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    Bob Dylan 1966 Concert Poster w/The Hawks (The Band), Seattle, WA.
    An original, vintage Dylan window card from when he was changing the face of popular music by splitting his concerts into two halves: folk music and barnstorming Rock & Roll. This cardboard poster shows Dylan with just his famous harmonica (and cigarette), and proclaims, "A Northwest Releasing Event at New Center Arena." Being strictly local advertising, Seattle didn't need to be named. "Friday March 25 at 8:30 PM. Tickets at Bon Marche & Suburban Box Offices." No ticket prices were given.

    How significant is this poster? England's revered Mojo magazine once voted this months-long trek the greatest tour in Rock & Roll history. And that is saying something. Dylan was single-handedly changing the course of popular music in 1965-66 by retaining his solo-acoustic roots for the first half of each show, but then blowing the audience away with loud, raucous Rock & Roll in the second half, often greeted with boos by folk purists. His backing band for the electric half consisted of Robbie Robertson on electric guitar, Rick Danko on bass, Richard Manuel on piano, Garth Hudson on organ and the little-known Sandy Konikoff on drums (Levon Helm had left the tour months earlier).

    To promote and advertise this tour in America, "tour blank" posters were devised consisting mostly of a photo of Dylan and a blank white space down below. The home office would then strip in localized information in red ink for each stop on the tour, in very small quantities. It's possible only a couple of dozen were made for this stop, or perhaps a few dozen. One thing's for sure: Almost all of them were thrown away after the show, because very few from any stop on the tour have survived. (The 1965 version has a full-length shot of Dylan on acoustic guitar; this 1966 design is twice as hard to find.)

    It was an interesting choice of Dylan photos used on this window card. They chose to not show The Hawks because that might turn off folkies, and they only appeared in half of the show. But they also chose to not show an acoustic guitar, because that was only in half the show as well. So they showed Dylan with his ubiquitous harmonica holder, which was indeed played in both the acoustic and electric halves. And the cigarette? An artistic touch that speaks for itself. Or maybe having no significance at all.

    And then down in the lower right corner, the poster printer's credit: "Murray Poster Printing Co." with the union bug and a NYC address.

    Bob Dylan has always been in the top three in the concert-poster hobby, alongside the Beatles and Elvis Presley's 1950's posters. There's simply nobody in rock-music history that's more respected, admired, covered, imitated and yes, more feared than Dylan. Rolling Stone magazine once called him "the rock star that other rock stars stare at backstage." And George Harrison once opined that in 100 years, the Beatles' individual names will be forgotten but everybody will still know Dylan's.

    And this piece is so rare that it's the very first time Heritage Auctions has had the pleasure of offering this poster for sale, ever. We've previously had only the small paper flyer, from another city, but never the full cardboard window card.

    As a stellar footnote, Dylan was also recording his legendary Blonde on Blonde album during breaks in this early 1966 tour. So what did he record in March 1966, the month of this poster? Oh, nothing much... only "Just Like a Woman," "I Want You" and "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," all evergreen hit singles from Dylan's canon. How could the timing get any better?

    This cardboard concert poster was restored to smooth over some of the wear & tear that was inevitable. But there was no paper loss at any point, so it remains entirely original. Here's a rare opportunity to acquire a vintage, authentic concert poster from the 20th century's single greatest songwriter, and certainly one they'll still be talking about 100 years from now. Measures 14x22."

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2019
    20th-21st Saturday-Sunday
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