The "Steal Your Face" featured on these cuff links is a classic fan favorite lovingly crafted in sterling silver by Cynthia Gale New York. The original Grateful Dead Collection by Cynthia Gale was created for the 2010 exhibition The Grateful Dead Now Playing at the New-York Historical Society, and we are happy to reprise it in 2020 for Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution .
A little history on the Steal Your Face icon:
Perhaps the best known Grateful Dead art icon is a red, white, and blue skull with a lightning bolt through it. It was designed by Owsley Stanley and artist Bob Thomas, and was originally used as a logo to mark the band's equipment. The lightning bolt skull can be found on the cover of the 1974 album Steal Your Face, and the image is known by that name. The title of the album derives from the lyrics of "He's Gone" (Like I told ya, what I said, steal your face right off your head), a song that fittingly does not appear on the album.
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.