Quicksilver Messenger Service Poster
The Independence Ball was three days of great music that included appearances by three of the top four San Francisco bands: The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother & the Holding Co. Not long after this concert, Grace Slick would leave the Great Society to join the Airplane.
The 1st printing poster was printed before the concert and has union logo 72 in the lower right corner. It measures 14" x 20".
The 2nd printing is on uncoated matte stock and has "W 2021" in the lower right hand margin. It was printed in 2021 by Wolfgang's in a 100 copy run. This reprint measures 14" x 20".
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.