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Finding aid for the David Singer Poster Collection
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Description
San Francisco rock concert posters produced by David Singer for promoter Bill Graham.
Background
David Singer was a prolific poster artist during the height of the psychedelic era in San Francisco, producing more posters for promoter Bill Graham than any other artist. According to the biography at Wolfgang's Vault, "Singer grew up in Pennsylvania Dutch country, where he was exposed to antiques and folk art. Another influence on his work was his childhood interest in geometric forms. Although Singer had little formal training in art, his polished presentation and prodigious output made him one of the most respected poster artists emerging from San Francisco in the 1960s. Initially uninterested in making posters, Singer assembled a portfolio of collages that he envisioned as 'greeting cards or something.' His work was rejected by most of the publishers in San Francisco but gained immediate interest from Bill Graham, the dance-concert promoter at the Fillmore Auditorium. During his Fillmore era, from 1969-1971, Singer created more posters for Graham than any other artist, most notably the double-size final poster evoking the Fillmore experience.
Extent
1 oversize flat, 77 posters
Restrictions
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permission to publish or to reproduce the material, please contact the Head of Special Collections and Archives.
Availability
Collection open for research. Advance notice is required for access.