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Stanley Mouse

Country Joe and the Fish at Avalon Ballroom 1/26-28/68 by Stanley Mouse  & Alton Kelley

© Chet Helms DBA Family Dog Productions All Rights Reserved

HHis father was an artist who had worked as an animator for Walt Disney on the 1937 film Snow White, so it was natural for Stanley Miller to grow up drawing pictures and cartoons around the family dinner table in Detroit, Michigan. He could draw a perfect circle when he was five. When a grade school friend gave Stanley the nickname “Mouse O’Miller,” he started signing and writing things as ‘Mouse.’ It caught on and everybody knew him as “Mouse,” instantly, in grade school.

Mouse left high school in 1956 to attend art school in downtown Detroit, at the Society of Arts and Crafts. After going to art school for about a year he enrolled in Cooley High School, where he became the school cartoonist. In his last year at Cooley, Mouse started painting t-shirts at car shows and at the fair, and became immediately, instantly famous. He would have ads in Rod & Custom Magazine, and would receive one hundred dollars every day in the mail. Then Mouse started pin-striping cars and when he got an airbrush, started spraying cars with flames. For the next eight years, his parents went to work for him—his mother ran the mail order and his dad managed him on the road. They went to hot rod shows every weekend and during the week Mouse went to art school.

In art school, Mouse was keenly interested in life drawing, and he excelled in it. People said that his painting looked like advertising art. Consequently, Mouse started looking for the next step. That was about the time when psychedelic drugs came in and the Vietnam War gave rise to the anti-war movement. A lot of Detroiters had moved to San Francisco, and Mouse got word that a lot was happening there. Mouse had been to San Francisco for car shows and had liked the city.

In 1965, Mouse drove his brand new Porsche to San Francisco and got a little place in Berkeley. After a draft board episode in Detroit, Mouse made a bee-line back to San Francisco in a rented hearse with a “Make Love, Not War” sticker that he had put on its back window.

While Mouse was away in Detroit, the parties had become so big they had moved to dance halls. And the promoters had started using posters. He considered Wes Wilson's early posters—rounded shapes, funky looking—the start of an art movement.

Mouse rented an old firehouse with a place for a studio upstairs. Alton Kelley came over with Chet Helms. Mouse had known Kelley from the prior stay and Kelley knew all the Detroit people. At their first meeting, Mouse’s Porsche had broken down and Kelley worked on trying to fix it. Kelley was the art director for the Family Dog, and he and Helms met to ask Mouse to do a poster. Mouse tells it in an interview:

 “. . . Kelley and I would go to the library and would just scour through all the art books in the San Francisco Library. And just doing that, our art education became so amazing. I looked at the Art Nouveau and the Art Deco, and all that stuff. And Kelley's apartments were always really tastefully done. He really had good taste and I thought, well you know, with his kinda taste and my hand, which was really at its apex at the time, from drawing some near a millions miles of drawing on T-shirts and airbrushing, that I thought there was a really cool combination. I always liked . . . I guess it might be one of my Libra traits, that I always like to paint with somebody else. Kelley was great at layout and he had really fine taste, and so we started doing these posters, which were instantly really far out and sophisticated. And it was an amazing thing, you know, it was that moment in time where you keep saying that it was the apex and it was . . .”

 

 

Posters and Handbills by Stanley Mouse

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Jefferson Airplane at Winterland 5/30/66 by Rick Griffin & 
Stanley Mouse & 
Alton Kelley

5/30/1966

AOR-2.206

Winterland 5/30/66
No current products  
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band at Avalon Ballroom 6/17-18/66 by Stanley Mouse

6/17/1966

FD-13

Avalon Ballroom 6/17-18/66

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 6/24-25/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

6/24/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 6/24-25/66
No current products  
Sir Douglas Quintet at Avalon Ballroom 7/8-10/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

7/8/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 7/8-10/66

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Love at Avalon Ballroom 7/15-16/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley & Franz Stuck

7/15/1966

FD-17A

Avalon Ballroom 7/15-16/66

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Jefferson Airplane at Avalon Ballroom 7/22-23/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley & Franz Stuck

7/22/1966

FD-17

Avalon Ballroom 7/22-23/66

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Bo Diddley at Avalon Ballroom 7/28-30/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

7/28/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 7/28-30/66

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13th Floor Elevators at Avalon Ballroom 8/2-3/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/2/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 8/2-3/66

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 8/5-6/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/5/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 8/5-6/66

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Bo Diddley at Avalon Ballroom 8/6/66 Longshoreman's Hall 8/5 & 7/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/6/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 8/6/66 Longshoreman's Hall 8/5 & 7/66

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Bo Diddley at Avalon Ballroom 8/12-13/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/12/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 8/12-13/66

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Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom 8/19-20/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/19/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 8/19-20/66

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Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band at Avalon Ballroom 8/26-27/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

8/26/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 8/26-27/66

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Quicksilver Messenger Service at Avalon Ballroom 9/9-10/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

9/9/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 9/9-10/66

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Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom 9/16-17/66 by Stanley Mouse & 
Alton Kelley

9/16/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 9/16-17/66

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Howlin' Wolf at Avalon Ballroom 9/23-24/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

9/23/1966

FD-27

Avalon Ballroom 9/23-24/66

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13th Floor Elevators at Avalon Ballroom 9/30/66 & 10/1/66 by Stanley Mouse & 
Alton Kelley

9/30/1966

FD-28

Avalon Ballroom 9/30/66 & 10/1/66

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Jim Kweskin Jug Band at Avalon Ballroom 10/7-8/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

10/7/1966

FD-29

Avalon Ballroom 10/7-8/66

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Grateful Dead at Mt. Tamalpais Outdoor Theater, Marin County 10/8/66 by Stanley Mouse  & Alton Kelley

10/8/1966

AOR-2.325

Mt. Tamalpais Outdoor Theater, Marin County 10/8/66
No current products  
Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 10/15-16/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

10/15/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 10/15-16/66

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Daily Flash at Avalon Ballroom 10/21-22/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

10/21/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 10/21-22/66

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Charlatans at Western Front 10/27-28/66 by Stanley Mouse & Mouse Studios

10/27/1966

AOR-2.200

Western Front 10/27-28/66

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Matrix 11/1-6/66 by Stanley Mouse

11/1/1966

AOR-2.111

Matrix 11/1-6/66

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Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom 11/3-4/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

11/3/1966

FD-33

Avalon Ballroom 11/3-4/66

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Jefferson Airplane at Fillmore Auditorium 11/6/66 by Stanley Mouse  & Alton Kelley

11/6/1966

AOR-2.81

Fillmore Auditorium 11/6/66

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Daily Flash at Avalon Ballroom 11/18-19/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

11/18/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 11/18-19/66

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Youngbloods at Avalon Ballroom 12/16-17/66 by Stanley Mouse  & Alton Kelley

12/16/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 12/16-17/66

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Country Joe and the Fish at Avalon Ballroom 12/30-31/66 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

12/30/1966

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Avalon Ballroom 12/30-31/66

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Grateful Dead at Grateful Dead Fan Club 1967 by Stanley Mouse  & Alton Kelley

11/30/1966

AOR-2.192

Grateful Dead Fan Club 1967

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Record Release Handbill 1967 by Stanley Mouse

1/1/1967

MSO-MSR.1967.01.01

Record Release Handbill 1967
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Moby Grape at Avalon Ballroom 1/13-13/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

1/13/1967

FD-43

Avalon Ballroom 1/13-13/67

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Grateful Dead at Golden Gate Park 1/14/67 by Stanley Mouse & 
Alton Kelley & 
Michael Bowen - Photographer

1/14/1967

AOR-2.217

Golden Gate Park 1/14/67

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Grateful Dead at Avalon Ballroom 1/27-28/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

1/27/1967

FD-45

Avalon Ballroom 1/27-28/67

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Sparrow at Regency Ballroom, Leamington Hotel 2/10/67 by Stanley Mouse  & Alton Kelley

2/10/1967

AOR-2.261

Regency Ballroom, Leamington Hotel 2/10/67

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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Avalon Ballroom 2/17-18/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley & Bob Seidemann

2/17/1967

FD-48

Avalon Ballroom 2/17-18/67

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Country Joe and the Fish at California Hall 2/19/67 by Stanley Mouse

2/19/1967

AOR-2.137

California Hall 2/19/67

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10th Biennial Wilderness Conference at Hilton Hotel, San Francisco 4/7-9/67 by Stanley Mouse  & Alton Kelley

4/7/1967

AOR-2.365

Hilton Hotel, San Francisco 4/7-9/67
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Big Brother and the Holding Company at Stockton CIvic Auditorium 4/16/67 by Stanley Mouse

4/16/1967

AOR-3.22

Stockton CIvic Auditorium 4/16/67

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Jefferson Airplane at Fillmore Auditorium 5/12/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

5/12/1967

AOR-2.71

Fillmore Auditorium 5/12/67

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Joint Show at Moore Gallery 7/67 by Stanley Mouse

7/7/1967

AOR-2.348

Moore Gallery 7/67

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Joint Show at Moore Gallery 7/67 by Rick Griffin & Stanley Mouse & Wes Wilson & Alton Kelley & Victor Moscoso

7/31/1967

AOR-2.351A

Moore Gallery 7/67

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Miller Blues Band at Avalon Ballroom 9/1-3/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley & Adolph Weinman

9/1/1967

FD-78

Avalon Ballroom 9/1-3/67

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Charley Musselwhite at Muir Beach 9/2/67 by Stanley Mouse

9/2/1967

AOR-2.298

Muir Beach 9/2/67

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Van Morrison at 1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 10/13-14/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

10/13/1967

FDD-6

1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 10/13-14/67

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Quicksilver Messenger Service at Avalon Ballroom 10/27-29/67 by Rick Griffin & Stanley Mouse

10/27/1967

FD-89

Avalon Ballroom 10/27-29/67

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Allmen Joy at 1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 10/27-28/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

10/27/1967

FDD-8

1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 10/27-28/67

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Grateful Dead at Winterland 10/31/67 by Rick Griffin & 
Alton Kelley & 
Stanley Mouse

10/31/1967

AOR-2.183

Winterland 10/31/67

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Other Half at 1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 11/10-11/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

11/10/1967

FDD-11

1601 West Evans, Denver, CO 11/10-11/67

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Tim Buckley at Fillmore Auditorium 12/14/67 Winterland 12/15-16/67 by Stanley Mouse

12/14/1967

BG-97

Fillmore Auditorium 12/14/67 Winterland 12/15-16/67

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Quicksilver Messenger Service at Avalon Ballroom 12/15-17/67 by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley

12/15/1967

FD-96

Avalon Ballroom 12/15-17/67

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