Rolling Stones 1969 Complete, Unused Concert Tickets – Four Different

Four scarce, authentic 1969 full and unused tickets for The Rolling Stones’ 1969 tour of the United States, all from different cities.

These four collectible Rolling Stones complete tickets are enthusiastically lectured upon by long-time collector Pete Howard. That’s me, and I can be communicated with at pete@postercentral.com or by telephoning (805) 540-0020. And please remember that I pay BEST DOLLAR IN THE HOBBY, period, for unused concert tickets from the 1970s or older.

If you’d like to see a few more rare & unusual rock concert tickets and stubs, including one to the very first Stones show ever in America, just click on this page right here on my Web site: http://www.postercentral.com/tickets.htm

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Unique Original Artwork for Rick Griffin’s Human Be-In Poster

A rare & valuable piece of original San Francisco concert-poster artwork: the original art board for the poster promoting January 1967’s “Human Be-In,” as hand-drawn by famous poster artist Rick Griffin.

This great piece of music memorabilia is enthusiastically discussed by long-time hobbyist Pete Howard. That’s me, and I can be reached at pete@postercentral.com or by calling (805) 540-0020. And please remember that I pay TOP DOLLAR IN THE HOBBY, period, for vintage pieces of S.F. psychedelia like this.

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Count Basie Concert Posters – 1940s Vintage Plus 1967 Fillmore Aud.

A highly attractive, early Count Basie window card from the 1940’s along with another one from 1967 at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California.

This Count Basie poster board is enthusiastically discussed by long-time collector Pete Howard. That’s me, and I can be reached at pete@postercentral.com or by calling (805) 540-0020. And please remember that I pay TOP DOLLAR IN THE HOBBY, period, for vintage big band posters like this.

To see more scarce & collectible big-band concert placards, just hustle over to this page right here on my Web site: http://www.postercentral.com/jazz.htm

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Beatles Shea Stadium Window Card 1965 – Authentic, Not Bootleg

A scarce, vintage 1965 Beatles Shea Stadium concert poster used to sell tickets for the biggest show of the Fab Four’s career.

The funny thing about this window card is that rock’s biggest act ever ends up sharing most of the bill with many other musicians!

But a stand-alone Beatles Shea Stadium placard was not needed in 1965 – the Fabs could have sold this show out many times over with one single radio DJ announcement.

So New York promoter Sid Bernstein drew up a poster that advertised five upcoming events spread over early summer, with the mop-tops being the one far-away date.

So strictly as a collector’s item, this piece is referred to (by me) as a Beatles Shea Stadium tour poster. But the truth is, it also hawked tickets to upcoming shows by:

Herman’s Hermits, Saturday June 12 at the Academy of Music

The Dave Clark 5, Friday June 18 at the Academy of Music

The Kinks & the Moody Blues, –First American Concert-, Saturday June 19 at the Academy of Music

The First New York Film Festival, June 17 through June 20 at Carnegie Hall, featuring Phil Ochs, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash and Buffy St. Marie

So there’s eight other well-known musicians listed here, but I’m still calling this a Beatles Shea Stadium broadside because they’re the ones with all the staying power, of course.

Besides the four listed on the poster, many other stellar musicians played at the New York Folk Festival, such as Muddy Waters, Mose Allison and Son House. It’s a shame their names couldn’t have appeared here, too.

I haven’t mentioned the ticket prices given on this Beatles Shea Stadium fence poster yet… and it’s hilarious, because the Moptops’ ducat price is only 15 pennies more than that of the other concerts!

Of course, the B’s were playing to over 55,000 people, whereas the other acts were at the comparatively small, intimate Academy of Music, so it’s pretty much a wash… I guess.

One might look at this Beatles Shea Stadium window display and wonder why it wasn’t bigger or more colorful. But we have to remember that in the mid-60s, pop music was still considered very much a passing fad, and wasn’t taken seriously by adults.

The bootleggers, however, did make a larger, more colorful version of this, which I show you in my video. It’s in bright red & yellow, and much bigger. But alas, it’s just a wishful-thinking merchandising poster invented decades later.

And speaking of boots, after showing you this genuine Beatles Shea Stadium window poster for a few minutes, I display some pictures of the most common bootlegs out there – just to school you on what to look out for.

What the public desperately wants – but which was never made – is a single concert poster advertising only this concert and date, and nothing else. With a nice photo of the boys on there, of course. SO… the “pirates” were happy to oblige, with all and sundry bootlegs that cover those requirements – and sold at flea markets for $10.

It’s essential for us to understand that promoters didn’t print these things up for fun; they were considered necessary marketing tools to sell out a gig. Thus, no real Beatles Shea Stadium show placard (printed before the concert) was needed at all in ’65.

But promoter Bernstein didn’t know that when he had this poster designed back in May of that year; he didn’t know yet that the public response would be overwhelming. Nobody had ever attempted such a large-scale rock concert before.

So it’s just kinda funny that you have this small, nondescript Beatles Shea Stadium telephone-pole poster representing the world’s biggest & most famous (at the time) rock concert in history. Ironic!

But imagine the giant leap forward in coolness if Bernstein had had his designer include photos of all the main musicians. Holy cow… to see the mugs of John, Paul, George & Ringo, plus Ray & Dave Davies, Justin Hayward, Peter Noone, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash, etc. Wow!

Speaking of those guys, so far my discourse here has all but ignored the other solid hit-makers found on this Beatles Shea Stadium street poster. The Fabs, after all, always grab the attention.

But heavens, the DC5 had already nailed eight hits in the U.S. Top 20 by this point. Herman’s Hermits was coming off four straight hits, the Kinks had had three and the Moodies had broken through with “Go Now” in the Top 10, with no less than future Wings member Denny Laine on guitar.

So you can talk all you want about this being a Beatles Shea Stadium concert advertisement only, but nay: It was packed with other British Invasion stars of the day.

And here we are, not even acknowledging the two members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame listed at the bottom: Chuck Berry and Johnny Cash. Wow, you wanna talk about added value!

One thing this Beatles Shea Stadium concert sign lacks is “bragging” by promoter Bernstein. For the Fabs’ 1966 concert here, the posters had “Sid Bernstein Presents” splashed across the top, above the Beatles’ name.

But for ’65, when everything was still unknown and unproven, and Sid was still establishing a foothold in pop music, his name is relegated to small print as part of a mail-order address, and nothing more.

This Beatles Shea Stadium pole poster is explained and discussed by long-time Beatles fan & collector Peter J. Howard. Yes that’s me, and I can be talked to at pete@postercentral.com or by calling 805-540-0020. And please know that I pay TOP DOLLAR IN THE HOBBY, period, for vintage Beatles concert memorabilia like this.

To see a few more original Beatles ticket posters from the United Kingdom, just move your cursor over to this page right here on my Web site: http://www.postercentral.com/beatles.htm. Thanks!

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Buffalo Springfield Handbill 1968 Last Concert w/Young and Stills

A fun, original Buffalo Springfield flier from May 5, 1968 at the Long Beach Sports Arena in the Los Angeles area.

This piece was used to advertise and sell tickets to the final time Neil Young and Stephen Stills ever played on stage with the Buff’s original band members.

This Buffalo Springfield ticket poster was exposed to a lot of daylight at one time, resulting in its “toned” appearance, not unlike a sun tan you’d get at the beach.

Additional wear & tear includes surface creases and a missing corner. However, it’s such a realistic artifact that I proudly loaned it to the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles for their 2014 exhibit called “The Laurel Canyon Sound.”

This Buffalo Springfield flyer was not made to withstand the elements; it was printed on thin paper stock, and measures 8” x 11 ½”.

The promoters also printed a larger poster for this event, so I’m guessing this smaller leaflet was doled out on store countertops, ticket agencies and the like.

On the occasion where I do encounter that larger Buffalo Springfield window card, I’ll be sure to blog it here.

The promoters billed this event as the Electric Carnival, a catchy name that captured the spirit of mid-60s rock ’n’ roll.

But above that moniker, this Buffalo Springfield poster board gives the name of the concert promoter… “Presented By: Concerts Inc.”

And then you see the two big words, “Electric Carnival.” Since there’s nothing but band names given here, one has to presume the term “carnival” was used loosely… just to create a vibe.

Time and again I’ve called this a Buffalo Springfield in-person poster, but let’s not forget everyone else on here. Two big names, in fact: Canned Heat and Country Joe & The Fish. (The latter is misspelled, with one “t” accidentally omitted from their name.)

Under that is The Hook, an L.A.-based band led by one Bobby Arlin, who had fronted The Leaves two years earlier. They had one hit which he sang, “Hey Joe,” so it’s a good bet they did that song on this particular occasion.

And bottom-listed here on this Buffalo Springfield event poster is special guest Smokestack Lightnin’, a blues-rock band also from Los Angeles which released an album the following year which had Warren Zevon playing on it.

The light show on this occasion was courtesy of Omega’s Eye, which gets two credits here, in keeping with the symmetrical design. But Masse didn’t just draw one and copy it for the other side, he obviously drew the two separately, because they’re slightly different.

As was customary (and still is today), no year is given in the date on this Buffalo Springfield appearance poster. It was probably printed in March or April, then thrown away in May and June, so who needed the year on there?

But it does have the unusual start time of 4 PM given. How fun is that? Total daylight when you entered the building, and probably dusk outside by the time the Buff hit the stage (7-ish maybe?).

Listed right below that on this Buffalo Springfield tour placard is the venue for the gig, the long-standing Long Beach Sports Arena. It was built in 1962, so it was still a fairly new, polished palace at the time.

The Arena is now just one element of the massive Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Hard to say how many folks would’ve attended the Electric Carnival, but seating capacity can very widely depending on need, from just a few thousand up to almost 14,000.

Then we get to the very bottom of this Buffalo Springfield street sign. It reads: “Ticket outlets. Long Beach Sports Arena and all Wallich’s Music City Agencies and Mutual Agencies.”

This was just before the dawn of the Ticketron (and later Ticketmaster) era, which means that each of those agencies named above had their own allotment of pre-printed “hard” tickets.

There’s almost a “split-fountain” effect in the design of this Buffalo Springfield show poster… the basic red gets blended with green is various places, especially the far right-hand side.

Here’s where I should give credit to the graphic designer, the well-known and respected Bob Masse… he signed his original artwork down around the lower right-hand region.

What Masse had in mind with his design of this Buffalo Springfield concert placard, nobody knows… I see a bug possibly, or maybe even a car. But I’ll bet it’s just fun, abstract artwork.

Masse was originally based in Vancouver, British Columbia, and did concert posters in the sixties for gigs up and down the West Coast, including the Doors, the Airplane and the Dead.

Any Steve Stills or Neil Young collector would probably want to add this Buffalo Springfield concert advertisement to their collection, just because of its historic nature (last show).

But granted, if it’s aesthetic value and attractiveness you’re seeking, I won’t pretend this is the best-looking Buff concert piece out there (grin).

But if you really had to have an attractive Buffalo Springfield fence poster for your collection, you could always turn to 2011’s reunion tour.

The trouble with that is, original members Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer weren’t part of those reunion shows.

This Buffalo Springfield broadside is enthusiastically waxed over by serious music collector Peter Howard, and I can be reached at pete@postercentral.com or by Ma Bell’ing (805) 540.0020. And do remember that I pay TOP DOLLAR IN THE HOBBY, bar none, for any vintage Buffalo Springfield concert memorabilia.

I wish I had another original Buffalo Springfield billboard to show off, but since I don’t, you can see a few closely related (including C,S,N&Y) rock-music handbills on this page of my hobby web site: http://www.postercentral.com/handbillsandflyers.htm

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