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    BG-8 Andy Warhol / Velvet Underground 1966 Fillmore Auditorium Concert Poster Signed by Wes Wilson. First-printing San Francisco concert poster for the Velvet Underground and Nico, Andy Warhol and Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention at the Fillmore Auditorium on May 28 and 29, 1966.

    Known as BG-8 in the Bill Graham numbered series, this poster was signed by the poster's creator, Wes Wilson, in pencil down in the lower right corner. Wes was known as the dean of San Francisco psychedelic poster artists, having designed 45 of the first 50 Bill Graham concert posters, and the first 10 Family Dog posters as well. Sadly, Mr. Wilson just passed away earlier this year.

    These shows were undoubtedly the zaniest to ever occupy a Fillmore weekend, with Warhol and his Exploding Plastic Inevitable (for some reason, Wes left "Exploding" off the poster) being the east coast's answer to the Bay Area's acid tests. Throw in Frank Zappa as the opening act, and there may not have been a sane person in the building.

    Measures 14" x 20" and graded Near Mint. Most of damage and imperfections are on the poster's verso, which, if you care, would drag it down a grade or two: tape residue (but zero stickiness), tape lifts and leftover white framing tape in two places at the top.

    As for the poster's front, there's an invisible crease in the upper-right-corner white margin area, much more visible on the verso. In the poster's top center area over the squiggle between Graham and Presents, there's the slightest light-white color inconsistency, cause unknown. There are the slightest, very light smudges which could easily be printer's imperfections in the lower left and lower right areas in the ticket info. Lower left one is mostly between "Ticket" and "72 / City"; the lower right one is directly on the spot of Wes Wilson's printed orange name and penciled sig. Also the slightest of creases to the left of signed "Wes."

    The poster is very slightly toned but to beautifully smoothed perfection. Overall, this poster can totally appear mint, with colors as robust as the day it was printed. And Wes Wilson's signature is great. Only the poster's verso drags it down from a straight Near Mint.

    COA from Heritage Auctions.

    Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock - Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, p.117 (illus.).

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