Bio of Poster Guy Michael Erlewine
Bio of Poster GuyMichael ErlewineMichael Erlewine is the founder ofClassicPosters.com. Erlewine's interestin posters goes back to the '60s, wherehe performed as a musician at some ofthe famous poster venues, places likethe Fillmore West, the Matrix, NewOrleans House, the Straight Theater,and the Haight A on the West Coast,and all over the Midwest, at venues likeThe Living End, Chessmate, MotherBlues, and of course, the GrandeBallroom, just to name a few.
Michael Erlewine -- A Brief Bio
Prime Movers Blues Band at the Living End, 1966
Raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan, MichaelErlewine began playing music back inthe early '60s, when fueled by the booksof Jack Kerouac and other beat writers,he dropped out of high school in 1960and traveled to and lived in Venice Westand San Francisco's North Beach. By1961, he was playing acoustic guitarand hanging out with the folk-musicscene, traveling from coast to coast. Hehitchhiked with Bob Dylan in 1961 andhelped to put on Dylan's first concert inAnn Arbor. Michael Erlewine lived inBerkeley for a year in 1964, taking in allthat the Bay Area had to offer, such asthe pure Sandos product. He wasassistant manager of Discount Recordsin Berkeley, and continued to learnabout music and participate in the post-beatnik and the pre-hippie movement.In 1965, Erlewine returned to Ann Arborand during that summer, with his brotherDaniel, formed the Prime Movers BluesBand, one of the first (if not the first)hippie-style band in the region. ThePrime Movers became a local force inthe Midwest. Michael Erlewine was thelead singer and played amplifiedChicago-style harmonica. Iggy Pop wastheir drummer and, in fact, got hisnickname name "Iggy" from his stint inthe group.