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    Grateful Dead / Janis Joplin / The Band 1970 Festival Express Poster (AOR-4.132). An original paper concert poster advertising and selling tickets for one stop on the well-documented Transcontinental Pop Festival rock & roll train tour of Canada in the summer of 1970. Measures 17 3/8" x 22 5/8" and grades to Very Good Plus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions. Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, p.376 (illus.).

    More Information: This trek quickly became known by the less cumbersome name of The Festival Express Tour, and in 2003 a documentary film was released to theaters giving everyone a good look at the highly unusual caravan of rock legends and assorted other musicians. The whole affair lasted a total of only 10 days.

    Five cities were originally planned but two of them were canceled, so the tour ended up playing only three events. This catchy purple, orange & white poster was used for all involved dates, with each city getting their own information printed in at the bottom. With Montreal and Vancouver canceled, the tour kicked off in Toronto the last weekend in June; played in Winnipeg on Wednesday, July 1 (Canada Day, so a holiday); and finished the first weekend in July at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, the dates this poster promotes.

    This poster has an impressive line-up with The Band touring off their first two highly acclaimed albums, Music From Big Pink and The Band; the Grateful Dead promoting their brand new album, the masterpiece Workingman's Dead; and Janis Joplin tearing it up with her Kozmic Blues Band, but who would sadly pass away exactly three months after this weekend in Calgary.

    Other musicians advertised on this poster were Delaney & Bonnie, Mountain, Buddy Guy, Eric Andersen, Tom Rush, folk duo Ian & Sylvia with their new country-rock outfit Great Speckled Bird, one-hit American rock band Smith, and Canadian acts Mashmakan, James & the Good Bros. and (Robert) Charlebois.

    Condition details: There's a tiny 1/8" edge tear in the lower right, near "$10," which breaks color. There's also a two-inch diagonal crease in the lower left corner which breaks a bit of color. Some light crumpling to both lower edge areas, and just a tiny bit of edge bumping at various spots around the four edges, but very insignificant. None of this touches the purple & white artwork area, although there is a tiny amount of surface handling throughout.

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