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    Grande Ballroom Detroit 1960's Psychedelic Handbill-Postcards (11) A set of 11 colorful handbill/postcards from the 1960's Detroit music scene, including the Grande Ballroom, direct from the archives of legendary motorcity promoter Russ Gibb. Bands featured include Big Brother & the Holding Company with Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, Howling Wolf, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayall, Spooky Tooth, the Stooges, Deep Purple and many others.

    Most are in outstanding Near Mint condition, with the Howling Wolf having brown stains along the top verso; the Troggs having a small brown stain top verso; the Crazy World of Arthur Brown having some very light staining top verso; and the Savage Grace having a bent top corner, a light surface crease thru the middle and a printer's ink flaw on the verso. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    SPECIAL NOTE: Heritage is very proud to be representing concert posters and handbills this auction from the ARChive of Contemporary Music in New York City. ARC is a non-profit music library that has over five million artifacts in its collection, focusing on records and recorded music, but with extensive paper archives as well. Co-founder and Executive Directory B. George has been generous enough to consign a number of items to Heritage from the archives of the late Russ Gibb, the legendary Detroit promoter who passed away earlier this year. "Uncle Russ" was as important to Detroit's Grande Ballroom scene as Bill Graham was to the Fillmore Auditorium and Chet Helms to the Avalon Ballroom. The founders of ARC and the Ann Arbor/Detroit musical community have ties together that go back decades. Gibb also had a huge ace in the hole with the talents of legendary poster designer Gary Grimshaw, who created all or most of the handbills in these lots.

    ARC's credibility is impeccable. Current and past members of its Board of Advisors have included Keith Richards, Paul Simon and Martin Scorsese, and the late David Bowie, John Hammond, Ellie Greenwich, Lou Reed and Jerry Wexler.

    Since these items were bequeathed to ARC from Gibb's archives, they are all original, pre-concert first printings and mostly in outstanding condition. We hope you'll keep an eye toward the non-profit work of ARC in placing your generous bids for these beautiful pieces.


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    Auction Dates
    November, 2019
    16th-17th Saturday-Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 18
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