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    Big Brother & the Holding Company with Janis Joplin 1968 Grande Ballroom Poster CGC Graded 9.8 (AOR-3.141) This March 1 & 2, 1968 first-and-only-print concert poster has been graded 9.8 by CGC (Certified Guaranty Company). A spectacular investment-quality grade on a key piece by one of San Francisco's most important bands ever, lead by everybody's favorite chick singer, Janis Joplin. Opening acts consisted of the MC5, Pink Peech Mob, Tiffany Shade and Family Dumptruck.

    Big Brother's classic album Cheap Thrills had its genesis at these two shows, both recorded by Columbia Records and producer John Simon to kick off their attempts to make that release a live album, which ultimately failed. The deluxe CD edition of Cheap Thrills includes two tracks recorded at these shows, "Magic of Love" and "Catch Me Daddy."

    This is the very first time Heritage Auctions has had the pleasure of offering this scarce poster for sale. The poster itself measures 13 x 22". Designed by Gary Grimshaw and direct from the archives of Detroit promoter Russ Gibb (see below). COA from Heritage Auctions.

    Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, p.299 (illus.)

    More Information: Heritage is very proud to be representing concert posters and handbills this auction from the ARChive of Contemporary Music in New York City. ARC is a non-profit music library that has over five million artifacts in its collection, focusing on records and recorded music, but with extensive paper archives as well. Co-founder and Executive Directory B. George has been generous enough to consign a number of items to Heritage from the archives of the late Russ Gibb, the legendary Detroit promoter who passed away earlier this year. "Uncle Russ" was as important to Detroit's Grande Ballroom scene as Bill Graham was to the Fillmore Auditorium and Chet Helms to the Avalon Ballroom. The founders of ARC and the Ann Arbor/Detroit musical community have ties together that go back decades. Gibb also had a huge ace in the hole with the talents of legendary poster designer Gary Grimshaw, who created all of the posters shown here.

    ARC's credibility is impeccable. Current and past members of its Board of Advisors have included Keith Richards, Paul Simon and Martin Scorsese, and the late David Bowie, John Hammond, Ellie Greenwich, Lou Reed and Jerry Wexler.

    Since these items were bequeathed to ARC from Gibb's archives, they are all original, pre-concert first printings in fabulous condition. Which is why we had the posters immediately graded, with marvelous results. We hope you'll keep an eye toward the non-profit work of ARC in placing your generous bids for these beautiful pieces.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2019
    16th-17th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 29
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