Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band Poster
The 1st and 2nd printings are identical and there is a considerable amount of ink variation among both printings, so the colors, particularly in the ticket outlet strip information, range from blue to green, though that does not denote different printing. Both printings are 14 1/8" x 20" on vellum with "The Bindweed Press San Francisco" in the bottom left corner, and both are considered pre-concert originals.
The post-concert 3rd printing, so named because distinguishing features to identify a 2nd printing are lacking, is 14 1/8" x 20 1/2" on uncoated index and notes "No. 23-3" in the lower left corner. "(c) Family Dog Productions 1725 Washington Street San Francisco" is in the lower right corner.
As a founding member of the Family Dog, Kelley handled promotions for the events at the Avalon Ballroom, drawing posters and handbills. He soon met up with Stanley Mouse, and their association nurtured Kelley's success as an artist. Kelley had a natural talent for collage and a keen eye for culling and combining imagery and styles from diverse sources. Teamed with Mouse's drafting skill, collaborations became increasingly sophisticated, yet irreverent. Kelley always worked by hand, producing posters and other print graphics for a wide array of entertainment-oriented clients.