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Gary Grimshaw

Beacon Street Union at Grande Ballroom 2/2 & 3/68 by Gary Grimshaw

 

GGary Grimshaw was a graphic artist of exceptional talent who had an extraordinary history and character; meeting life on his own terms and often against the establishment. He was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1946 and graduated from nearby Lincoln Park High School. His Grandfather was a designer at GM’s Fisher Body Oldsmobile plant, his Dad a mechanical engineer. Marjory Grimshaw instilled a love of books and music in her young son Gary who loved to draw cars and comics and considered himself a writer. The oldest with two younger sisters, Gary left home at an early age but continues to be close to his sisters. He has created art work professionally since the age of twenty - that’s four decades of music-related graphic art and counting. In 2011 just months after returning home from a serious health odyssey, Gary worked on the Concert of Colors poster and several PJ’s Lager House designs. In 2012 he began a licensing of his work in earnest; partnering with Detroit Urban Design Studios. Laura Grimshaw, his wife of twenty years, closely contributes to keep Gary’s past body of work in the public eye.

At the start of his career Gary became well known as the Grande Ballroom artist and later as the MC5 artist. These works stand out as the centerpiece of an enormously prolific output of art from the mid-1960’s to the late 1970’s. He became part of a dynamic collective of intellectuals, promoters, poets, artists, musicians - people that spent many years together in some form or another and in different circles of interest. For instance, as a Vietnam veteran he was an anti-war activist and a key player in the White Panther Party; he worked to reform unfair law and unjust incarcerations. His contribution was through art and his art inspired and energized the people. He was a member of Trans-Love Energies and The Rainbow People’s Party. He worked on newspapers, magazines, did posters to advertise music events, did record album covers. Gary worked with Underground Press Syndicate icons The San Francisco Oracle and the Ann Arbor Sun. Gary has just completed a book with Leni Sinclair that documents this celebrated era in the history of Detroit. It features a sample of his enormous output during the first fifteen or so years of his career and dynamic photography of his friend Leni Sinclair and is called “Detroit Rocks!”. Back in the late seventies he also worked with the legendary rock magazine Creem as an associate art director. During this time he and his then-wife had a son named Alan Morgan Grimshaw. Gary’s son continues the Grimshaw art and design tradition with his own career.

 

 

Posters and Handbills by Gary Grimshaw

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Traffic at Grande Ballroom 4/12-14/68 by Gary Grimshaw

4/12/1968

DET-GBR.1968.04.12

Grande Ballroom 4/12-14/68

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Psychedelic Stooges at Grande Ballroom 4/17-21/68 by Gary Grimshaw

4/17/1968

DET-GBR.1968.04.17

Grande Ballroom 4/17-21/68

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Mothers at Grande Ballroom 4/26-28/68 by Gary Grimshaw

4/26/1968

DET-GBR.1968.04.26

Grande Ballroom 4/26-28/68

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Yardbirds at Grande Ballroom 5/3-4/68 by Gary Grimshaw

5/3/1968

DET-GBR.1968.05.03

Grande Ballroom 5/3-4/68

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James Cotton Blues Band at Grande Ballroom 5/10-12/68 by Gary Grimshaw

5/10/1968

DET-GBR.1968.05.10

Grande Ballroom 5/10-12/68

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Doors at Cobo Arena 5/11/68 by Gary Grimshaw

5/11/1968

DET-GBR.1968.05.11

Cobo Arena 5/11/68

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Procul Harum at Grande Ballroom 5/17-19/68 by Gary Grimshaw

5/17/1968

DET-GBR.1968.05.17

Grande Ballroom 5/17-19/68

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Butterfield Blues Band at Grande Ballroom 5/24-26/68 by Gary Grimshaw

5/24/1968

DET-GBR.1968.05.24

Grande Ballroom 5/24-26/68

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Crazy World of Arthur Brown at Grande Ballroom 5/29-6/1/68 by Gary Grimshaw

5/29/1968

DET-GBR.1968.05.29

Grande Ballroom 5/29-6/1/68

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Cream at Grande Ballroom 6/7-9/68 by Gary Grimshaw

6/7/1968

DET-GBR.1968.06.07

Grande Ballroom 6/7-9/68

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Soft Machine at Grande Ballroom 6/14-16/68 by Gary Grimshaw

6/14/1968

DET-GBR.1968.06.14

Grande Ballroom 6/14-16/68

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Blue Cheer at Grande Ballroom 6/21-23/68 by Gary Grimshaw

6/21/1968

DET-GBR.1968.06.21

Grande Ballroom 6/21-23/68

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Wayne Cochran at Grande Ballroom 6/28-30/68 by Gary Grimshaw

6/28/1968

DET-GBR.1968.06.28

Grande Ballroom 6/28-30/68

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Jeff Beck Group at Grande Ballroom 7/5 & 6/68 by Gary Grimshaw

7/5/1968

DET-GBR.1968.07.05

Grande Ballroom 7/5 & 6/68

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Jeff Beck at Grande Cleveland 11/22-23 & 30/68 by Gary Grimshaw

11/22/1968

DET-GBR.1968.11.22

Grande Cleveland 11/22-23 & 30/68
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MC5 at Straight Theater 3/14-16/69 by Gary Grimshaw

3/14/1969

AOR-2.227

Straight Theater 3/14-16/69

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MC5 at Grande Ballroom 4/4-6/69 by Gary Grimshaw

4/4/1969

DET-GBR.1969.04.04

Grande Ballroom 4/4-6/69

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Velvet Underground at Grande Ballroom 4/11-13/69 by Gary Grimshaw

4/11/1969

DET-GBR.1969.04.11

Grande Ballroom 4/11-13/69

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Sun Ra and His Myth - Science Arkestra at Grande Ballroom 5/16-18/69 by Gary Grimshaw

5/16/1969

DET-GBR.1969.05.16

Grande Ballroom 5/16-18/69

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MC5 at Michigan State Fairgrounds 5/30 & 31/69 by Gary Grimshaw

5/30/1969

DET-GBR.1969.05.30

Michigan State Fairgrounds 5/30 & 31/69

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MC5 at Grande Ballroom & The Eastown Theater 1/24&25/70 by Gary Grimshaw

1/24/1970

DET-GBR.1970.01.24B

Grande Ballroom & The Eastown Theater 1/24&25/70
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Joe Cocker at Cincinnati Pop Festival 3/26/70 by Gary Grimshaw

3/26/1970

DET-GBR.1970.03.26

Cincinnati Pop Festival 3/26/70
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John Lennon at Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI 12/10/70 by Gary Grimshaw

12/10/1970

DET-CAU.1970.12.10

Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI 12/10/70

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Flamin' Groovies at Grande Ballroom 6/6/71 by Gary Grimshaw

6/6/1971

DET-GBR.1971.06.06

Grande Ballroom 6/6/71

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Assemblage at Grande Ballroom 6/13/71 by Gary Grimshaw

6/13/1971

DET-GBR.1971.06.13

Grande Ballroom 6/13/71

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Up at Grande Ballroom 8/5/71 by Gary Grimshaw

8/5/1971

DET-GBR.1971.08.05B

Grande Ballroom 8/5/71

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Grateful Dead at Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 12/14-15/71 by Gary Grimshaw

12/14/1971

AOR-4.187

Hill Auditorium, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 12/14-15/71
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Up at Grande Ballroom 1/24/72 by Gary Grimshaw

1/24/1972

DET-GBR.1972.01.24

Grande Ballroom 1/24/72

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Howlin' Wolf at Otis Spann Memorial Field,  Ann Arbor, MI 9/8-10/72 by Gary Grimshaw

9/8/1972

DET-oti.1972.09.08

Otis Spann Memorial Field, Ann Arbor, MI 9/8-10/72

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Allman Brothers at Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI 12/9/72 by Gary Grimshaw

12/9/1972

AOR-4.192

Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor, MI 12/9/72
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J. Geils Band at Eastern Michigan University - Bowen Field House 3/9/73 by Gary Grimshaw

3/9/1973

AOR-4.184

Eastern Michigan University - Bowen Field House 3/9/73

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Ray Charles at Otis Spann Memorial Field,  Ann Arbor, MI 9/7-9/73 by Gary Grimshaw

9/7/1973

DET-OTI.1973.09.07

Otis Spann Memorial Field, Ann Arbor, MI 9/7-9/73

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Canned Heat at El Coliseo Cubierto Bogota, Columbia 12/7/73 by Gary Grimshaw

12/7/1973

MSO-CCB.1973.12.07

El Coliseo Cubierto Bogota, Columbia 12/7/73
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Spinal Tap at Warfield Theater 6/1-2/92 by Gary Grimshaw

6/1/1992

BGP-57

Warfield Theater 6/1-2/92

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Buddy Guy at Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 4/8/95 by Gary Grimshaw

4/8/1995

NF-183

Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 4/8/95

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Patti Smith at Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco, CA 8/14-15/98 by Gary Grimshaw

8/14/1998

NF-338

Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco, CA 8/14-15/98

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