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    Jimi Hendrix 1968 Fillmore East Concert Poster FE-7, Very First One Printed & Signed in '68 (AOR-2.90). Poster artist David Byrd's masterwork for the Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Fillmore East in May 1968. And what a backstory this beauty has: It was the very first poster off the printing press and proofed by the famous poster artist, David Byrd, who then proceeded to sign it at the bottom that very first year, and maybe even that first day.

    So what we have here is not only a first printing of one of the most iconic psychedelic concert posters of the 1960's, but the very first one to leave the press, and into the personal collection of the poster's creator. Byrd himself proudly put the poster up in his home, taking it with him each time he moved, which accounts for the pinholes in the corners. Brilliant provenance for this wildly popular poster, second best only to Hendrix himself having it.

    Byrd, of course, is famous for designing many important concert posters of the 1960's, among them: the original Woodstock - An Aquarian Exposition poster in Wallkill, NY, before it changed locations; the Rolling Stones' 1969 American comeback 'tour blank' poster; other Fillmore East concert posters for The Who and the Jefferson Airplane; the Grateful Dead at Nassau Coliseum in 1973; and the only 'tour blank' that Hendrix himself ever used, over many shows in early 1969.

    The way Byrd meticulously created those hundreds of little circles all over this poster, especially in the blending of Jimi's, Noel's and Mitch's afros, is simply spellbinding. And its pink and orange coloring gives it almost a unique appearance amongst psych posters.

    Measures 14 1/4" x 22" and in Very Good Plus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    More Information: A lot of people don't realize that Jimi wasn't on tour at this time, even though he seemingly spent all of 1968 touring. No, it was studio time for Jimi and he was in the middle of recording his classic Electric Ladyland album at Electric Lady studios just a stone's throw from the Fillmore East. Want to know exactly what the Experience sounded like for these two shows? Well, in the previous 10 days Jimi had recorded both "Voodoo Chile" and "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)," a pair of masterpieces from his upcoming double album. That's what Jimi sounded like at the time of this poster.

    And there's terrific added value in the fact that a new & upcoming group called Sly & the Family Stone opened the two shows, although not famous enough yet to be mentioned on the poster. They had one hit to their credit so far, the amazingly infectious "Dance to the Music," which had just slipped out of the national Top 10. Their next single would completely stiff, but after that, in the fall? "Everyday People." So attendees to these shows, you might say, got experienced twice.

    Notice how the second show on this night started at 11:30 PM. Another wow. So you had the always-tardy Sly opening the show – wonder if he made it by midnight – and then Jimi starting his set at what, one in the morning? Nothing like a little live Hendrix music from 1:00-3:00 AM on a Friday night.

    Condition details: The only flaws are with the corners; the upper left corner has three pin holes, the upper right two, the lower left four and the lower right three. The image area / body of the poster is super clean, both crease- and blemish-free. For full disclosure, there are a couple of small dots on the orange border halfway down the right-hand side, and three more very tiny ones a bit further down. Right by those first two dots there's a tiny white ding on the orange poster's edge, which might be a microscopic tear. Also a small dark mark on the uppermost edge above the word "New." The top two corners also have small creasing from being bumped. Poster's left edge has three nudges about halfway down, causing a little white to show. None of these detract from the poster's stunning artwork and overall beauty.

    Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock - Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, p.157 (illus.).

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