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89103: FD-2 "King Kong Memorial Dance" Rare 1966 Family

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Lot 89103 Details

FD-2 "King Kong Memorial Dance" Rare 1966 Family Dog Fillmore Concert Poster. A first-printing San Francisco concert poster for The Great! Society w/Grace Slick, the Grass Roots, Big Brother and the Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service at the Fillmore Auditorium on Saturday, February 26, 1966. Known as FD-2 in the Family Dog numbered series, this poster comes from the personal archives of Bob Cohen, the man who co-owned the Family Dog and ran it with Chet Helms from early 1966 until the firm's demise in late 1968. The poster was co-designed by Wes Wilson (the FD logo in upper left) and Helms (the animal picture & theme). An 800-pound gorilla of a collector's item in more ways than one: only the second Family Dog concert poster, still in the primeval month of February 1966, once again nearly impossible to find in its pre-concert first printing. This "King Kong Memorial Dance" poster was printed by graphic artist Wes Wilson in the little Contact Printing shop in San Francisco where he worked. Less than 500 of these were printed, just like with FD-1, and very few of them survive today. Notice the dark ‘scumming' in the lower left margin which is associated with first printings of this poster. That ink scumming was inherent on almost all original printings of this poster, as they were hand-rolled by Wes Wilson himself. According to the web site PrintWiki.org, "In offset lithography, scumming is a generic term for the presence of ink on non-image areas of the printing plate, which can be caused by a variety of press conditions." To serious poster collectors, this ink residue doesn't lessen the value of this extremely rare piece, but actually bolsters its authenticity. For the poster's design, Chet Helms simply cut this simian image out of a picture-magazine of the day, perhaps Life, Look or The Saturday Evening Post. That original magazine-page cut-out measures only about 7" x 10". The logo and lettering were then added and the whole image was blown up to print as posters (and shrunk down for handbills). This poster also marks the debut of the new, fully-formed Family Dog logo. On FD-1, Helms had come up with the idea of a Native American Indian with a joint in its mouth instead of a peace pipe. Only the oval-shaped photo ran on that poster. For this poster, FD-2, Wes Wilson had added the design elements you see surrounding the oval, and the new company had its identity. The show was headlined by The Great! Society featuring Grace Slick, who wrote "White Rabbit" while in this band, and her brother-in-law Darby Slick, who wrote "Somebody to Love." This was the very month that North Beach Records released the latter song as the band's only single (using the original title of "Some one to Love"). As you know, the Jefferson Airplane's version the next year would become the Summer of Love's national anthem. Also on the bill were The Grass Roots, undergoing a personnel turnstile in their earliest days. They had released one single, a cover of Bob Dylan's "Ballad of a Thin Man" from Highway 61 Revisited, which ABC/Dunhill decided to call "Mr. Jones (A Ballad of a Thin Man)." It didn't stick, but a couple of months after this show the Roots released "Where Were You When I Needed You," which achieved national Top 30 success due to heavy airplay in California. A lot of success followed over the next five years. Big Brother & The Holding Co. needs no introduction, although Janis Joplin was still four months away from joining the band. Still, the twin guitar attacks of Sam Andrew and James Gurley were starting to draw a lot of attention in the Bay Area. Managed by Chet Helms – yes, Mr. Family Dog – the group had ‘gone public' only two months prior to this. This is their debut appearance on any Family Dog or Bill Graham concert poster. It's also the only BBHC poster with their original drummer Chuck Jones, before Dave Getz took over the stool in March. And Quicksilver Messenger Service, comprised of five Virgos, were no more experienced than BBHC; they had also debuted under their final name just in December. Their core members had met at the "Tribute to Dr. Strange" dance-concert the previous October. QMS had their own sublime dual-guitar attack in John Cipollina and Gary Duncan. Although never having a hit single, they would come to be known as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, live San Francisco bands of the era. Measures slightly under 14" x 20" and grades to Very Good Plus condition. COAs from Bob Cohen and from Heritage Auctions. To view Bob Cohen's biography, "A Patriarch of the San Francisco Scene," please {A HREF='https://www.heritagestatic.com/c/d/cms/846/919/7221-bio.84691987.pdf' target='blank'}click here{/A}. HID03101062020 © 2020 Heritage Auctions | All Rights Reserved
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89103: FD-2 "King Kong Memorial Dance" Rare 1966 Family

Estimate $8,250 - $1,000,000Aug 08, 2020
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