I first become fascinated with rock poster art back in the early seventies, whilst working for Time Out magazine, OZ magazine and that fab music compendium Zig Zag.
Whilst on holiday from the music monthly, I found myself at a party in San Francisco being hosted by a toothless Wavy Gravy, who introduced me to Bill Graham. Bill was a great fan of Zig Zag’s (the magazine not the rolling papers). When I mentioned I loved the Fillmore poster artwork, he invited me over to visit his Winterland Productions office to view all the posters housed in the warehouse. I was like a kid in a candy store and couldn’t stop myself spending like there was no tomorrow!
Around the same time I was introduced to another SF character called Ben Friedman who owned a head shop come poster emporium on Columbus. Visiting his shop to browse & purchase posters from Chet Helms Family Dog, Ben commandeered me to look after the shop whilst he went missing. I couldn’t believe in his total faith & trust in this limey he had only just met. What is available within this site are what’s left of those posters, kept in a dry safe storage room in the basement of the flat I owned for some forty years; quite a few are framed in Nielsen frames.
Apart from the limited Avalon Ballroom and Fillmore Auditorium posters, I also own various miscellaneous posters by artist or bands that caught my eye over the interim years.
All posters are sourced from reputable sources, highly collectable, kept in mint condition and now available to purchase.
ZigZag was purchased in July 1988 from Northern & Shell (who had amalgamated it with music equipment title “one two testing”) by Jim Maguire, who had been business manager of ZigZag in the 1970s, persuaded Richard Desmond (Northern & Shell) to sell him the title. Jim Maguire thought he had a sound publishing deal with EMAP. But EMAP closed ZigZag after just one issue (May 1990) and then produced Mojo, a new rock monthly, some months later.
Proprietor of ZigZag Magazine