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Classic Posters Interview With Ed Walker of S.F. Rock by Michael Erlewine

Classic Posters Interview With Ed Walker of S.F. Rock by Michael Erlewine

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These are articles on concert-music posters and poster collecting from the site ClassicPosters.com founded by award-winning archivist of popular culture Michael Erlewine who founded All-Music Guide, All-Movie Guide, Astrologyland.com and many other popular Internet sites. All articles copyright and written or produced by Michael Erlewine. Do visit ClassicPosters.com in its current incarnation.
These are articles on concert-music posters and poster collecting from the site ClassicPosters.com founded by award-winning archivist of popular culture Michael Erlewine who founded All-Music Guide, All-Movie Guide, Astrologyland.com and many other popular Internet sites. All articles copyright and written or produced by Michael Erlewine. Do visit ClassicPosters.com in its current incarnation.

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Classic Posters Interview with Ed Walker of S.F. Rock by Michael Erlewine
 
Classic Posters Interview with EdWalker of S.F. Rock by MichaelErlewine
ED WALKER: Farm and my garden and
my orchard… I'm out there playing on
my tractor and my loader and mullin' theweeds. That's what I like doin'. I wasborn and raised on a farm that's all Ilearned how to do when I was a kid.Michael Erlewine: let me set this over byyou and we'll just talk for minute. Ok,first of all what's your birth date and yearwhen were you born?ED WALKER: May 25, 1945Michael Erlewine: And where?ED WALKER: I was born in Brush,Colorado.Michael Erlewine: And what was yourgiven name?ED WALKER: Edward George Walker.Michael Erlewine: Cool, now what wewhat we want to know is a couple
things. One would be… and it can be in
whatever order, I wonder how, how yougot into this. We also want to know, howyou were connected with the scene inthe 60's and how did you integrate tothat, I mean what part of it did you see,
or not see…
 ED WALKER: I got here I came fromColorado in 1965 and lived in the bayarea ever since, and started in theantique business in 1973. I started withfurniture and did that for 15 years, didtoys for a few years and in 1989 Iswitched over to paper and posters andbeen in it ever since.And I just like collecting and I was, like Isaid, my cousin told me that these rockand roll posters are gonna' be great anda good thing to do in the future, and Iwent that direction, but I never got to beon the scene. I moved here in 1965, butI didn't really get into the scene until1970, so I missed all the good ones. Imissed Janis, and Jimmy and all those. Imissed 'um. I didn't get into the scene'till after it's over.Michael Erlewine: Could talk about whatyou like about the posters? I mean, sureit's an investment thing, but they'rebeautiful things.ED WALKER: They're beautiful, yeah. Imean I got into because I like the art. Imean you know, it is a form of art thatcame out of that era that changed thiswhole world. It changed the wholeUnited States then, in the 60's. And partof it is the posters and being they'relimited too.Michael Erlewine: And this stuff isappreciating, right?ED WALKER: Oh definitely. It hasn'tstopped rising as you know. It hasn'tleveled off. It keeps getting better andbetter and harder to find.Michael Erlewine: And more, would yousay more and more people areinterested in collecting this stuff?ED WALKER: Oh, I got new peoplecoming all the time, young peoplecollecting old style.Michael Erlewine: Really?ED WALKER: Oh yeah, and then peoplethat were there at the time, and nowthey've got a little money, and they'reinto their later years. Man. I'm gonna'collect some of the stuff I had before. Afew people really get into it. They seethat it's not only an investment, but it'snice stuff. You know a lot of peoplemake an investment and they go put it ina safety deposit box. Here you can buy
 
Classic Posters Interview with Ed Walker of S.F. Rock by Michael Erlewine
 
your nice piece and enjoy it on the wallas it appreciates.Michael Erlewine: What do youngpeople see in the old stuff?ED WALKER: Well, the young people, Imean the ones that are into music.Nowadays is pretty hard to create new
music. when you know the …
 Michael Erlewine: It was all done.ED WALKER: It was done, and nowthey're just fine tuning it or distorting it,and it's not like a personal thing for theartist. In them days, they put it together
and it's… but the new people that
realize that that this is the art of themusic, and they're collecting that,because they were the founders, theearly people, you know?Michael Erlewine: Do you carry the newposter stuff?ED WALKER: Oh yeah.ED WALKER: It's new, and I carry itbecause the people are collecting it.You know, the people that like the newbands or whatever, they're collecting itnow, and then, down the road, I'm surethat they'll keep collecting more. And allthe new stuff now, even though it's new,it's still collectable. It's numbered. A lotof it's numbered, and then they gotartists doin' it to, and it is good work,even though a lot of it's computergenerated. It's still nice art.Michael Erlewine: Yeah, what about allthe punk stuff? All the handbills, and theMabuhay Gardens and the KennelClubs. Do you carry any of that?ED WALKER: Yeah, I carry it.Michael Erlewine: Does that sell?ED WALKER: Well, a few people. It'snot as, as popular as the common,everyday stuff, but there are peoplecollecting everything.Michael Erlewine: Do you think it willgrow in the future?ED WALKER: Oh, definitely.Michael Erlewine: And whether it'scolorful or not?ED WALKER: Yeah, a lot of the Punkstuff was black and white or whatever,but still, it was so vividly produced that itis good stuff and it will be popular. It'spopular now because there's not a lot ofit.Michael Erlewine: But you guys don'tissue posters.ED WALKER: No. I don't reproduce. Ihave produced two posters since I'vebeen here, but I've never reproduced aposter. We get everything just get off thestreet. And everything's authentic. Wetry to strictly stay to the real stuff. I don'tdeal in seconds and thirds orreproduction. I don't advertise them,even though I do carry some for thepeople that can't afford the $1000poster. They can buy a $150 secondprinting.Michael Erlewine: Right!ED WALKER: Even though they call it areprint, it was still done at the time, butyou know, it's all documented andwhatever. So I do carry some, but I liketo deal the original rare stuff. That'swhat we strive for here.Michael Erlewine: And you do handlesome original art? I saw some out theretoday.ED WALKER: Yes, original art, one of akind, things. Most of that is only doneone time, the original art, and that's kind
 
Classic Posters Interview with Ed Walker of S.F. Rock by Michael Erlewine
 
of like what I stress. I like to have therare stuff and the original art.And original art is getting in demand too.A lot of people feel, well, I got theposter, and maybe if I could find theoriginal art, I'll buy that too.Michael Erlewine: And your customersaren't just San Francisco peopleED WALKER: No, I deal with everybodyall over the world.Michael Erlewine: Really.ED WALKER: I have my web site, withpeople from all over the world. Peopleall over the world want to trade, and theweb site has helped me tremendously ingetting out to the world, and there arepeople all over the world collecting thisstuff.Michael Erlewine: And when were youfounded. When did this start?ED WALKER: I started in 1991. I starteddown on Fisherman's Wharf at theCannery. I started and opened up agallery there with a partner. I had RickGriffin as a partner.Michael Erlewine: Really.ED WALKER: And Rick Griffin had put95 pieces of original art work on thewall, and unfortunately Rick died threemonths after we opened up, on June1st, 1991. Rick had his fatal accident onthe 15th of August. And so, it kind ofdrove me into a spin. I lost Rick. He wasmy partner at the time, and he wasgonna' do some art work for us at thegallery, and do a few things for us, andhe ended up gone and that kind of putus in a spin. Then I moved into thislocation and I've been in the same spotsince 1992.Michael Erlewine: What are some of likethe rarest posters now. What are someof the most in-demand rare posters?What are the most common really rareones that people ask for.ED WALKER: A lot of people ask or aretrying to get the early Family Dogs andthe early Bill Grahams, early like the firsttwenty are hard to get. It's the early stuffthat's in demand. Jimi Hendrix stuff isalways the best, hardest, hardest to find.Michael Erlewine: More than GratefulDead?ED WALKER: More.Michael Erlewine: Oh really!ED WALKER: I mean Hendrix stuff ismore in demand, I think. I mean there'sa lot of Grateful Dead fans, but JimiHendrix still is somethin' special. It's thehardest to find, and the easiest to sell,because it is in demand but, all the stuffof people that have died, the JimMorrison, the Janis Joplin stuff, any ofthat stuff that's really obscure, is really indemand, collectable, because they arethe one's that are gone. And then thereis the Acid Test stuff, which was doneearly, and it was is in real demand,because not so much of it was printed,you know, and that was the start of it all-- Ken Kesey and his Acid Test. That isin great demand and then in the last twoor three years, Sonny Barger's gotpopular with his book of the HellsAngels and since that the Hells Angelsstuff is really becoming rare, and thatstuff is getting impossible to find, I meanit's hard to find and it is easy to sell.It's goes right out, and it's one of thosethings. They put on a few shows, andthey were part of the scene at the time,the Hells Angels. They helped them outand all that. The angels were part of it,

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