The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Postcard
BG072 is one of the more famous images of poster artist Bonnie MacLean. As part of Bill Graham's penchant for pairing different musical forms on one bill, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, perhaps the greatest saxophone soloist in the history of jazz, opened for the Butterfield Blues Band.
The postcard was only printed once prior to the concert. It measures 4 1/2" x 6 15/16".
There were also some pre-concert double-sized mailers printed that were conjoined with the BG073 image (see BG072/073). They measure 4 1/2" x 14".
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.