Our vintage concert postcards commemorate shows from Fillmore East, Fillmore West, Winterland and Avalon Ballroom.
There is a lot, literally, on the mind in this Wilson poster. Mixed fare including Jefferson Airplane, Jimmy Reed and the Stu Gardner Trio weigh in with mixed images of beauty, the primitive and creation in this aptly named Truth Search.
The postcard was printed once before the concert. There are four varieties of this 1st printing postcard.
1st printing A is the dark pink salmon color of the poster and measures 4 15/16" x 7 1/8". The chin of the lower face in the image is the same color as the rest of the face.
1st printing B is the same dark pink salmon color, but the chin of the lower face in the image is brown. It also measures 4 15/16" x 7 1/8".
1st printing C is a darker orange rust color and measures 4 15/16" x 7 1/4". The chin of the lower face is the same color as the rest of the face.
1st printing D is the same darker orange rust color, but the chin of the lower face is brown. It measures 4 15/16" x 7 1/4".
When the Avalon Ballroom and Bill Graham's Fillmore Auditorium began to hold weekly dance concerts, Wilson was called upon to design the posters. He created psychedelic posters from February 1966 to May 1967, when disputes over money severed his connection with Graham. Wilson pioneered the psychedelic rock poster. Intended for a particular audience, "one that was tuned in to the psychedelic experience," his art, and especially the exaggerated freehand lettering, emerged from Wilson's own involvement with that experience and the psychedelic art of light shows.