Big Brother and the Holding Company Poster
The trance-like stare of BG065 hints at the Eastern mysticism influence on the experimentation of the 1960's. Symmetrical in composition, Big Brother & the Holding Co. headline a blues offering.
The 1st printing of the poster pre-dates the concert and is characterized by its gold background and rich dark red accents and lettering. It measures 14" x 23".
The 2nd printing has a silvery background and bright fluorescent red accents and lettering. It was printed after the concert and is larger, measuring 14" x 23 3/4".
The 3rd printing is on coated matte stock. It was printed in 2022 by Wolfgang's in a 100 copy run. This reprint measures 14" x 23".
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.