One of the icons of psychedelic art, Alton was born Jun 17, 1940 in Houlton Maine. He spent his childhood in Connecticut. Art was his passion and he honed his craft at art schools in Philadelphia and New York. His career blossomed in San Francisco where he lived in Haight-Asbury which was the nucleus of rock music and art.
Alton’s collaboration with Stanley Mouse in 1966 gave both artists a chance to merge their talents. They developed distinctive images we all recognize. They worked in a unique side by side at their drawing tables with Mouse on the right side since his drafting skills were stronger with Kelley doing layout. Mouse and Kelley worked quickly producing a poster a week. They produced album covers for the Grateful Dead, Steve Miller Band, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jimi Hendrix as well as poster for the Avalon Ballroom and the Fillmore. The last time they collaborated for the cover art for the induction ceremony at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in March 2008
We lost Alton Kelley in June 2008. Mint condition posters are selling for thousands of dollars. It is a testimony to the fame Alton Kelley never dreamed of having.
Mom & Seth had the opportunity of meeting Alton Kelley at a rare gathering of famous Psychedelic artists in San Francisco in 1989. It was a thrilling moment in time never to be duplicated.
It has been a special treat for Mom & Seth to be involved with this sp concert that was sponsored by Jerry Garcia. It was to raise funds for the legal fees of the early psychedelic artists so that they could be fairly paid for their work and also have the ability to reproduce some of the art. Stanley Mouse was one of the big 5 that designed the art work that helped to define a special style of art that will live forever.
Leaving Detroit where he grew up he arrived in San Francisco in late 1965. He was doing a lot of airbrush work. He was painting hot rods on t shirts at fairs. He was fascinated by the weirdo hot rod art movement. In 1965 he settled in Oakland California and met Alton Kelley and this changed his life. He joined the red dog saloon gang who later changed their name to Family Dog. In 1966 Mouse & Kelley joined forces and produced poster art work for the psychedelic music scene.
Some of the very famous work that Mouse created over the years is the cover for Grateful Dead Family Album written by Jerilyn Brandelius, Scarab logo for the band Journey , and The Book of Dreams logo for The Steve Miller Band
In psychedelic art Wes Wilson’s art helped to define the psychedelic style that defined the era of the 60’s and 70’s. In fact he is generally acknowledged as the father of the 60’s rock concert poster. His poster feature his admiration and respect for the feminine form and are considered to be an enduring representation of the entire period.
It is about the recognizable balloon shaped writing with complimentary colors right next to each other in very exciting ways. He wanted a poster that people liked to look at. He wanted to use up all the space on the poster. His art was based on a combination of a whole bunch of things and all based on his idealism that things are going to get better.
Wilson’s idealism had him doing posters and fundraising for the “Appeal”and the Merry Prankster Acid Tests were dance hall concerts to benefit anti involvement in the Vietnam War. He was also doing posters for, the Family Dog, Fillmore Auditorium. In May of 1967 he had a dispute with Bill Graham over money and Wilson no longer did posters for Graham. However, he continued to produce posters the Avalon and other venues.
Seth and I have had the good fortune of meeting Wes and have a few of his postcards available for our customers. They will not be on the Website and you can call Mom at 856 424 6166. At this time I have 4 of each of these post cards “The Sound” which 8” x 4” and Grateful Dead Fillmore Jan. 1967 5 1/2” x 3 ½” . I also have in my personal collection a copy of his newsletter that was a tribute to Rick Griffin which is not for sale .
Rick Griffin was born near Palos Verdes, California June 1944. During his childhood he would accompany his father, who was an archaeologist on digs in the Southwest. His exposure to Native American and ghost town artifacts influenced his art work. He was introduced to the art of surfing at a very young age, this along with his love of cars and motorcycles were influences in his professional art work. His character Murph the surf was well known in surfing circles.
Destiny played a profound roll in his life at the time he was about to leave the US and emigrate to Australia, Rick hitched a ride and was involved in an auto accident that left him near death. He remembers hearing the words of the 23rd Psalm. In later years this event proved a factor in his later conversion to Christianity. The event also caused his left eye to be dislocated and it is thought that this influenced his characteristic fluid lettering.
In 1967 he produced a poster for the Human Be-In in Golden Gate Park this was advertised as the “Gathering of the Tribes” and as the Summer of Love continued he was in high demand. He produced a series of posters for Chet Helms,( Family Dog) and Bill Graham (Avalon Ballroom and the Filmore).
Along with Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse, Victor Moscoso and Wes Wilson, he became known as one of the “Big Five” of psychedelia. In 1967 they founded the Berkeley-Bonapart distribution agency to produce and sell psychedelic poster art. The famous “Flying Eyeball” poster is among one of the most important of contribution to the psychedelic art movement. In the 70’s he produced the illustrated Book of Saint John and later created work for the Calvary Chapel in Costa Messa.
It was on August 15, 1991 that Rick placed a phone call to the Robert Beerbohm’s gallery from a payphone in a grocery store. He learned that one of hjis paintings had just sold for $1800. On his way home he was forced off the road by a van and he died three days later from his injuries.
I am so happy to have had the opportunity meet him and know that his work will be appreciated for generations to come. His loss was overwhelming he was a true visionary and an outstanding talent.
Many of his art work is represented in Woodstock Trading Company in poster, magnets, clothing and products for the home.
One of the most technical and influential drummers in the world of rock is part of the dynamic duo called: THE RHYTHM DEVILS (Mickey Hart being the other half) was the first drummer to become a member of the Grateful Dead. He has performed with this hard rocking touring group for over 50 years. He is a somewhat quite person and many people do not realize the great contribution he has given to music over these 5 decades and he is still going strong.
In his youth, he wanted to play drums and in fact his music teacher actually threw him out telling him he was unable to keep a beat. Determination and hard work certainly proved this teacher wrong. If you have a calling sometimes the nay Sayers are not always correct. Bill took lessens from another teacher and he kept time with his mother when she was choreographing dance routines. You know the rest.
Bill Kreutzmann is also well known for his wonderful paintings and uses digital compositions in his art. In addition, like Jerry Garcia he has great love for the oceans. He has also authored an autobiography called “Deal”…definitely worth a read. He has had solo projects namely 7 Walkers as well as Billy and the Kids.
I have enjoyed so many different kinds of entertainment over the years at the Mann. It is just a wonderful venue to spend an evening meeting and greeting everyone. I always feel excited and relaxed at the same time…there is something so special at the Mann.
The Mann Center for the Performing Arts located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park, founded in 1935 as the summer home for the Philadelphia Orchestra. It has since hosted numerous world-class artists and touring companies just to name a few: The American Ballet Theatre, Marian Anderson, Leonard Bernstein, Buena Vista Social Club, Ray Charles, Judy Garland, the Metropolitan Opera, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Paul Robeson, Itzhak Perlman, Lang Lang, Midori, and Yo-Yo Ma. Major Philadelphia premieres have included the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Bolshoi Ballet and Orchestra’s production of Spartacus, and Britain’s Royal Ballet’s productions of Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake. Among the scores of award-winning popular artists presented by the Mann in recent years are Jack Johnson, Ed Sheeran, Phish, Tony Bennett, Mary J. Blige, Roger Daltrey, Bob Dylan, Furthur, Arcade Fire, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Jill Scott, James Taylor, Damien Rice, Alabama Shakes, Bon Iver, Lana Del Rey, The National, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. In 2010, 2011 & 2014, the Mann was nominated by Pollstar, as “Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue” in North America.
If you are planning to spend a day at the Mann, be sure to come prepared. I have brought my lunch and had a picnic under some of the shade trees.
It is on the list of the top things to do when in the Philadelphia area…also included should be a visit to Woodstock Trading Company either before of after an event at the Mann…Mom says bring in your ticket stub within that week and get a 10% discount store wide…However she will make you talk about your experience…be prepared to chat!!!
Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia St. Patrick’s Day Short Sleeve Shirt. This design commemorates Jerry’s show at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, NJ on March 17, 1978.
Grateful Dead Celtic Cross V Tie Dye Short Sleeve Tee Shirt primarily in shades of green has Grateful Dead written out above a clover like psychedelic design. With in the clover pattern there are little Irish flags with bolts for the white bar in the stealies along with the iconic 13 point dead symbolic of the Dead. Very popular with our Deadheads for St. Patric’s Day.
Grateful Dead Celtic Steal Your Face Tie Dye Short Sleeve Tee Shirt.
Don’t forget your favorite Grateful Dead Pint Glass. Grateful Dead Steal Your Face 16 Ounce Mug. A nice smokey color glass for your favorite beverage. Hand wash only.
Mom & Seth hope to see you sometime this summer in Camden!!!
Follow the cars with bumper stickers and people inside wearing tie dyes…you’ll find the places (never mind your GPS)
Drop in to Woodstock Trading Company before or after the show…show us your tickets on tour dates and get a 10% discount store wide and a FREE sample of incense.
Dead and Company 2016 Tour Dates (Confirmed on Feb. 8 via Billboard)
June 9 – Bonnaroo, Manchester, Tenn.
June 10 – PNC Music Pavilion, Charlotte, N.C.
June 16 – Riverbend Music Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
June 17 – Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind.
June 20 – BB&T Pavilion, Camden, N.J.
June 21 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Spring, N.Y.
June 23 – Jiffy Lube Live, Bristow, Va.
June 25-26 – Citi Field, Flushing, N.Y.
June 28 – Xfinity Theatre, Hartford, Conn.
July 2-3 – Folsom Field, Boulder, Colo.
July 7 – DTE Energy Music Theatre, Detroit, Mich.
July 9-10 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wis.
July 13 – First Niagara Pavilion, Pittsburgh, Pa.
July 15-16 – Fenway Park, Boston, Mass.
What happened to summer?! I just looked at my calendar and it is already fall with Halloween just around the corner. In fact, we are planning to have two bands for a FREE concert on October 26th. The bands are Killing Aunt Grace (a cigar box band with handmade instruments made out of cigar boxes), and April Mae and the June Bugs. Not only will this be a free concert, but it will also be a costume event. It will be Halloween time. We want to make this fun for everyone. However, if you dress up like a hippie, we will not consider it a costume. As far as we are concerned, that is everyday attire. LOL!
Discussing Halloween makes me realize that the holidays a just as close, especially for anyone wanting to have items shipped in time for gift giving. When someone asks me to suggest a special gift, I always think about giving something that will last all year long. The first thing that comes to mind is a wall calendar. Of course, it is a Grateful Dead calendar. This year’s 2014 Grateful Dead calendar features the artwork of Mike Dubois.
He has produced Grateful Dead artwork since the beginning of the band’s history. Most everyone has seen some of his work at various times of their lives. I have saved and cherished my personal Dead calendars from over the years. My only caveat for those who purchase a calendar from Woodstock is this; the calendar is not to have any bad notes. If you have a dentist appointment, buy another calendar. I jest, I jest. Or do I? Don’t forget that we have other 2014 wall calendars, too.
Always remember to save the Dead calendar from each year and always say, “Thank you for a real good time!”
And, here at Woodstock…we’ve got lots of pussy to go around!
Two years ago when our beloved cat, May, died on Mother’s Day, (she was going on 20), this couple came into the store carrying a teeny tiny orange bundle of joy. They put this bright little orange kitten on the floor.
Our Monstro touched noses with him, turned around and marched the kitten into the bathroom where he could find food and water. The two of them then promptly fell asleep in their beds next to one another. I turned around to thank the couple and they were gone. I have often thought of how happy I am to have had this little orange angel, Mugsy, come into our lives.
He is our little electrical engineer. He likes to make the fax machine beep and loves to watch the shredder work. He also enjoys a ride on the sliding copy machine. He is family!
Last Sunday, the door opened and this couple came into the store. They peered around the store and asked, “Do you still have an orange kitty?” I brought them into the office to showcase Mugsy. Of course, he was fast asleep on top of the high printer, like the king of hill. He responded to them, came down.They were delighted at how happy he is here and said, “We are the ones who brought Mugsy to you.” I was tingling all over with joy.
They told me how they had found him in the woods that day. He was covered in leaves and debris. They had taken him home, cleaned him up and contacted a friend, who mentioned our recent loss and suggested we might love a new kitten at the store, a new pal for Monstro.
Their recent visit was a particularly poignant moment, as Maverick and IO (EEE-OH), our beloved cats at our home for almost 20 years, both recently passed within a month of each other. Our home is a very different place without them.
Hence, our love for Mugsy is even more appreciated and intensified these days.
DIANE AND JAY…THANK YOU, AGAIN!
It has been a wonderful journey having both monstro and mugsy to keep us company and greet all of you. Monstro will get his day in the sun here soon on the blog! His story will be told…
It is truly a wonderment to share your life with these little creatures. I cannot fully express to you the life-changing relationship you can develop with a cat.
I hope you realize the adoption of any animal is a long-term commitment that has its ups and downs, good and bad. But, in the end…it’s all good!
SO…YOU WANNA BE HAPPY? GET A LITTLE “PUSSY” IN YOUR LIFE!
Visit the WTC ADOPTION KENNEL FOR CATS at the Voorhees Animal Orphanage! 421 Cooper Road Voorhees Township, NJ 08043 (856) 627-9111