Jimi Hendrix Prince Two Poster Set DNA Lounge Fillmore East Signed David Byrd
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Two Poster Set: Jimi Hendrix at the Fillmore West Unused Design and the Prince poster it inspired. These are special artist editions created by rock art legend David Edward Byrd.
In 1968, Byrd was hired to create a poster for The Jimi Hendrix Experience at the Fillmore East. The Hendrix poster pictured here was the original that Byrd submitted. Hendrix rejected the design because he wanted all three band members to be pictured. David went back to the drawing board and created the famous orange Hendrix Fillmore East poster. The exploding headdress version was shelved.
But a number of years ago, David was rummaging around in an old file cabinet and found a yellowed folder filled with pencil sketches of 13 of his legendary poster designs, one of which was the Hendrix with the cosmic helmet. He re-created the image employing the same techniques he used in the ‘60s, a back-painted film positive.
He said, “I made a subsequent decision to create the art as I originally created its successor — as a backpainted film positive, the same process used before the digital era to create animation cells. For me, this somehow captures the Experience of seeing and hearing him live that night, the only time I got to see him perform.”
Fast forward to 2013. Prince was playing the Oakland Coliseum and had arranged for an after-hours show at the DNA Lounge. Could David create a poster for Prince’s after-hours performance at the DNA Lounge? And could that poster be a homage to that original Hendrix?
Here are both!
Jimi Hendrix Poster at the Fillmore East, NY in 1968 Unused Design Artist’s Edition Prince Poster with 3rd Eye Girl at the DNA Lounge, San Francisco, May 10, 2013.