"Motherload", Janis Joplin, Big Brother, Sir Douglas Quintet, Avalon Ballroom, 1967 1st ed poster
|Date||5th-7th May, 1968|
|Dimensions||50.8 cm x 35.5 cm|
Excellent used condition; bright, supple and clean; note pinholes at all four corners, corner creases at top two corners and light foxing at edges; sunning noticeable only on verso along top of poster and five tape marks (see photos).
Artist: Rick Griffin
Photograph: Bob Seidemann
Family Dog Productions (publisher)
This original poster is identifiable as a rare first edition (printed prior to the performance) by the presence of brown ink in the arrow-shaped tail below the ‘M’ of BALLROOM. This poster is a popular symbol of the psychedelic era and was controversial in its day, owing, in part, to the phallis-shaped photograph of Big Brother and the Holding Company, with Janis Joplin at its head, and the title "Motherload".