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    Bob Dylan Joan Baez 1965 Eric Von Schmidt-Designed Handbill (AOR-1.101). An original first-printing Bob Dylan/Joan Baez paper advertising flyer for their joint spring 1965 tour that was withdrawn shortly after getting initial use. The late folksinger and respected artist Eric Von Schmidt designed this popular Toulouse-Lautrec-inspired concert piece. This specimen remains unused, with no printing in the venue box at the top.

    The Dylan-Baez combination has proven to be one of the most idolized and enduring of all 20th century pop-culture pairings. Both artists are still going strong on the concert trail (when there's no pandemic going on), and Ms. Baez has remained available for interviews for the most important Dylan documentaries, the most recent being the critically acclaimed Rolling Thunder Revue - A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorcese on Netflix in 2019.

    The rumor mill has always had it that Dylan didn't like this artwork, thus its extremely limited use. Some cite the fact that Dylan is portrayed as a pure Washington Square folkie, even wearing his 1962 corduroy cap; or perhaps his nose looked too big; or maybe he was perceived as being second-billed to Baez. Most likely of all might be the fact that Dylan had just released his half-rocking Bringing It All Back Home album, and had clearly left the folk scene in the dust.

    Measures 5 ½" x 9 1/2" and grades to Very Good condition. While the image area is very clean, there is a light water stain along the top edge on both the front and verso. There's a tiny bit more along the right edge, leaving a small mark to the right of "N" in "Dylan," but most of it is lost in the rust color and more viewable on the white verso. A nearly invisible surface crease to the right of Dylan's arm in the rust color is present, and just a few very light 'ruffles' by Baez's guitar strap. In the lower right corner area, a little bit of fading or possibly dirtiness has crept in as well. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock - Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, p.59 (illus.).

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