The FIRST poster where Wes
Wilson played with "vibrating" colors (complementary
or triadic colors of similar grey value, making them difficult
for the eye to separate and distinguish, thus causing the adjacent
colors to "move" against each other as the eye tries
to accommodate this impossible task) which he used to great effect
throughout his Fillmore and Avalon design career. Perfect condition.
This poster, more than any
of this group, exemplifies the kind of swirly vision you have
as you look at straight lettering under the influence of LSD.
Because of that alone, it is very valuable as the first truly psychedelic poster.
20" (36cm X 51cm)
Bob Knickerbocker married a
stunning, tall, hilarious comedienne appropriately named Jane,
and they moved to a gold mine in North San Juan, above Nevada
City on highway 49 in 1967. Bob was taking photographs all over
northern California while I moved to Portobello Road in London
Christmas of '69. England was a total foreign country then, and
I loved it. The music scene was flourishing and I was playing
One day in early 1970, I nipped
down to the newsagents on Portobello and bought a copy of Rolling
Stone and opened the first page, which led directly to the letters
page, always topped with an interesting photo. I creased up with
laughter. I was looking at a typical northern California valley
scene with a barbed wire fence leading from the foreground to
the background, a single cow in the field beyond, and a dead fish
laying across the top of the near fencepost in the foreground.
It HAD to be KNICKERBOCKER!
Sure enough, it was his photo.
How many photographers have
that individual a style that you can recognize their work immediately?
He was a true one-off, and certainly opened my eyes in school.
When I moved to LA in 1975,
Funky Jack's wife, Susan, called and invited me to see a "special
show I want you to come to." That's all she would say. I
drove up to SF and we all went to Bimbo's 365 Club of all places
to see the Tubes. On stage was a gorgeous Amazon who was doing
the most amazing things and turning me on something fierce. Susan
was smiling, knowing my predilection for tall, gorgeous women.
This made-up beauty sat sensuously
on a Harley on stage and sang "Don't Touch Me There."
She was incredible. Susan was looking at me and smiling even more,
enjoying herself hugely...what was she up to?
After the show, this impossibly
beautiful woman came over to our table, flashed me a saucy smile,
leaned over and kissed me as her beautiful big boobs almost fell
out of her dress, and said ever so sexily, "Hello, Paul!"
Susan and Jack were laughing
and I was flummoxed. The bombshell pouted and moued, "Don't
you remember meeee???"
Jesus....how could I forget
a woman like her!?
It was Jane, and I hadn't recognized
her because she was so made up.
Jane was knocking them dead
during the late 70's and early 80's in the comedy clubs of San
Francisco. I stopped in with a friend to see her at a small club
on Polk that was filled to rafters with straights, gays, and lesbians.
Jane came on stage dressed in a tight knit dress that left nothing
to the imagination...she was spilling out all over, much to the
delight of everyone in the place. She began a bluesy ballad lamenting
her lot as a woman, and how it was a man's world, and women were
always getting screwed by them, etc, etc., and how wonderful it
would be--just once--to be a man. As she sang, she pumped and
grinded and gyrated sensuously, turning on EVERYONE--of every
pursuasion-- as she gradually hiked up her skirt, revealing a
dangling carrot and two onions in a mesh sack swinging between
her legs. She swung this equipment around while she wailed about
wanting to be a man....I was collapsing on the bar with laughter,
along with everyone else. What a gem she was.
Jane was shortly thereafter
spotted by a top agent and offered the gig to do "alternative
traffic" for a big New York radio station, broadcasting live
from a chopper. The chopper went down in the Hudson one day, but
Jane was rescued and grounded until she had the nerve to go up
When she did go up again, she
hit her stride and was making everyone's ride home more enjoyable
with her wit, when one day the chopper went down AGAIN with Jane
at the microphone screaming....only this time Jane didn't survive.
She would have been bigger than Bette Midler (she WAS bigger than
As you look at these posters,
please think of Jane, and raise a glass to her when you have the
chance....we are all the worse off for her not being here to delight
us with her wacky, side-splitting sense of humor.
Here's to you, honey.
stare at this long enough and
you'll turn into syrup