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    Janis Joplin / Big Brother & the Holding Company 1968 Fresno Psychedelic Concert Poster.
    The Baba Love Company Presents on Friday, April 19 (of 1968) at Selland Arena in Fresno, California: Big Brother and the Holding Company and The Mint Tattoo. The stunning, brightly colored psychedelic artwork by Dale "Sogy" Oftedal features no less than three images of Janis Joplin, including one to the upper right corner depicting Joplin as a bird perched on a tree branch, a central image of Janis and a third with the other members of Big Brother.

    And remember the old 60's expression that you can't trust anyone over 30? Well how's this for a timepiece: in the lower right area it proclaims in cloud-like letters, "FREE to everyone over 35." Wow! Otherwise, the "$3.50" price was given in the lower left corner.

    Big Brother and Janis were smack dab in the middle of recording their legendary Cheap Thrills album at this point. They had commenced work on the album seven weeks prior, and would finish up recording five weeks later. So we really know exactly how they sounded at this point, and it's all great!

    The promoters also used this opportunity to plug an upcoming show: Moby Grape was coming on May 10, and is plugged at the bottom. Also give is five locations at which to buy tickets to the Janis show, and almost certainly the Grape show as well.

    How do you count all the colors on this? From the top there's light blue, white, peach, yellow, red, green and dark blue. A seven-color concert poster!

    Regarding the delightful Day-Glo inks, those colors really come alive when viewed under a blacklight, the 1960's purple tube-lights that became all the rage with hippie pads in the late sixties. We've attached an additional photo of this poster under a blacklight. Be sure to check it out, as it adds quite a wow factor.

    Measures 17" x 24.25". In Very Good condition with some creases and wear to edges and corners, with a scuff just above the "i" in "Big." Also a little staining and a number written on the back.

    Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, AOR-3.30, p.263 (illus.).

    This is only the third example of this poster that Heritage has ever offered. The previous examples sold for $7,500 in 2013 and $4,750 in 2017. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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