Jefferson Airplane Poster
BG100 is one of Bonnie MacLean's favorite posters. She started the assignment when she was pregnant with her son and wove the peace dove into the composition as her symbolic wish for the new year. This New Year's Eve concert continued the Bill Graham tradition of non-stop, 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. celebration and included breakfast for the diehard fans remaining on the dance floor.
The 1st printing poster, printed before the concert on 12/12/1967, does not display a green "inkblot" just below the crook of the "V" in "Quicksilver" as seen in the reprint. It measures 14" x 21".
The 2nd printing poster contains a green "inkblot" below the crook of the "V" in "Quicksilver". It measures 14" x 21" and was printed after the concert on 8/17/1968 in a run of 1,250.
The 3rd printing is on smooth glossy stock and has a Wolfgang's Vault notation in the lower right hand margin. It was printed in 2010 by the Bill Graham Archives LLC in a 500 copy run. This reprint measures 24 5/8" x 37".
The 4th printing is on uncoated matte stock and has "W 2020" in the lower right hand margin. It was printed in 2020 by Wolfgang's in a 500 copy run. This reprint measures 13" x 20".
The 5th printing is on coated matte stock and has "W 2020" in the lower right hand margin. It was printed in 2020 by Wolfgang's in a 500 copy run. This reprint measures 18 1/4" x 28".
During the early days of the Fillmore, MacLean was the most "present" member of the staff. She collected tickets, passed out handbills, blew up balloons and counted money for Fillmore productions. Impressed with her lettering skill on the upcoming attractions chalkboards, Bill Graham surprised her with an easel and art supplies for Christmas, 1967, and MacLean's poster artist career was launched. Untrained in graphic arts, MacLean's early style evolved into ornate, Medieval-Gothic designs. Faces in her posters wore trance-like stares, steady and serene, and evoke the detached spirituality of the sixties.