary music venue in San Francisco, California). He was also the last artist to produce an original series for the Fillmore. Singer's designs employ diverse collaged elements, drawn from both photographic and printed sources, to produce fantastic and often surreal scenes.

Physical description

Psychedelic poster advertising a concert for Country Joe and the Fish. The central image features a collaged engraving of a forest scene with a young woman playing a lyre to an assorted group of animals. Three nudes, two male, and one that appears to be an old woman, their posture twisted as if they are in pain, stand just outside this scene. The scene is printed in black ink, and the background graduates from a yellow top half, through green, to a blue lower half. The event details are printed in black, stylised letters, on all four sides of the image. The text reads, 'Bill Graham Presents in San Francisco, Country Joe and the Fish, Blues Image, Silver Metre. Brotherhood of Light, May 28-29-30-31 Fillmore West'.

The poster has creases across the entire surface.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1970 (made)

Artist/maker

Singer, David, born 1941 (artist)
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 / COUNTRY JOE AND THE FISH / BLUES IMAGE / SILVER METRE / BROTHERHOOD / OF LIGHT / MAY 28-29-30-31 FILLMORE WEST / SINGER'
Event and venue details, printed around the edge of the image, in the border, in black, stylised letters

' TICKETS / SAN FRANCISCO - 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 / TEA LAUTREC LITHO - SAN FRANCISCO REDWOOD CITY - REDWOOD HOUSE OF MUSIC SAN MATEO - TOWN & COUNTRY RECORDS SAN JOSE - DISCOUNT RECORDS MENLO PARK - DISCOUNT RECORDS SAN RAFAEL - RECORD KING © BILL GRAHAM 1970- No 236 / ALL MACY'S TICKET OUTLETS '
Ticket vendors and printing information, at bottom of poster, printed in stylised, black letters.

Dimensions

Height: 35.5 cm, Width: 55.4 cm

Descriptive line

"Bill Graham Presents Country Joe and the Fish" psychedelic poster #236 by David Singer, USA, 1970

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Engravings; Animals; Lions; Psychedelic art; Deer; Landscapes; Music; Cheetahs; Figures; Rabbits; Lyres; Trees; Goats; Stags; Nudes; Forests

Categories

Prints; Entertainment & Leisure; Advertising; Posters; Music

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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