The Rolling Stones Poster
The Rolling Stones concert in November, 1969 included a lot of firsts: the first time the band played for Bill Graham, the first time Graham booked a place as large as the Oakland Coliseum and the first time Graham saw a performance contract that included a rider detailing what the band expected in amenities on the road. Graham and The Stones had a rocky relationship, and the egos of Bill and Mick Jagger clashed frequently and monumentally.
The 1st printing poster is identified by the presence of a black indentation in the innermost silver border beneath the photograph directly below Bill Wyman's (on the far right) left foot. Also, at the top of the poster to the right of the second "S" in "Stones", some fine white vertical stripping errors are visible in the black background. This original poster was printed before the concert in a run of 3,000, and it measures 13 15/16" x 22 1/16".
The 2nd printing lacks both the white stripping errors and indentation in the silver border found in the original printing. These reprints measure 14" x 22" and were printed on 11/25/1974 in a run of 5,000.
The 3rd printing is on glossy cover stock and bears the notation "Wolfgang's Vault" in the lower right hand margin. It was printed in 2014 by the Bill Graham Archives LLC in a 500 copy run and measures 20 3/8" x 31 3/4".
Randy Tuten is the only poster artist whose work spans five decades of design for The Fillmore. The 23 year-old San Francisco native was hired by Bill Graham in January, 1969, and their mutual taste for traditional, readable design style led to a long-lasting work relationship. Although influenced by the compositions of "Fillmore Five" artists Mouse, Kelley and Griffin, Tuten avoided "... Heavy meaning in my posters." Tuten's style reflected his skill as a draftsman, and his designs evolved into an eclectic mix of graphic imagery, lettering and photographs.