Details: This rare and highly collectible authorized second printing of the iconic Family Dog Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom concert poster from 1966 bears the telltale "(2)" and "The Bindweed Press" indications, distinguishing it from the third printing and the common forgeries of the scarce first printing which omits the Bindweed credit or includes a "San Francisco Poster Co." credit.
The skull and roses imagery from this poster was originally sourced from a 19th century illustration of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and was henceforward appropriated by the Grateful Dead as their logo for the remainder of their career.
Born in Detroit, Stanley Miller became known as "Mouse" after illustrating countless notebooks with his signature rodent sketch. Miller found an outlet for his creativity in pin-striping cars and airbrushing hot rod designs on posters and T-shirts. Mouse migrated to San Francisco in 1964, where he first met the artists associated with Family Dog, the organization producing dance concerts at the Avalon Ballroom. With collaborator Alton Kelley, Mouse experimented broadly with composition, lettering and imagery: Kelley came up with the ideas and Mouse executed the designs. Mouse and Kelley helped to establish the psychedelic style of expression under the name Mouse Studios.
Printed on vellum, the poster is framed to approx. 17"x22" overall.
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Condition / Notes: This poster shows mild even toning, a clipped corner, a few small corner punctures, and other typical signs of age and handling. It has not been examined outside its frame/mount.
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