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The Byrds

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Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
Exhibition Label
The Byrds
Nothing galvanized the youthful counterculture of the mid-1960s like rock music. The Byrds, a group originating in Los Angeles, brought to the scene an influential folk-rock style, fusing contemporary folk music with energetic Beatles-like harmonies and a driving twelve-string guitar sound. Their debut single, “Mr. Tambourine Man,” had topped the charts in 1965. This poster from 1966, featuring band members David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Michael Clarke, and Christopher Hillman, advertised the Byrds’ appearance at one of impresario Bill Graham’s famous concerts at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium. The Fillmore posters designed by Wes Wilson, with their offbeat colors and sinuous letters, successfully evoked the multisensory experience of many such events, which were often charged with high-decibel music, light shows, frenetic movement, and mind-expanding drugs. The words “Fly 8 Miles High,” using the title of the Byrds’ new hit single, herald the psychedelic rock era.
Robert Wesley Wilson, born 1937
David Crosby, born 14 Aug 1941
Roger McGuinn, born 13 Jul 1942
Michael John Clarke, 1946 - 1993
Christopher Hillman, born 1942
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Jack Banning
Color lithographic poster
Image: 56.8 x 32cm (22 3/8 x 12 5/8")
Sheet: 62.4 x 35.2cm (24 9/16 x 13 7/8")
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Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses\Sunglasses
David Crosby: Male
David Crosby: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Songwriter
David Crosby: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
David Crosby: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
Michael John Clarke: Male
Michael John Clarke: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Drummer
Christopher Hillman: Male
Christopher Hillman: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician
Roger McGuinn: Male
Roger McGuinn: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Singer
Roger McGuinn: Performing Arts\Performer\Musician\Guitarist
David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Michael John Clarke, and Christopher Hillman
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© Wes Wilson