Our vintage concert handbills feature performances from the Fillmore, Fillmore East, Winterland, the Avalon Ballroom and more.
Considered one of Greg Irons' finest pieces, the artist indulged his penchant for cartooning and had rock and roll great Chuck Berry, decked out in his wing-tips and white suit, soar over the San Francisco music scene.
The handbill was printed once before the concert. It presents a calendar of upcoming Bill Graham events on the reverse, and it measures 4 1/4" x 6 15/16".
There were also some pre-concert postcard mailers printed that were conjoined with the BG194 image (see BG193/194). They measure 6 7/8" x 9 3/8".
Irons moved to San Francisco in 1967 and roamed around Haight-Ashbury with his sketchbook, creating images he would later use in his posters. As usual, promoter Bill Graham needed a poster in a hurry, and Irons succeeded in producing one overnight. As his talent as a draftsman developed, a distinctive line quality and refined sense of balance set Irons' posters apart. His cartoonist inclinations are often evident, and he became one of the seminal figures in underground comics. Irons also found work producing album graphics and book illustration, but it was the art of tattooing that became his passion.