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    THE KING & QUEEN OF FOLK, DAYS BEFORE DYLAN WENT ELECTRIC

    Bob Dylan / Joan Baez 1965 Philadelphia Concert Handbill and Original Photo. An original concert-advertising handbill for Bob Dylan and Joan Baez appearing together at the Convention Hall in Philadelphia, PA on March 5, 1965, plus a color picture taken at the show and printed at the time.

    This famous graphic image of Dylan and Baez against a rust background, created by folksinger Eric Von Schmidt, is well known to collectors. Heritage has sold both the poster and handbill several times with the white space at the top blank. This is, however, the very first time Heritage has been able to offer this piece with the venue information printed in. Filled-in specimens are just very, very few and far between, and on the rare occasion they do surface, they're usually from someone who attended a show and hung onto it.

    And such is the case here. Our consignor went to the concert, left his seat to take exactly one photo, printed out his picture in 5x7" size (considered large back then) in 1965, and has had them ever since.

    This Von Schmidt artwork is estimated to have been used only for a few weeks, from late February to late March. It's so scarce that over the decades, our experts have seen it from only three other cities. Whether they ever bothered printing it for additional tour stops is questionable. Legend has it that Dylan didn't like the artwork, which may have slowed its use way down.

    As for the music, this show marked "the end of the acoustic innocence" for Mr. Dylan. It took place on a Friday night, and the following Monday, March 8, Columbia Records released his hard-rocking single "Subterranean Homesick Blues," startling folk purists. Another two weeks later and Dylan's electrified Bringing It All Back Home LP came out. The pop-music world would never be the same.

    The handbill has a very compelling appearance with that concert information boldly printed in. "Friday, March 5, 8:30 PM," it states. "At Convention Hall, 34th & Spruce Sts." No need to say Philadelphia, everyone knew. "Seats $4.50, 3.50, 3.00, 2.50, 1.75." Plain, simple and right to the point.

    Handbill measures 5 1/2" x 9 1/2" and grades to Very Good condition; photo measures 7" x 5" and also grades to Very Good. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: As a bonus, this lot includes a third item, an advertising handbill from The 2nd Fret folk-music nightclub in Philly. Our consignor attended the Dylan/Baez concert, and the next day returned to the 2nd Fret and relieved them of the Dylan/Baez advertisement they had posted, and also grabbed the current 2nd Fret advertising handbill which promoted upcoming shows over the following month from Eric Anderson, Mimi & Dick Farina, Geoff Muldaur and the Holy Model Rounders, among others.

    Condition details: The Dylan/Baez flyer was quarter-folded at the time, and the horizontal crease remains more visible than the vertical one, being right in the center across Dylan's shoulder. But it doesn't break color. The vertical crease is surprisingly hidden and only breaks a little color on Joan's blue guitar strap, plus maybe a teeny-tiny amount on the stripe on her dress. There's a very small amount of foxing in the extreme upper-right corner, and a one-inch crease in the lower left corner at the bottom of Joan's hair. There's a couple of very mild surface creases in the lower right quadrant, around Dylan's guitar. Also, the tip of the upper left corner has a tiny, soft crease. The handbill is also lightly toned. Verso has a couple of light brown markings.

    The 5x7 photograph has faded somewhat with time. It has a crease in the white in the upper left corner tip, and a couple of mild surface creases in the photo's upper right quadrant, at the top of the stage curtains. Plus there's that red writing on the verso.

    The 2nd Fret handbill measures 4 3/8" x 10 5/8" and grades to Very Good Plus with just a couple of mild creases and a little bit of grime.




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    November, 2020
    14th Saturday
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