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Grateful Dead, Carousel Ballroom *Mint Condition*

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Grateful Dead, Carousel Ballroom *Mint Condition*

$27,500.00

This large and colorful poster, commonly known by collectors, as the “Acid Drop” or “Acid Dropper” is one of the most popular psychedelic poster images of all time! Longtime poster collectors know that this is one of the most difficult Grateful Dead posters to find in Mint Condition. This cosmic trippy imagery was created by artist Steve Catron for a series of concerts by the Grateful Dead and Chuck Berry at the Carousel Ballroom on March 29 -31,1968.

The Carousel Ballroom was a short-lived venture  launched by several of the San Francisco bands who set out to manage  their own music venue. The experiment, which only spanned a few months in 1968, failed due to the band's obvious lack of financial prowess. That, paired with the questionable ethics of one time Dead manager Ron Rakow, led to the  Carousel Ballroom's demise.  Additionally, Bill Graham did not take well to the competition and did everything he could to make sure the venture failed. The fate of the Carousel was sealed when Bill Graham bought the floundering concert hall and renamed it the Fillmore West. Although the Carousel was short lived, it inspired a series of posters that are amongst the best of the entire genre of 1960's psychedelic concert posters.

  • Poster: Grateful Dead, Carousel Ballroom
  • Sub Title : Acid Drop
  • Grade -PAE Mint 95
  • Bands/Bill- Grateful Dead & Chuck Berry
  • Venue- Carousel Ballroom
  • City – San Francisco, California
  • Date –3/29-30/68
  • Dimensions- 16”x 22 1/8
  • Printing-  (OP-1) Original - Pre-Concert- First Printing
  • Artist – Steve Catron
  • Series/ Promoter- Carousel
  • AOR # 2.163
  • Condition details There is a  printers press clamp indentation on each edge near the bottom from  the printing process , there is also a 1/8 stain in the bottom border. There are no nicks, cuts, tears, pinholes or restoration of any kind. 
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