This imagined concert poster was printed by the late William “Wild Bill” Ziegler for his now closed Wild Bill’s Nostalgia Center in Middletown, Connecticut. It is not a reproduction of an actual poster, but rather, is Wild Bill’s own creation. He produced concert bills very much like actual events in look and text, but changed dates, and sometimes lineups. Like a novelist who uses an era of history (think E.L. Doctorow) on which to tell the novel’s story, Wild Bill took musical events of the past and gave them his own fan’s version. His nostalgic fantasy prints depict iconic bands and concerts that remind us all of a time when music had a major impact and helped to bring change in the direction of peace and love.
This vintage style fantasy poster was printed on a 100 year old offset printing press, the same process used to make actual concert posters in the 1960's and 1970's.
The New-York Historical Society presents the rock & roll world of Bill Graham (1931–1991), one of the most influential concert promoters of all time. Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution explores the life and work of the legendary music impresario who worked with the biggest names in rock music. Showcasing more than 300 objects—including rock memorabilia, photographs, and concert posters with a site-specific installation of “The Joshua Light Show,” the trailblazing liquid light show conceived in 1967 by multimedia artist Joshua White that served as a psychedelic backdrop to Graham’s concert productions in New York. On view February 14, 2020 –January 3, 2021.