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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Pink Floyd Avalon Ball Room Poster

PINK FLOYD AVALON

Check out my new poster! It's double matted (black and pink) with a pink frame! 

Pink Floyd Avalon Ballroom (San Francisco, CA) Aug 2, 1968 (FD131-PO) 

Performers:
  • Pink Floyd 
  • Chrome Syrcus 
  • The Holy Modal Rounders 
  • Electroluminescense (light show)
Bob Schnepf Designed by: Jerry Wainwright. The poster was printed once before the concert on two different stocks. It measures 14" x 21 1/2".




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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hideously Rare Syd Barrett Autograph - 1/67


Check out this hideously rare Syd Barrett photo; a circa 1967, by photographer Irene Winsby. Winsby shot Pink Floyd in January, 1967 for the British tabloid News of the World, for what turned out to be an expose on drug use by pop groups. She first photographed them at a rehearsal, but band manager Peter Jenner thought the band looked too under-the-influence, and so Winsby returned the next day to shoot them under more controlled (and sober) circumstances. This is an original print shot on the second day, which has been boldly signed in ballpoint pen by Barrett in the lower right corner.

A few years ago, English photo archivist/dealer Mark Hayward discovered 25 of Winsby’s lost photographs of Barrett and Floyd in an album of vintage prints. This was the only signed print found, and indeed, is the only original signed photograph of Barrett we know of that has surfaced to date. Winsby’s Pink Floyd photographs were published in 2011 as part of a limited edition book titled “Barrett,” which documented Barrett’s creative output, and was published with the full participation of the Barrett family and Hayward. To commemorate the publication of "Barrett," an exhibition of Syd Barrett's work was held at London's Idea Generation gallery this past March.

The print measures 8” x 10 1/8" and is printed on pebble-textured photographic paper. It is in overall near-excellent condition with some light spotting, and vertical glue lines on the reverse from having been stored in an adhesive photo album (not visible on the front.) This will frame beautifully. With Recordmecca's written lifetime guarantee of authenticity, and a handwritten letter of provenance from Mark Hayward. Truly unique.




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Monday, December 19, 2011

Kiloh Smith - Psychedelic Rock Poster Art



Check out this video of much of my collection of rock poster art. I began to run out of time so I couldn't show two other rooms or my several portfolios (full) of posters or my huge amount of handbills and cards. But this is a lot.

You Syd Barrett fans will find stuff to oggle and you Texas Psych fans will find stuff to oggle.




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Monday, December 5, 2011

Syd Barrett Leaving the band in the Dust

I’ve always thought that the stories of Syd de-tuning his guitar onstage, playing on chord over and over and over, were people’s attempts at describing his trying to achieve a pure synthetic sound on his guitar. This has been called “Ambient” too. Barrett might have been attempting to take his sound “all the way out” and left his band mates scratching their heads. He might have been seeking a pure/new sound not based in Western music or even by playing notes.

For sure, I see Syd Barrett as a precursor to Robert Fripp and that whole universe that he helped open up. Here are some examples of groups trying something similar at the same time as Syd: 

Red Crayola - Boards 1967: Velvet Underground - Melody Laughter 1966: Mothers - The Return of the Son of the Monster Magnet 1966:

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