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Jerry Garcia

Image for Jerry Garcia
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
Nothing galvanized the youthful, drug-infused counterculture of the mid-1960s like rock music. Impresario Bill Graham helped launch such legendary bands as Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, whose joint appearance at San Francisco's Fillmore Auditorium in August 1966 is advertised here. Both bands continued to perform, evolving as their audiences aged. Jefferson Airplane, and its successor Jefferson Starship, with an ever-shifting roster of musicians, performed and recorded through the 1980s. "Deadheads," as fanatic fans of the Grateful Dead were called, fueled the popularity of that band's intermittent tours and recordings until the death of renowned leader Jerry Garcia in 1995.
The psychedelic posters commissioned for Graham's 1960s Fillmore rock concerts so successfully evoked the burgeoning hippie culture that they spawned avid collecting. The neon-hued colors and illegible, swelling letters of Wes Wilson's poster designs were particularly popular and often imitated.
Robert Wesley Wilson, born 1937
Copy after
Herb Greene, born 1942
Jorma Kaukonen, born 1940
Spencer Dryden, 7 Apr 1938 - 10 Jan 2005
Marty Balin, born 1942
Jack Casady, born 1944
Ronald McKernan, 1945 - 1973
William Kreutzmann, born 1946
Jerome John Garcia, 1 Aug 1943 - 9 Aug 1995
Robert Hall Weir, born 1947
Philip Chapman Lesh, born 1940
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Offset lithographic poster
Sheet: 50.5 x 36cm (19 7/8 x 14 3/16")
Mat: 55.9 x 40.6 x 1.9cm (22 x 16 x 3/4")
Jerome John Garcia: Male
Jerome John Garcia: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Jerome John Garcia: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer\Rock
Philip Chapman Lesh: Male
Philip Chapman Lesh: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Rock
Robert Hall Weir: Male
Robert Hall Weir: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Rock
William Kreutzmann: Male
William Kreutzmann: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Rock
Marty Balin: Male
Marty Balin: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Jorma Kaukonen: Male
Jorma Kaukonen: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
Jack Casady: Male
Jack Casady: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Spencer Dryden: Male
Spencer Dryden: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Ronald McKernan: Male
Ronald McKernan: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead
Restrictions & Rights
© Wes Wilson
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