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    Grateful Dead 1974 Munich, Germany Concert Poster by Gunther Kieser (AOR-4.237). An original large paper concert poster for The Grateful Dead touring Europe in the spring of 1974, this one specifically for the band's stop in Munich, West Germany on Saturday, September 14, 1974. This show was the Dead's "Only Concert in Germany," the poster says in both German and English. The venue was the Olympiahalle (Olympia Hall) in Munich.

    This poster features the sublime artwork of world-class German poster artist Gunther Kieser. The Art of Rock gave this exact poster - from Munich - a full page, the ultimate art-rock compliment. It features a very colorful bust dressed up in Dead fashion through the eyes of Kieser. Worked into his creation are skeleton & rose elements and even a Jerry Garcia "U.S. Blues" top hat. Speaking of which, the Dead were on tour behind From the Mars Hotel, released three months earlier.

    Easily one of Kieser's concert-poster masterpieces. And scarce enough that Heritage has never been able to offer one before, even in blank form. This beauty measures 23 1/2" x 33" and grades to Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions. Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, p.408 (illus.).

    More Information: German and European tour posters frequently turn up as blanks, which are fine and good. All the artwork is there, there's just no specific concert information. Then you sometimes luck into one advertising a specific concert like this, taking it to the next level. And information this one does provide: there are 35 lines of ticket-buying details given on the left.

    Just for fun, we'll provide the list of songs performed at this show. First set: "Bertha," "Me and My Uncle," "Deal," "Jack Straw," "Scarlet Begonias," "Promised Land," "Loser," "El Paso," "Row Jimmy," "Weather Report Suite Prelude," "Weather Report Suite Pt. 1," "Let It Grow," "Tennessee Jed" and "Around and Around."

    Second set: "Big River," "Sugaree," "Mexicali Blues," "Mississippi Half-Step," "It Must Have Been the Roses," "Truckin'," "Wharf Rat," "Sugar Magnolia," "Eyes of the World" and "One More Saturday Night."

    Encore: "U.S. Blues."

    Condition details: Was once machine-folded into eighths for mailing. Those creases remain, and for the most part don't break color, but there are a couple of tiny trouble spots. The factory folds do meet in three center places of the poster. In the top ‘crossroads,' in the red rose, not one but five tiny white tips developed. One of them has just a pinprick of a hole present; the others are just worn-away color, and very small, but must be mentioned.

    There is one more such ‘dot' in the top horizontal crease, on the rose, halfway over to the left edge, but it's not a hole.

    In the second crossroads down, by the bridge of the clown's nose, there is just one pinhole of wear that displays a dot of light when you hold up the poster. And in the third crossroads on his teeth, there is no hole or white tips or anything, it's fine.

    Otherwise, the poster just has four very mildly bumped corners, not causing anything that touches the artwork in the least.

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