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    FD-4 Love, Charlatans, Sons of Adam 1966 "Dirty Old Man" Family Dog Concert Poster. A first-printing San Francisco concert poster for Love, The Charlatans and the Sons of Adam at the Fillmore Auditorium on Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 1966.

    Known as FD-4 in the Family Dog numbered series, this poster - nicknamed "Dirty Old Man" - comes from the personal archives of Bob Cohen, the man who co-owned the Family Dog and ran it with Chet Helms from early 1966 until the firm's demise in late 1968. It was created by the late, great poster artist Wes Wilson.

    The central image of a wild man dancing with a cute young thing is tame by today's standards, but at the time it helped signal to Bay Area denizens that a whole new scene was being born. It was crazy, it was daring, it was weird and it was fun. And it was a poke in the eye to the Establishment.

    Measures 14 1/8" x 20" and grades to Very Good condition. COAs from Bob Cohen and from Heritage Auctions.

    To view Bob Cohen's biography, "A Patriarch of the San Francisco Scene," please click here.


    More Information: This poster innocently refers to Los Angeles-based Love, led by Arthur Lee, as "The Love," not unlike The Pink Floyd and The Cream getting the extra word added back in this era.

    This was the very month that Love first hit Billboard's singles charts with their first charting record, "My Little Red Book," one of three 45s the group issued that got lots of airplay in their native Los Angeles and throughout California, but never gained traction nationally. Their LP Forever Changes, however, is often viewed as a masterpiece of the era.

    Condition details: A tape lift on the "R" in "Geary" is the biggest issue; since the paper stock used was beige all the way through, the letter could be easily blackened back in. There's also water staining at the bottom that's about nine inches across and goes through the words "Fillmore And." The beige paper got a little bit lighter in the margin as a result. There's also a slight degree of this effect at the top, to the left of "O" and above "V" in "Love," and for a couple of inches in the right margin both near the top and near the bottom. Also very small surface creases on the dancing man's shoulder and in the "S" and "E" of "Plus The," only visible when the poster is tilted at an angle. NEW INFORMATION: This poster also has a pinhole in each corner.

    Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, p.95 (illustrated).


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