Everything about this Randy Tuten artwork was sleek; the passenger train express, the industrial ductwork and the nose-diving blimp. The more liquid lettering, advertising The Jeff Beck Group, Aynsley Dunbar and Zephyr, a short-lived bluesy-rock band from Colorado, provided decorative counterpoint to the mechanical systems.
Our vintage concert handbills feature performances from the Fillmore, Fillmore East, Winterland, the Avalon Ballroom and more.
The 1st printing handbill was printed before the concert and has a calendar of upcoming Bill Graham events on the reverse. It measures 4 5/8" x 7".
1st printing A handbill also measures 4 5/8" x 7" and was printed before the concert, but this variant prints over the bottom half of the reverse side calendar to cancel the appearance by Jeff Beck and announce instead a show by Country Joe and the Fish and Chuck Berry. The 1st printing does not modify that information.
There were also some pre-concert double-sized mailers printed that were conjoined with the BG169 image (see BG168/169). They display the reverse calendar as shown in the original 1st printing and measure 4 5/8" x 7".
Randy Tuten is the only poster artist whose work spans five decades of design for The Fillmore. The 23 year-old San Francisco native was hired by Bill Graham in January, 1969, and their mutual taste for traditional, readable design style led to a long-lasting work relationship. Although influenced by the compositions of "Fillmore Five" artists Mouse, Kelley and Griffin, Tuten avoided "... Heavy meaning in my posters." Tuten's style reflected his skill as a draftsman, and his designs evolved into an eclectic mix of graphic imagery, lettering and photographs.