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    THE PINNACLE OF HIPNESS ON THE SUNSET STRIP

    Velvet Underground / Andy Warhol 1966 The Trip, Los Angeles Concert Poster. An original silkscreened advertising window card for two weeks of The Velvet Underground and Nico plus a wild multi-media show dubbed the "Plastic Inevitable Show," presented by pop-culture icon Andy Warhol. The event took place at the short-lived Trip nightclub, "the New Shrine of Pop Culture," on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, CA.

    The dramatically cool artwork on this window card makes it extremely popular with collectors. It features a reproduction of artwork by Roy Lichtenstein (a legend in his own right) as illustrated on the front cover of Newsweek magazine, dated April 25, 1966. The poster also displays Warhol's Campbell Soup Kids in the lower right corner, and some intriguing press quotes from The New York Times, Time magazine, Newsweek and even Warhol himself.

    Warhol and his cadre called this series of events "The Exploding Plastic Inevitable Show," while sometimes excluding the word "Exploding," as in this case. They were truly multi-media extravaganzas, similar to the west coast's Acid Tests thrown by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. The whole thing was the brainchild of Warhol, combining performances by the Velvet Underground and Nico (a year before their debut album was released) with light shows, dancing and Warhol films.

    The Velvets were supported by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention and accompanied by members of Warhol's entourage including Edie Sedgwick, Gerard Malanga and Mary Woronov. Although scheduled for a two-week residency, the shows ground to a halt after just three days when the Sheriff's Department closed the club down. Nonetheless, numerous stars were spotted at the three nights that did happen, including Sonny and Cher, Jack Nicholson, Jim Morrison and Ryan O'Neal.

    A highly desirable poster sought by collectors of both rock music and Pop Art. Measures 14" x 22" and grades to Near Mint Minus condition. COA from Heritage Auctions.

    Literature: See Grushkin, Paul, The Art of Rock Posters from Presley to Punk, Abbeville Press, New York, 1987, p.271 (illus.).


    More Information: A very small edge bump & tear to the lower right of "L" in "Warhol" has been expertly repaired. Lower left corner shows a small bump and slight crease. Otherwise in sharp, crisp, unused condition. The faint vertical lines commencing at the top of the magazine cover, detectable in places going down (and including a small blotch of white on the red to the right of "Pop") and going down thru the venue info, appearing as ever-so-slight smears, are strictly printer's anomalies and not considered damage of any kind.




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