The Charlatans Triptych - 1967

1967 Charlatans Triptych Avalon poster set featuring FD-63, FD-67, FD-71 by Rick Griffin and Bob Fried

Rick Griffin and Robert Fried



Charlatans Triptych, Various dates, 1967

 

Apparant Second Printings, lithographs, Condition: Excellent

 

Framed: 28 13/16" tall x 50 1/2" wide

 

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Close-up of frame

Description

These three posters were intended to be displayed together, and advertised a series of summer of 1967 shows featuring The Charlatans. The Charlatans were a major influence in the early San Francisco scene, but never made it big. Originally a jug band, their claim to fame was wearing funky Edwardian clothes seemingly from the Old West – a style which quickly spread out and became part of the early hippie “look”. Their only album was released in 1969 after Dan Hicks had left the band.

 

 

The Charlatans were one of the first bands to experiment with LSD, having moved out to perform throughout the summer of 1965 at the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada where future Family Dog founders Alton Kelley and Chet Helms as well as liquid light show pioneer Bill Ham were part of the mayhem. Charlatan Michael Ferguson started what was the first headshop in the U.S, called, “The Magic Theatre, For Madmen Only,” in 1965 in Haight Ashbury where they sold Victorian arcana and clothing, smoking paraphernalia and weed.

 

 

The first two posters were designed by Rick Griffin and the third one by Bob Fried but using the Griffin style of lettering. All feature a classic Herb Greene black and white photograph. Herb Greene was one of the most prolific photographer of the early Haight scene from 1965-1967. Most of his photos were portraits as opposed to live shots

 

 

The Charlatans were one of the first bands to experiment with LSD, having moved out to perform throughout the summer of 1965 at the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada where future Family Dog founders Alton Kelley and Chet Helms as well as liquid light show pioneer Bill Ham were part of the mayhem. Charlatan Michael Ferguson started what was the first headshop in the U.S, called, “The Magic Theatre, For Madmen Only,” in 1965 the Haight where they sold Victorian arcana and clothing, smoking paraphernalia and weed.

 

 

The posters were designed by Bob Fried and featured Rick Griffin lettering and a classic Herb Greene black and while photograph. Herb Greene was the most prolific photographer of the early Haight scene from 1965-1967. Most of his photos were portraits as opposed to live shots 

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