The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Poster
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 poster was only printed once before the concert and measures 13 15/16" x 21".
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.