Roster for 2017 Festival of Rock Posters Taking Shape

On August 13, 2017, in Events, by Ben Marks

The list of artists and vendors scheduled to attend the 2017 Festival of Rock Posters at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park is shaping up nicely. We can’t release the full roster yet, but expect a mix of old friends and new faces. The big, big show takes place on October 28, from 10-6. For the latest updates, check out the event page on Facebook.


Stanley Mouse Speaks at the de Young

On July 29, 2017, in Events, Posters, by Ben Marks

Stanley Mouse, 2017

On August 4, 2017, as a companion to its “Summer of Love Experience” exhibition, the de Young Museum will host rock-poster artist Stanley Mouse in conversation with associate conservator Victoria Binder of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco—for rock-poster fans, Binder’s contributions to the de Young’s show and its accompanying catalog were highlights of both. The hour-long chat, which begins at 7 pm, is a good way to end a visit to the museum to see the show, which runs through August 20. Admission to the talk is free, but space is limited, so get there early if you want a seat!


An image from “Ohio to San Francisco: Haight Street 1967 (Plate 30),” one of 32 photographs by Herb Greene on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, through October 22, 2017.

If you’re in Boston on Tuesday morning, July 11, stop by the Museum of Fine Arts to listen to a rare conversation with photographer Herb Greene, who chronicled the San Francisco music scene of the 1960s as only an insider could. Greene’s photographs were frequently used as central images on rock posters—Wes Wilson placed Greene photographs of Jerry Garcia, Grace Slick, Jefferson Airplane, and the Grateful Dead on several of his early efforts for Bill Graham; Rick Griffin designed posters around Greene photos of the Charlatans for shows produced by Chet Helms. His images also graced album covers, perhaps most famously on “Surrealistic Pillow.” But Greene also documented life on the streets of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood during 1967. His portfolio of these images capture lots of hippies and hippie wannabes, to be sure, but also people who’d obviously been living in the neighborhood for a long time, and appear nonplussed, and even uneasy, by its transformation into a countercultural mecca.

You can see 32 of Greene’s photographs at the “The Summer of Love: Photography and Graphic Design,” which continues at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, through October 22. In addition to Greene’s often intimate and candid images, the show features 25 album covers and more than 50 posters. For more information, visit mfa.org.


SOL at the Marin County Fair

On June 26, 2017, in Events, by Ben Marks

Magic Mountain Music Festival, 1967, by Stanley Mouse

Continuing the 50th-anniversary tributes to the Summer of Love, this year’s Marin County Fair will feature music by two of the bands that played at radio station KFRC’s Magic Mountain Music Festival on Mt. Tam in 1967 (the 5th Dimension and the Sons of Champlin), a live liquid light show by Jerry Abrams and Glenn McCay, a tribute to the Renaissance Pleasure Faire (which debuted at China Camp in 1967), and photographs, videos, and posters from concerts at such storied Marin music venues as the Santa Venetia Armory and Pepperland.

The Marin County Fair runs from June 30 through July 4. For more information, visit marinfair.org.

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