An absolute first printing of the famous Jimi Hendrix Experience concert poster by John Van Hamersveld for Jimi’s gig at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on February 10, 1968.
This authentic Pinnacle Concert poster for Jimi Hendrix at the Shrine has dimensions of about 19 by 28”. Instead of being manufactured on cardboard, this poster was printed on paper.
Van Hamersveld’s Hendrix concert poster is widely regarded as a classic in the genre, primarily due to its stunning eye appeal… it’s simply as compelling as a concert poster can get.
You might note that this first-printing Jimi Hendrix Van Hamersveld concert poster has Jimi’s face drawn on a white background which turns creamy with the passage of time. After-show printings, even those done later in the year 1968, switched to a metallic-silver background color.
The bottom blue border is also a “tell” when determining first prints of this item. The original Hendrix concert poster has only the signature “J. Van Hamersveld” down in the lower right blue border; reproductions added words in the lower left blue border, such as Personality Posters as the distributor, and so forth.
The entire text found on this Jimi Hendrix window display, all coming below Van Hamersveld’s illustration of Hendrix:
Pinnacle Concert Sat Feb 10 (no year given, but 1968 of course) – JIMI HENDRIX & The Soft Machine with The Electric Flag and Blue Cheer (all in varying letter sizes, depending on space)
(Then below the orange stripe): Shrine Auditorium 8:30 PM – Reserved Seats Now Available At All Wallich’s Music City Stores (where I used to work, by the way!) and All Mutual Agencies
(Final line): Visuals by Thomas Edison Lights & Acme Cinema
I find it fascinating that this psychedelic concert poster by Van Hamersveld states only “Jimi Hendrix” and omits “Experience” from the headliner’s name, even though he was definitely touring as the Experience at the time.
All this poster-talk is about Hendrix, of course, but I dig the fact that this original tour poster shows that Jimi Hendrix was supported by Soft Machine, Electric Flag and Blue Cheer at the Shrine Auditorium in 1968. What a collection of late-sixties free-form rock ’n’ roll!
This authentic, first-printing Jimi Hendrix show poster is displayed and explained by music-memorabilia collector Pete Howard (locate me at 805-540-0020 or firstname.lastname@example.org). I pay the very best prices, period, for original 1960s concert memorabilia!
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