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    MANY CONSIDER DAVID BYRD'S FINEST HOUR

    Jimi Hendrix 1968 Fillmore East FE-7 Concert Poster CGC-Graded 8.5 (AOR-2.90). An original first-printing concert poster for the Jimi Hendrix Experience playing two shows at Bill Graham's Fillmore East auditorium on Friday, May 10, 1968. Poster artist David Byrd's masterwork, one of the most iconic psychedelic concert posters of the 1960's, has been graded 8.5 Very Fine Plus by the Certified Guarantee Company (CGC).

    Byrd, of course, is famous for designing many important concert posters of the 1960's, among them: the original "Woodstock - An Aquarian Exposition" poster in Wallkill, NY, before it changed locations; the Rolling Stones' 1969 American comeback 'tour blank' poster; other Fillmore East concert posters for The Who and the Jefferson Airplane; the Grateful Dead at Nassau Coliseum in 1973; and the only 'tour blank' that Hendrix himself ever used, over many shows in early 1969. The way Byrd meticulously created the hundreds of little circles all over this poster, especially in the blending of Jimi's, Noel's and Mitch's afros, is simply spellbinding. And its pink and orange coloring gives it almost a unique appearance amongst psychedelic concert posters.

    Measures 14 1/4" x 22" and grades to 8.5 Very Fine+ condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: A lot of people don't realize that Jimi wasn't on tour at this time, even though he seemingly spent all of 1968 playing gigs. No, it was studio time for Jimi and he was in the middle of recording his classic Electric Ladyland album at Electric Lady studios just a stone's throw from the Fillmore East.

    Want to know exactly what the Experience sounded like for these two shows? Well, in the previous 10 days Jimi had recorded both "Voodoo Chile" and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," a pair of masterpieces from his upcoming double album. That's what Jimi sounded like at the time of this poster.

    And there's fun added value in the fact that a new & upcoming group called Sly & the Family Stone opened the two shows, although not famous enough yet to be mentioned on the poster. They had one hit to their credit so far, the infectious "Dance to the Music," which had just slipped out of the national Top 10. Their next single would completely stiff, but after that, in the fall? "Everyday People." So attendees to these shows, you might say, got experienced twice.

    Notice how the second show on this night started at 11:30 PM. Another wow. So you had the always-tardy Sly opening the show – wonder if he made it by midnight – and then Jimi starting his set at what, one in the morning? Nothing like a little live Hendrix music from 1:00-3:00 AM on a Friday night.

    Condition details: No pinholes present. From what we can see, a few light white blemishes along the outermost left edge, located parallel to the extreme upper left purple circle, the left musician's chin, "Bill Graham," and "Friday." There's also one on the top edge above the "TS" in "Presents." Also a blemish on the bottom orange border, two inches in from the left corner. The verso has areas of very light-brown foxing spotting, so those probably appear on the front as well but are buried in the colorful artwork. You can detect it a little in the mustard-green stripe to the left of "Joshua" and "Bill." Corners only the tiniest bit soft.

    Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock - Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, p.157 (illus.).




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