“When the music’s finally finished and the crowd is all long gone, â€¦.
within the poster lies the memories that linger and live on”Â Professor Poster
We start out on this “Poster From The Past” with a full frontal nude (naturally) of a woman with butterfly wings. A spider covers her pubic area. A long butterfly tongue emerges from her mouth to form the lettering. The bottom of the image is made up of folded green velvet cloth. This poster is another visual pun on the names of the bands performing at the concert, Iron Butterfly, Velvet Underground and Chrome Syrcus. It is unfortunate that this image seen here can not show the silver chrome effect that is seen in the wings, it is really quite stunning. Although women have appeared as butterflies in art for centuries, the eerie quality of the tongue and the spider as well as the psychedelic coloring make this an interesting and original poster which was quite popular in the 1960’s and continues in demand today. This is Family Dog poster number #122 entitled just “Iron Butterfly”. This piece was created by the very talented rock poster artist Bob Schnepf. It was printed only once.
Going back 47 years ago on this day in June of 1968, The Iron Butterfly, The Velvet Underground and Chrome Syrcus, played their music and sets for a ready and willing audience at the Avalon Ballroom right her in our City by the Bayâ€¦ San Francisco. Totally wondrous light show of course, provided by the Retina Circus.
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Approved with a flutter-by Professor Poster
Artist Biography by Steve Huey
Artist Biography by Richie Unterberger
Few rock groups can claim to have broken so much new territory, and maintain such consistent brilliance on record, as the Velvet Underground during their brief lifespan. It was the group’s lot to be ahead of, or at least out of step with, their time. The mid- to late ’60s was an era of explosive growth and experimentation in rock, but the Velvets‘ innovations — which blended the energy of rock with the sonic adventurism of the avant-garde, and introduced a new degree of social realism and sexual kinkiness into rock lyrics — were too abrasive for the mainstream to handle. During their time, the group experienced little commercial success; though they were hugely appreciated by a cult audience and some critics, the larger public treated them with indifference or, occasionally, scorn. The Velvets‘ music was too important to languish in obscurity, though; their cult only grew larger and larger in the years following their demise, and continued to mushroom through the years. By the 1980s, they were acknowledged not just as one of the most important rock bands of the ’60s, but one of the best of all time, and one whose immense significance cannot be measured by their relatively modest sales. read more…
Lee Graham (vocals/bass/flute); John Garborit (lead guitar), Ted Sheffler (keyboards), Dick Powell (harmonica) and Rod Pilloud (drums) made up this enigmatic â€˜progressiveâ€™ San Francisco group. Their lone album, The Love Cycle, featured an ambitious, extended title-track in which the musicians attempted to compress much of the cityâ€™s experimental musical styles. Although not wholly convincing, Chrome Syrcus were applauded for their ambition and in 1969 won a Bay Area songwriting award. However, the group dissolved soon afterwards.