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Jimi Hendrix Cream Pink Floyd BBQ '67 1st UK Small Poster
Listing # 3901
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Current price $1,955.00
Starting bid: $1,800.00
Quantity: 1
# of bids: 7
Closes: Auction is closed
Location: new york
Started: 5/29/2011 11:00:00 PM
Ended: 6/6/2011 11:45:00 PM
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Original 1st printing 8 & 1/2" x 13 & 7/8" small-edition concert poster for "Barbeque '67", an all-day show at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincolnshire, England on 5/29/1967. Poster lists performances by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream (featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce), Pink Floyd (with Syd Barrett), the Move, Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band, Zoot Money & His Big Roll Band and Sounds Force Five. There were (2) original formats of this image (details of the assorted differences are described below), this is the smaller version of the two. Medium flat vellum stock poster is in OK/decent (B-) condition; a set of horizontal/vertical folds with a couple of splits along the left center seam and the top center, numerous areas of stress cracking/creasing, a moderate degree of surface wear/handling (several small areas of chipping/wear), a set of decent-sized tack/nail holes in the bottom margins, toning, etc... this example was one of a tiny (less than 10) stash of original 1st printing small format posters that had been stashed by a member of the support group (Sounds Force Five). They were apparently discovered in an attic in England a few years ago, all of them exhibiting mostly identical degrees of wear/tear. The one previously known example (only one that I'm aware of) that was photographed for "Electric Gypsy" (and subsequently reproduced elsewhere- Expressobeans, for example) appears to be a large-format/fly-posting version (based on the proportions of the folds, size of the tears, etc.), which has several notable differences. The most obvious standouts are the different spellings of "Accommodation" and "Atmosphere" on the two posters (both words misspelled on the larger version), in addition to text placement, slight difference in a couple of the fonts and one or two very subtle differences. As with MANY UK (and other) concert posters I've seen over the years, there are two (or more) versions/formats. Often (as seems to be the case here), the first version to get displayed isn't necessarily the final version- stripping/spelling errors are corrected, the lineup changes, or an additional run is required before the show as last minute advertising. I have closely inspected this poster under light- it is definitely printed using an offset press, and an old one at that. The edges of all of the letters are VERY sharp/crisp, indicating that this example had to have been printed using the original offset lettering- if it HAD been reprinted from another existing copy, areas of ink would have filled in, the lettering would have degraded/gotten blurry and it would have had the same misspellings as the large one. Not only that, I could actually see the paper fibers from where the ink had seeped into the paper, and it's OLD. It's not like any current/modern paper stock I've seen- it's a very unusual pulpy/fibrous stock that's consistent with other similar UK pieces I've seen over the years. This was a big show, even by early 1967 standards- and was the ONLY time Hendrix, Cream and Pink Floyd all appeared on the same bill. A MONSTER piece.

 

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