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    Frank Zappa/Mothers, Alice Cooper 1969 Seattle Psychedelic Concert Poster. An original concert-advertising psychedelic poster for The Mothers of Invention featuring Frank Zappa (pictured in the middle in perhaps a yearbook photo) playing at the Seattle Center Arena on Saturday, April 19, 1969. The opening acts were Canada's The Guess Who and up & coming new artist Alice Cooper.

    Poster artist John Moehring is the real star here, with a creation that simply dazzles with its richness, the huge number of colors used and its Aquarian psychedelic artwork. It's a true stunner, of higher quality than almost any psychedelic concert poster you'll find, printed on thick, high-quality, textured stock that's also glossy, with the brightly colored inks have almost a 3D effect to them. Most 60's advertising posters were printed on the cheap, but this was decidedly not. Fans of John Moehring are all nodding their heads; he was to Seattle and the Pacific Northwest as Gary Grimshaw was to Detroit. Within the clasped hands under Zappa, it says "John Moehring #34."

    The talent line-up was decidedly eclectic, with Zappa being the avant-garde, weird risk-taker, Alice Cooper on the cusp of his shock-rock career and the Guess Who emerging as a singles-oriented Top 40 act with their first hit, "These Eyes," having just entered Billboard's charts two weeks ago. Such was the case with many rock tours in the 1960's.

    Measures 17" x 22 3/4" and grades to Very Good condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    More Information: The right edge has two areas of crumpling which take this otherwise beautiful piece down to VG. The bigger one is in the blue & pink stripe to the right of the pink emblem between "Who" and "Alice," but touches nothing but the stripes and purple background. The damage area, consisting of crumple-creases, is about 1 ½" long and extends 5/8" into the purple area at its widest.

    The other area of creasing involves the letters "COOP" in the lower right, and this time it's on the letters. The poster's pink edge to the right of "COOP" is showing some white from the bumping. There's also a one-inch crease going into the "E" of "Alice."

    On the left side, there's a 1 ½" crease in the "R" of "Mothers" which does break the orange color. Below that, to the left of the "TH," there's some edge bumping which creases the pink a little. There are a couple of very light surface creases at the bottom, over the "N" in "Arena" and "P" in "April," which do a little color-breaking. And perhaps another very minor surface crease or two elsewhere in the poster, but normal for handling and very benign. The verso has two mild and harmless tape lifts in the upper corner areas.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2020
    14th Saturday
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