Polo Grounds - Golden Gate Park 1/14/67
The Human Be-In took place in Golden Gate Park in January 1967 and ushered in the “Summer of Love” later that year. The Human Be-In is generally considered to be one of the most important events in the hippie/counter culture and featured “All S.F. Rock Groups,” including the Grateful Dead, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Country Joe & The Fish, Quicksilver Messenger Service, as well as Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, and Jerry Rubin. Two different posters and three handbills were made for the event, with this one being designed by Rick Griffin. Another design was produced by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley and is known as AOR 2.217.
This was really the second major piece that Griffin produced, with the first being a poster for the Psychedelic Shop in Haight - Ashbury. After seeing this poster, Chet Helms of the Family Dog invited Griffin to design posters for the Avalon Ballroom, and the rest is history. Griffin quickly rose in prominence and is considered by many to be the finest poster artist of the time.
The original poster was printed in black or brown ink and was printed on several colors of paper. The most often-seen version is black ink on white vellum. All originals measure approximately 14″ x 22″.
The second print poster was printed on white stock in blue and red ink and measures approximately 14″ x 20″.
The third print poster was printed on white/cream stock and measures approximately 14″ x 20″.
The original handbill was printed on two types of stock - one thin, like most handbills of the era, and one on thicker, more textured stock. Both measure approximately 8″ x 11″. The textured stock is much scarcer than the thin stock.
- Condition: Near Mint/Near Mint -
- Notes: A bit of restoration to touch up the upper edge. This looks virtually mint and should please most collectors.
- Condition: CGC Grade 9.4 Near Mint
- Notes: Wow! A superb example of this rare and popular poster! The only comparable piece we have seen in recent times was the amazing CGC 9.6 specimen we sold in our February 2018 auction which realized $9200.00 - this is virtually as nice!