Our vintage concert handbills feature performances from the Fillmore, Fillmore East, Winterland, the Avalon Ballroom and more.
Although Bonnie MacLean was no longer the main Fillmore poster artist, she did the calligraphy for this black and white collage advertising an appearance by Ike and Tina Turner in a style reminiscent of her chalkboard-artist beginnings.
The handbill was only printed once prior to the concert and presents a calendar of upcoming Bill Graham events on the reverse. It measures 4 5/8" x 7".
There were also some pre-concert double-sized mailers printed that were conjoined with BG197 image (see BG197/198). They measure 7" x 9 1/4".
During the early days of the Fillmore, MacLean was the most "present" member of the staff. She collected tickets, passed out handbills, blew up balloons and counted money for Fillmore productions. Impressed with her lettering skill on the upcoming attractions chalkboards, Bill Graham surprised her with an easel and art supplies for Christmas, 1967, and MacLean's poster artist career was launched. Untrained in graphic arts, MacLean's early style evolved into ornate, Medieval-Gothic designs. Faces in her posters wore trance-like stares, steady and serene, and evoke the detached spirituality of the sixties.