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    ELEVEN YEARS BEFORE HIS FIRST ALBUM

    Stevie Ray Vaughan / Blackbird 1972 Amazingly Early Austin, TX Silkscreened Concert Poster. A rare cardboard concert poster for guitar god Stevie Ray Vaughan's very first band, Blackbird, at the South Door Saloon in Texas' state capitol of Austin in the summer of 1972. This 48-year-old advertising window card features beautiful orange & brown artwork silkscreened onto the white board.

    Blackbird concert posters are few and far between, and highly coveted by collectors. There were many more posters made for The Cobras, another 1970's SRV band, than there were for Blackbird, the band Stevie formed when he was still in high school. This is the very first Blackbird concert poster Heritage has ever been able to offer in our long history, so we're excited.

    Measures 14 1/8" x 22" and graded Near Mint Minus. COA from Heritage Auctions.


    More Information: It's been well-documented that only 100 silkscreened prints were made for each of artist Robert Burns' popular Blackbird posters, and they seldom come up for sale half-a-century later. Rock-music collecting had not gained much traction yet in 1972 – Goldmine magazine was still two years away – so the posters were seemingly only saved for their artwork appeal, by those in Austin and surrounds.

    And strong appeal they had. This poster's simple southwestern/American-Indian feel with its eagle and brown & orange colors is one of the most popular of all of Burns' designs.

    Robert A. Burns - whose last-name signature is printed as part of the artwork in the lower-right orange corner – was schooled at the University of Texas. He went on to become an art director and production designer in the movie business. His work is well-known in the horror genre, including motion pictures such as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Re-Animator and The Howling. (Burns passed away in 2004.)

    Condition details: Very slight toning from age around all four edges. Couple of small margin bumps creating indents on both top and bottom near the center. Upper right corner also slightly dinged. Image area is flawless.


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