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    Jimi Hendrix / Janis Joplin / The Who - 1967 Monterey Pop Festival Poster (AOR-3.5). Original standard-sized Monterey Pop poster designed by Tom Wilkes and printed on silver foil stock, to both advertise and be sold at the seminal three-day festival on June 16-18, 1967.

    Jefferson Airplane's Grace Slick recalled this festival fondly in her autobiography, Somebody to Love? (Grand Central Publishing, 1999, written with Andrea Cagan): "Outdoor concerts are common now, but when Monterey Pop happened, I'd never seen anything like it. Produced by Lou Adler and The Mamas and the Papas, it's the only festival I can think of that was excellent in every way.

    "The musical line-up boasted an all-inclusive representation of 'new' music. Black, white, East, West, rock, blues, instrumental, pop and folk - the three-day list of performers was nothing but headliners. We all combined to create a peaceful and extraordinary offering; even the police cruisers had orchids on their antennas. I felt lucky to be there, observing one of the great examples of human celebration."

    Poster measures 12 1/4" by 21 3/8" 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.258 (illustrated).


    More Information: In her book, Ms. Slick added: "In the beautiful setting of the Carmel coast, the audience area was on a large, grassy lawn surrounded by cypress and pine trees. Unlike most summer concerts where the sun shone down mercilessly, here the big tree branches broke up the light into soft beams, making everything look like a Disney version of Sherwood Forest. In back of the trees, around the perimeter of the seating space, were about 30 small booths, individually decorated with colored silks and cottons and hand-painted banners, showing off every kind of original creation - from one-of-a-kind boots and belts to framed paintings by amateur artists. Even the stalls selling food and concert items were quaint and uninfected by corporate logos and pitchmen."

    Condition details: Small bit of silver missing on the left edge at the girl's shoulder level. No board missing, just the top layer of silver. About six tiny pinholes in upper left corner, including one on the very edge which created a microscopic notch on the top edge. One pinhole upper center and two pinholes upper left corner. Three pinholes in lower left corner and two in lower right. All pinholes are in the silver and not near the artwork. In the poster's bottom half, some very light scuffing down the middle which is visible basically only in the black. A few small dots of something in the three lines of rolling blue lettering.


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