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    Rolling Stones 1973 Cardiff and Pembroke Castles Original Concert Poster (AOR-4.273). First printing, large-format Rolling Stones concert poster promoting a cancelled show in Cardiff, Wales, England on Saturday, September 22, 1973. A famous and wildly popular poster for its depiction of a dragon with the Stones' lips-and-tongue logo as its mouth. Naturally it's been reproduced, but this is absolutely an original printed in the summer of 1973 to sell tickets for the show.

    So why was the show for such a beautiful poster canceled? Well for one thing, the promoter made assumptions and moved forward on things before it was locally approved. According to the BBC's web site, the Pembrokeshire Borough Council refused permission for this show to take place, citing health and safety reasons. As one council member told the BBC years later, "The council's response to the concert was utter horror. The councillors said it would mean closing the whole main street, and shop windows would have to be battened down. They were saying things like 'We'll be inundated by hippies and wild people.' There was a meeting and it was thumb's down completely when it came to the vote. Young people couldn't believe that we'd lost such an opportunity."

    Well at least something good came out of it... one of the greatest Stones concert posters ever, if not the greatest. Measures 20" x 30" and grades to Very Good Plus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, p.417 (illus.).

    More Information: The only small issues here are with the edges. Light bumping to three of the four edges leaving small surface creases right on the edge, but nothing close to the artwork, including the claws in the left and bottom margins, although there is one very small crease in one of the bottom talons. This is not crumpling or revealing white or anything; this is just edge bumping resulting in very small creases, in a number of places. The whole art area appears unscathed and clean. The poster, on very thick stock, is also curled from being rolled for a good period of time, but of course framing or art holders immediately solve that.

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    Auction Dates
    May, 2021
    1st-2nd Saturday-Sunday
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