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Grateful Dead, Carousel Ballroom "Sore Thumb" *Mint Condition*

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Grateful Dead, Carousel Ballroom "Sore Thumb" *Mint Condition*


Here is a chance to acquire what is quite simply one of the most famous and most popular posters of the  entire psychedelic era! The Alton Kelley design pokes fun at the D.I.Y. aspect of the Carousel. 

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.This is the epitome of a “blue chip” poster. A famous design, a famous band, and ultra rare in this state of preservation. A super poster that will bring you joy now, and even greater satisfaction with each passing year!! As an added bonus this poster is signed in ink by the late artist.

  • Poster - Grateful Dead, Carousel Ballroom
  • Sub Title - Sore Thumb
  • Grade - Mint 97
  • Title - Sore Thumb
  • Bands/Bill - The Grateful Dead
  • Venue - Carousel Ballroom
  • City - San Francisco
  • Date -3/15/68
  • Dimensions - 14” x 19 15/16”
  • Artist - Alton Kelley
  • Condition details- There are no nicks, cuts, tears, pinholes or restoration of any kind. This poster can be found in used, damaged condition for a couple of thousand dollars and there are even some very rough copies with no tears or pinholes floating around that we have passed on through the years because they are too rough to call TRUE MINT.
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