Our vintage concert handbills feature performances from the Fillmore, Fillmore East, Winterland, the Avalon Ballroom and more.
The Blues Bash, featuring two different bills splitting six days evenly, was represented in Conklin's symmetrical, twin satyr poster. The satyr figure is unusual; the business end here is human, a reversal of the usual construction. Ike and Tina Turner made an appearance at the Fillmore West at this Bash.
The handbill measures 4 5/8" x 6 15/16" and displays a calendar of upcoming Bill Graham events on the reverse. It was printed before the concert.
There were also some pre-concert double-sized mailers printed that were conjoined with the BG127 image (see BG127/128). They measure 4 5/8" x 14 1/4".
Lee Conklin's early influences were pen and ink masters Heinrich Kley and Saul Steinberg.After seeing articles featuring Wes Wilson's poster art, Conklin was inspired to visit San Francisco and show his art to Bill Graham. Conklin was soon commissioned to do posters and produced 31 original designs for the Fillmore between 1968 and 1969. Conklin rendered both graphics and calligraphy in intricate detail. What began as a personal challenge to disguise images within images and lettering soon turned into a concerted effort to turn every single letter and figure into another form, stretching the imagination to new limits.