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Classic Posters: Collecting, Archiving, and More

Classic Posters: Collecting, Archiving, and More

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Published by Michael Erlewine
Classic Posters: Collecting, Archiving, and More

By Michael Erlewine

Pages 174, Illustrated

A collection of 43 articles on posters by Michael Erlewine on their collection, value, history, archiving, storing, and you-name-it. Also some poster artists bios, terminology, artistic critiques - a veritable smorgasbord of information about valuable concert music posters. Open the PDF and read the table of contents.
Classic Posters: Collecting, Archiving, and More

By Michael Erlewine

Pages 174, Illustrated

A collection of 43 articles on posters by Michael Erlewine on their collection, value, history, archiving, storing, and you-name-it. Also some poster artists bios, terminology, artistic critiques - a veritable smorgasbord of information about valuable concert music posters. Open the PDF and read the table of contents.

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Published by: Michael Erlewine on Jan 24, 2011
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DEDICATION
This book is dedicated to poster artist Gary Grimshaw who whenall is said and done is probably myfavorite poster artist from the1960s and beyond. In particular Iappreciate Grimshaw‟s 1970swork and especially the UAC-Daystar posters.Table of Contents
3 ClassicPosters.com – A Brief History5 ABrief History of Rock Posters17 Boxing-Style Posters22 Meet the Poster Experts25 Natural Habitat of the Poster 26Never Met a Set I Did Not Like34 Psychedelic Lettering of the Sixties36 The Roots of Sixties Poster Art40The Seed:The Start of the Dance Hall Scene42 Poster Collector Facts44Psychedelics & the Tibetan Tradition50 Rick Griffin's AOXOMOXOA52 Victor Moscoso‟s New Book54 The Grande Ballroom59 The Poster Style of Gary Grimshaw68 Wes Wilson Images for CP70 The “Art of Rock” by Paul Grushkin71 Banking On the Wall72 Collectables as Investments81 Collecting Posters as Investments83 The Art of the Deal90 A Tale of a Poster Investor 93 Easy Poster-Measure Boards94 How to Evaluate Posters - Nostalgia97Photo Archiving of Music Posters104 Poster Packaging and Shipment111 Poster Glossary Terms115 Poster Numbering Systems121 Printing and Collecting Terms123 Printing and Collecting Terms125 The Cataloging of Posters131 Some of the Tools the Experts Use137 Tools of the Trade140 Visual Guide to Poster Grading152 „Off the Wall' - Wes Wilson's153 Biography of Artist Bob Masse156 Biography of Lee Conklin 157 Ben Friedman, the Poster Man159 Poster Guy Michael Erlewine164 Eric King – Poster Archivist Pioneer 166 Promoter Bill Graham  173 The Art of Victor Moscoso
Cover poster art from 1967 by Michael Erlewine 
 
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ClassicPosters.com – A Brief History
I have been in love with music concertposters since 1965 when I ended up incharge of advertising for my group thePrime Movers Blues Band. I guess noone else was interested or could figureout how to advertise but me, so before Iknew it I had converted a small atticroom in the Prime Mover House at 114N. Division in Ann Arbor Michigan to asilkscreen shop.It was there I spent who-knows-how-many hours cutting Rubylith screensand printing band posters. Replicatingan image you love for a band you lovewas a slow but deeply satisfyingprocess. The rest of the band (and me)would then take the freshly printedposters and put them up all over town.The posters didn‟t last long either. Thenext day many of them would be goneand we would have to do it all over again. I wonder where those posters aretoday.This was in the mid-1960s and concertmusic posters were reaching a newaudience and a new era. Of course, themain poster scene was in SanFrancisco. Eventually we heard aboutthe poster artists there and saw their.Wow! We loved it.So it is no wonder that my love for concert posters remained later when Ibecame an archivist of popular cultureand started AMG: the All-Music Guide,he All-Movie Guide, and the All-GameGuide. When I sold AMG in 1998 I hadplans for the All-Poster Guide, but thecompany that bought AMG was notinterested in my ideas once theypurchased my company. The All-Poster Guide was canned from day one, but Inever forgot about it.Some years later, after I was kind of pushed out of my former company, asentrepreneurs often are, I decided tocreate the All-Poster Guide all bymyself. However that URL on the web(by that time) belonged to someone elseso I settled on ClassicPosters.com anddug in.Some years went by as I assiduouslycompiled data on rock posters. I alsobegan to photograph posters so thatyears from now scholars could studythem. In the basement of mylibrary/studio I built my own vacuumtable and paid $5000 for the latestprofessional camera in 2001, the NikonD1x. Today that same camera is worthmaybe $300.With my vacuum table to hold theposters in place, special lights toilluminate the posters,my Nikon D1x, Ibegan to photograph and measureconcert posters. Before I was done I hadphotographed over 30,000 posters,handbills, postcards, and original art.Collectors from all over the countryeventually trusted me enough to either bring their collections to my studiothemselves or (while holding their breath) dare to send this priceless artovernight by FedEx.And I made a number of trips to SanFrancisco and the Bay Area to meet theartists and collectors of these posters,those that were still with us.To make a long story short, although Ibuilt a wonderful poster site, because Iwas delayed in my original impulse andidea, by the time my site wasoperational I had competition inWolfgangsVault.com. They hadsomething I did not have, which wasdeep pockets. I had no way to compete

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