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    Gene Vincent 1960 Eau Claire, Wisconsin Art-Deco Concert Poster. An original cardboard window card advertising an upcoming show by Gene Vincent ("Be-Bop-A-Lula") in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on Friday, November 4, 1960. A spectacular piece by one of the key figures of 1950's rock 'n' roll.

    Aesthetically, this is arguably a better-looking early concert poster than by any of rock 'n' roll's six primary founding fathers: Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis or Fats Domino. Certainly with just one musician on it, which the hobby calls, in this case, a "Gene Vincent stand-alone poster." Can you name a better-looking one by any of those six?

    What a stunning piece of vintage rock 'n' roll advertising this poster is. Just look at the killer fonts and colors on there. And the great band photo down below, in addition to Gene's smiling face up above. It was so ahead of its time that some people think it must've been a fantasy poster designed after-the-fact. But no, this gem was definitely printed over 60 years ago to get teenagers in a small midwestern town to hit up their parents for money and go buy a ticket.

    This poster was a "tour blank," with the bottom 80% of the card printed in quantity ahead of time and the top white venue box left blank, to be printed in later city-by-city. Only three of these posters are known to exist, from any city. Heritage auctioned off the first one of those three years ago (from Abilene, Texas) and it notched $32,500; we sold the other one, from Kansas, two years ago for $22,500. That says more than anything we could about this poster's rarity and appeal. Measures 14" x 22" and grades to restored Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: Admission was only a buck, and you can be sure most of those were teenagers; parents were free (!), and there were probably hardly any there. There's no "concert" mentioned on this poster... it was a dance at a ballroom, and you were gonna rock your bobby sox off at this one. Just look at the photo of the Blue Caps... they were already starting!

    "Mr. Be Bop A Lu Lu Himself," the window card proclaims. Now, some might think "typo" when they first see that... but no. In the song, Gene sings "lu lu" every other time: "Be bop a lu la, she's my baby / Be bop a lu lu, I don't mean maybe." It's well-documented that the song turned John Lennon and his Quarrymen on their ears, that's for sure. According to The Complete Beatles Chronicle (Lewisohn, Harmony/Crown), the Liverpool lads performed the song live every year for six straight years, from 1957-62.

    And then check out this pop culture plug: "You saw him with Jayne Mansfield in 'The Girl Can't Help It'... Now See Him IN PERSON!" What exquisite bonus wording for a first-era rock 'n' roll poster... a major motion picture that rocked teenagers back on their heels as well! Not to mention the underlying sexual tension that any mention of Jayne Mansfield created back then. Surging hormones, anyone?

    There's an element of tragedy involved with this poster as well. Earlier in 1960, in the U.K., Gene was involved in a serious car accident with another legend, Eddie Cochran. Gene and another passenger were injured; sadly, Mr. Cochran died the next day.

    Condition details: This board is a little bit wavy throughout, not 100% flat. It probably got moist at some point in the distant past. Tack holes up top have been filled in; in fact, significant restoration to both upper corners, at the top center above "Presents" and throughout the venue box. Staple remnants (indentation) to the left of "Friday" and right of "4," and a pinhole next to "P" in "Presents."

    There's a crease through the room "Ballroom" starting at the "S" in "Fournier's." Several light water stains appear under "Admission." There is also creasing over Gene's face and hair, and in the yellow box to his left. Moving down, there's restoration in the "N" above "Gene" and moving over to the right, and also a pinhole above the "N" in "Gene." There are creases through the white lettering in "Blue Caps," and resto across the bottom. There's a repaired vertical tear after "Inc." in the bottom-margin credit. Staple holes found in the lower right corner on the yellow, but have been repaired on the left.




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