An original handbill for the 1987 Artists Rights concert at the Old Fillmore in San Francisco, signed on the reverse side by Jerry Garcia, Merle Saunders, the “Big Five” poster artists of the San Francisco Rock Poster scene: Rick Griffin, Wes Wilson, Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley, and Victor Moscoso; and more musicians from the show.
Many of them personalized their autograph “To Bob”.
The handbill has some toning on the back… it is curious and might have happened during printing as it doesn’t actually appear to be stains.
Both handbills measure 7.25″ x . 5.5″ on coated stock (front coated – not back).
Sold with an identical unsigned handbill for framing purposes (the signatures on the front of the hand-bill are printed into the handbill itself).
Sold with Certificates of Authenticity from The Autograph Source (Lifetime Guarantee) and Beckett Authentication Services (BAS).
This is one of a series of four Artist Rights Today posters and handbills that was produced for shows from 1986 to 1989.
“Artists Rights Today”, or A.R.T., was a short-lived project to try to legally acquire the copyrights that many poster artists had signed away in the sixties.
Among others, they wanted back the rights to the old Avalon Ballroom and Family Dog dance-hall posters, and also to raise money for legal expenses in a lawsuit against Chet Helms (Family Dog).
The artwork for this handbill was sent around to each participating artist and is considered a collaborative effort. As such, the print is credited to all five artists. All four of the A.R.T. posters were printed in two different forms; as a numbered edition of 350 silk screens signed by the five artists, and in a lithographed edition that was not signed.