One of the first Bill Graham Fillmore posters to use color, BG-6 shows Wes Wilson trying out his psychedelic wings with shimmering stripes and funhouse-mirror distorted lettering. In this case the lettering was squeezed and shaped, blown-up and bulged to fit every available bit of space. This is an original first printing in nice condition and as a Spring of ’66 poster sits smack in the evolutionary line from the standard “boxing style” posters to psychedelia.
The Charlatans were an influential folk rock and psychedelic rock band that played a role in the development of the San Francisco music scene during the 1960s and are often cited by critics as being the first group to play in the style that became known as the San Francisco Sound. Exhibiting more pronounced jug band, country and blues influences than many bands from the same scene, the Charlatans' rebellious attitude and distinctive late 19th-century fashions exerted a strong influence on the Summer of Love in San Francisco. Their recorded output was small, with their first album, The Charlatans, not being released until 1969, some years after the band's heyday. The Charlatans' drummer and, later, rhythm guitarist, Dan Hicks, went on to form the successful country rock band Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks.