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Straight Theater Grand Opening Grateful Dead 1967 AOR Poster
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Current price $450.00
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Location: new york
Started: 11/26/2017 11:00:00 PM
Ended: 12/4/2017 11:39:00 PM
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 Original 1st printing 19 x 25" concert poster for the 9/21-23/1967 Grand Opening week of shows held at the Straight Theater in San Francisco, CA.

 Performers listed include: Quicksilver Messenger Service, Mount Rushmore, Mother Earth and the New Salvation Army Band (9/21), Country Joe & the Fish, the Charlatans, Blue Cheer and Freedom Highway (9/22) and the Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin), Wildflower and Phoenix (9/23).

 Art by Frank Melton, image is featured in the Art of Rock book on page 200 (plate 2.220).

 Medium-thick glossy stock poster is in decent (B/B-) condition; a moderate to heavy amount of edge/corner wear (scattered tack/pin holes, small edge tears, nicks, etc.), a couple of decent-sized horizontal tears in the right margin (taped on the reverse), a small staple wedge tear just below the "S" of "Straight", a series of semi-pronounced handling/pinch dings, stray pin-prick surface stains, light/subtle toning and a fair amount of moisture warp to the paper, otherwise fine.

 Conditional issues aside, it is still a very presentable example of the Grand Opening poster from the legendary Haight-Ashbury ballroom. Virtually all of the biggest early San Francisco bands played the opening week, except for Jefferson Airplane (they were on a national tour).

 Check out a WILD recording of the Dead backing the one and only Neal Cassady (jamming on "Lovelight" and general weirdness while Neal raps) on 9/23; 


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