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G. G. ALLIN
(1956 - 1993) Controversial rock and roll performer, arrested over 50 times for his on-stage degenerate performances, yet became a cult hero and influence to many more prominent acts, died of an overdose. Rare mock-up "Missing" poster, 1p. 4to., [n.p., n.d.], bearing a photo of someone who clearly IS NOT Allin and his physical description, demanding the right of freedom of speech, expression and the right to work for Allin who at the time was likely incarcerated, signed in blue ink on verso. Folds, else fine condition.
Jefferson Airplane Related Album Slicks & More (4)
Comprising: 1) uncut sheet of three front/back slicks for 1971's greatest hits compilation, "The Worst of Jefferson Airplane." 27" x 41", numerous tears around borders do not infringe on the album art., 2-3) uncut slicks for cover and inner sleeve for 1973's Kantner, Slick, Frieberg collaboration, "Baron Von Tollbooth & The Chrome Nun." Most of the text has yet to be added to the art. 26" x 16.5", EX., and 4) "Stereo Review" promotional poster for the November 1970 issue with artist David Byrd's impression of Jefferson Airplane on the cover. 24" x 33", upper corner tear and staple holes, otherwise EX.
Fillmore East Postcards & Ephemera
The highlight of this collection are five postcards from the numbered series of Fillmore East concert postcards (#2 The Who, Buddy Guy, MT., #4 Mothers of Invention, James Cotton April 1968 with one crease, #5 Traffic, Blue Cheer April 1968 with one crease, #6 Jefferson Airplane May 1968, MT., #9 Ravi Shankar Sep. 1968, NRMT., The remaining items include: 4-pg. memorandum outlining details for a proposed book entitled "Bill Graham's Story Of The Fillmore East," ticket agency correspondence, newspaper ad for the Fillmore's "Rock Relic Auction" on Oct. 12, 1971, two manila envelopes with Fillmore East logo mailing labels and peace sign postmarks.
Fillmore East 1968 Thanksgiving Invitation
As Bill Graham's Fillmore East was nearing the end of its inaugural year in New Year, the annual Thanksgiving Dinner tradition was held for those holding one of these special invitations for Nov. 28, 1968 feast. Invitation comes with Fillmore East logo envelope. EX.
Grunt Records Promotional Watch
Swiss-made, "Custom Time" watch spells out GRUNT RECORDS in place of numbers. Black leather wristband in original box. MT.
Jefferson Airplane Office Stationary
From the late 1960's, a 7" x 9" pad of multi-colored, textured stationary, approximately 50 sheets.
Pete Seeger & Others 1968 Fillmore East Concert Handbill
Also on hand for the Oct. 27, 1968 event to benefit the folk music magazine, "Sing Out!," were blues legend Skip James, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dave Van Ronk, David Peel & the Lower East Side, Happy & Artie Traum, The Pennywhistler's, and poet John Beecher. 8.5" x 11", VG., tri-fold with writing and three file folder holder holes along top border.
The Byrds & Buffalo Springfield Fillmore Poster Collection (5)
Nice first printings by Tuten, Conklin, MacLean, and Blashfield: 1) BG76 Buffalo Springfield, Muddy Waters 8/67, 2) BG82 Byrds 9/67, 3) BG122 Buffalo Springfield, Chambers Bros., Richie Havens 5/29-6/1/68, 4) Byrds, Mike Bloomfield, Pacific Gas & Electric 6/69, 5) BG177 Byrds, Joe Cocker, and Pacific Gas & Electric 6/69. EX.-NRMT.
Jimi Hendrix "Pillow Case" Merchandising Documents, 1968
This 13-page file, comprising eight documents from August 1968, relates to the production of pillow cases bearing the image of Jimi Hendrix. The proposed pillow cases were to be marketed by Bill Graham's Fillmore East merchandising company and produced by "Sandy's In Contention, Inc.", a New York-based company whose letterhead indicated the company to be "The First in Psychedelic Art Advertising Media thru Pillows." The documents and correspondence between Graham's attorney, "Sandy's In Contention, Inc., and United States Testing Co., relate to skin irritation and skin sensitization testing. While the sample pillows passed the testing requirements, our research shows no evidence of the pillow cases ever being produced or marketed. The documents are very good, in a legal manila folder file entitled "Fillmore East 10. Pillows, 2889-10."
Bill Haley & His Comets Merchandising Documents
Comprising a legal agreement and three letters as follows: 1) 9-page agreement, dated May 24, 1957, between Bill Haley & His Comets, Inc. and Green Duck Metal Stamping Company of Chicago, Illinois, outlining licensing, royalties, distribution, and pricing details for production of "Bill Haley" buttons for distribution "throughout the Western Hemisphere...until December 31, 1959.", 2/3) two, one-page typed letters, dated December 2, 1957, from Bill Haley & The Comets manager, Jim Ferguson, concerning his desire to proceed with the production of glasses embossed with the photo of each member of the group, and as a group. An excerpt: "...We will buy at least 100, and maybe 1000 sets of these glasses ourselves...They also make nice presents for the Disc Jockeys. There are seven men in the band, so I suggest one man on each glass, and perhaps a picture of the entire band on the eighth glass...", and 4) one-page, typed letter, dated May 29, 1959, to Bill Haley & His Comets, Inc. from attorneys for Character Merchandising, Inc. of Philadelphia, Pa., advising them, in part: "that we have always been ready and willing and able to perform our end of the agreement but to properly service your account, it would be necessary for us to receive notice of bookings in advance and places where you intend to appear in the future. Despite this request...we did not receive any information in this regard...Therefore, we do not recognize your notice of termination and shall hold you responsible in damages for this unwarranted breach of this agreement..." Overall VG condition.
Bill Haley & Joyce Settlement Agreement
This settlement Apr. 8, 1959 agreement, heard before the New York Supreme Court, is between Haley and his booking agent, Jolly Joyce. It calls for a "Stipulation Of Discontinuance With Prejudice," legally ending Haley's longtime dispute with Joyce. The one-page document, in very good condition, is stapled inside a New York state court folder. Also included is a copy of a Mar. 20, 1959 letter to Haley from his attorney. In part: "...It has been a pleasure to meet you...I shall do my best to give you the best possible legal assistance...As you know, I have had quite close contact with Sam Sgro, who "carried the ball" on the Jolly Joyce-AFM complaint, while you were in Europe....he is a most loyal, devoted and helpful associate to you..." In good condition with age toning.
Jolly Joyce Complaint Letter #1 Signed by Bill Haley, 1958
In this three-page letter, most likely written in late 1958 on behalf of Bill Haley, pianist John Grande, and steel guitarist Billy Williamson, Haley is complaining to his attorney about his longtime booking agent Jolly Joyce. The three write, in part: "...As our contract was nearing its end, and it evidently became apparent to Mr. Joyce that we did not intend to sign a new contract with him at the time, Mr. Joyce began (in our opinion) to put every kind of pressure on us to re-sign with him. We feel he attempted to hurt us economically by giving us very few acceptable jobs....offered us jobs that paid far below the wage figure our act consistently commands...he did everything possible to cause bad relations between our clients and ourselves, making future deals with them very unlikely." The three put forth several specific examples, including two instances where Haley & The Comets were paid at the conclusion of two concerts only 50% of what their contract specified. At this point, the promoters produced proof that 50% had already been paid to Jolly Joyce. In another instance, "after traveling to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to fulfill an engagement...we were informed...that no contract had been filed with the Union...by Jolly Joyce....the representative was kind enough to let us perform after much discussion. These incidents were very embarrassing and humiliating and caused us, the promoters and the A F of M locals, a lot of unnecessary grief. Who can say how much damage our prestige suffered due to the failure of our agent, Jolly Joyce...?" The letter is signed in blue ballpoint pen: "William J. C. Haley, William F. Williamson" and "John A. Grande". The letter exhibits mailing folds, otherwise in fine condition.
Steppenwolf/John Kay Signed "Sookie Sookie" Music Manuscript
During the early 1980's, Michael Wilk, longtime Steppenwolf keyboardist and John Kay's writing partner, transcribed numerous Steppenwolf songs to sheet music in preparation for show rehearsals and recordings. Included here is Wilk's handwritten score to "Sookie Sookie," the group's second single from their 1968 self-titled debut album. Though the single failed to crack the top 40 in the winter of '68, the follow-up, "Born To Be Wild," went to #2 on the Billboard singles chart in the summer of 1968. Steppenwolf founder, lead singer and guitarist, John Kay, has signed the top of title page in black felt tip pen. EX.
Jefferson Airplane Royalty Agreements Collection (4)
Comprising four documents relating to songwriting royalty splits : 1) April 24, 1967 agreement between RCA Records and Jefferson Airplane Music Co. concerning royalty rates for the Jorma Kaukonen & Marty Balin-penned song, "She Has Funny Cars," the first track from 1967's "Surrealistic Pillow" album, management signed; 2-4) three similar documents between RCA Records and Mole Music outlining royalty payments for the Grace Slick & Papa John Creech song "Milk Train, a song included on 1972's "Long John Silver" album, The Nov. 3, 1972 document is signed by Grace Slick, who has signed above the crossed-out signature of John Creech. One of the Nov. 27, 1973 documents is signed by Papa John Creech. "Long John Silver" was Jefferson Airplane's final studio album before their 1989 reunion, with the band dissolving after their September '73 shows at San Francisco's Winterland. The documents exhibit slight folds not affecting the signature, otherwise very good to fine.
Ringo Starr Signed Backstage Pass
Ringo Starr has signed this unused backstage pass in his usual first name only style of recent years, along with his illustrated star symbol. Executed in bold black marker, the signature is somewhat obscured by the white spot in the middle portion of the star in which appears to be a handwritten "6/7" (perhaps, a reference to the date of the concert "June 7". The additional writing appears to be a non-authentic signature of George Harrison. LOA from Beatles autograph expert Frank Caiazzo.
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