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POSTERS - 1965-1972

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Contents
  • Cambridge Folk Festival flyer, 1965
  • The Man Who Called Himself Jesus, 1968
  • Warwick University poster, Roy Harper and Strawbs, 8 Dec 1968
  • Strawbs flyer, Adam and Eve Folk Culb, 26 September 1969
  • Lyceum, London gig, 31 July 1970 (repro)
  • Antiques & Curios poster, 1970
  • Conservation Society Charity Show, Royal Albert Hall, December 1970
  • Guildford, 2 Jan 1971
  • Leeds Poly, 26 Feb 1971
  • April 1971 tour
  • Lyceum Pop Festival, Edinburgh, July 1971 (345mm x 230mm)
  • Roskilde Festival, August 1971
  • Shaw Theatre, London, October 1971 (470mm x 315mm)
  • Grave New World US release poster (91cm x 59cm)
  • Grave New World Tour, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, 6 Feb 1972 (760mm x 510mm)
  • Portsmouth Guildhall gig, 18 Feb 1972
  • Whisky A Go Go poster
  • GNW Italian release poster
  • Grave New World film, handbill for Brighton showings, Oct 1972
  • Cambridge Folk Festival flyer, 1965 (*)

    Strawbs played at the very first Cambridge Folk Festival in 1965 as the Strawberry Hill Boys.

    The Man Who Called Himself Jesus, 1968

    Back in 2000, I met Ron Chesterman when he came to a Shrewsbury Strawbs gig and had arranged to drive him back to Chester the next day and spend some time with him. He very kindly let me photocopy loads of his stuff (an archivist by training, there was lots to see) and gave me this splendid poster. (DG)

    Warwick University poster, Roy Harper and Strawbs, 8 Dec 1968

    A very early gig poster for a show at Warwick University in Coventry, produced no doubt by the university.

    Strawbs flyer, Adam and Eve Folk Culb, 26 September 1969

    Folk club flyer (130mm x 210mm) for a show at the Adam and Eve Folk Club - held at the Adam and Eve pub, now closed, in Bradford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B12.

    Lyceum, London gig, 31 July 1970 (repro)

    This was the gig where the late Keith Emerson hired a box to get to see the new keyboard wizard on the block, after the "Tomorrow's Superstar" headlines following Wakeman's performance at the Strawbs' legendary QEH gig earlier in the month. (DG)

    Antiques & Curios poster, 1970

    This promotional poster for Antiques and Curios reproduces the cover shot for the album - it was folded before I got it, so I'm not responsible for the creases ... (DG)

    Conservation Society Charity Show, Royal Albert Hall, December 1970

    From eBay, this poster advertised a one-off showcase concert at the Royal Albert Hall, organised by Strawbs newly appointed management Arnakata (all the acts - Al Stewart and Hardin & York supported - were Arnakata acts). The concert raised some cash for charity (The Conservation Society), which was presented by Strawbs to Ralph Richardson. Sorry about the missing text - I'm afraid the poster has been trimmed, possiblly owing to damage down the left hand side.(DG)

    Guildford, 2 Jan 1971 (*)

    On 2 Jan 1971, Strawbs performed at Guildford and Jerry Gilbert was there to review it for Sounds. This image supplied by Merv Williams (DG)



    Leeds Poly, 26 Feb 1971

    Supported by Linda Lewis (DG)



    April 1971 tour (repro)

    Flyer for Strawbs' 1971 tour, with support band Brake & Crane (mis-spelt here), formerly known as Paper Bubble. (I have the same gig as a poster (not an original, but a repro on expensive paper), with everything below "Break & Crane" missing. There are posters for other venues with the same design, most likely printed up by Strawbs' management and provided to the venues for overprinting with local details. (DG)

    Lyceum Pop Festival, Edinburgh, July 1971 (345mm x 230mm)

    On Saturday 3 July Strawbs performed at the Lyceum Edinburgh Pop Festival, supported by prog/folk outfit Bread Love and Dreams - this would have been one of )(if not the last) Wakeman live show, as he left later that month. Other attractions included a double bill on Sunday night of Fairport Convention and a very newly minted Stealers Wheel (almost certainly the original line-up with Rab Noakes joining Egan and Rafferty - the astonishing archive at University of Glasgow - click here has listings of documents about the show - including contracts/letters relating to many of the bands - Stealers Wheel and Fairport, but not the Strawbs). (DG)




  • Roskilde Festival, August 1971
  • Roskilde Festival, Denmark,August 1971 (repro)

    This is from a good copy, not the original. So, back to Denmark for the Strawbs: appearing alongside them was the sitar player - Cy Nicklin - from the Sandy Denny sessions, both of whose bands, Day Of The Phoenix and Culpepper's Orchard are on the bill (he was probably only with the latter by then, as he is said to have "suddenly" left the earlier band). Phoenix covered "Tell Me (What You See In Me)" and another Nicklin group - Cy, Robert & Maia covered "I'm On My Way" (see Covers page for info on both of these).



    Shaw Theatre, London, October 1971 (470mm x 315mm)

    The first concert with Blue Weaver on keyboards was held at London's Shaw Theatre, with various additional attractions - a dancer and a mime artist. This poster had the words to the songs on the back - some interesting variations in the lyrics for "Tomorrow" from the ultimately recorded version. Includes an early Cousins/Lambert co-write "Morning Song", not recorded until 2004's Deja Fou as "Sunday Morning" (DG)



    Grave New World US release poster (91cm x 59cm)

    A huge "wanderer" poster for the US to mark the release of Grave New World (it also appeared in reduced form as a Billboard ad) (DG)

    Grave New World Tour, Cliffs Pavilion, Southend, February 1972 (760mm x 510mm)

    I think this may have been the first Strawbs concert that my good friend Lindsay Sorrell went to. This poster, bought on eBay, is in beautiful condition, and shows that A&M were lavishing care and attention on Strawbs - full colour tour support ! (DG)

    Portsmouth Guildhall gig, 18 Feb 1972 (repro)

    A local poster advertising the Grave New World tour. From a repro small size copy.(DG)

    Whisky A Go Go poster (photocopy) (61cm x 46 cm)

    This is a photocopy of the original poster, given to me a long while back (DG)

    Grave New World Italian release poster

    This is a magnificent beast, with silver printing (DG)

    Grave New World film, handbill for Brighton showings, Oct 1972

    The Grave New World film went out as a package with Emerson Lake & Palmer's Pictures At An Exhibition movie (and again later with Pink Floyd Live at Pompeii) (DG)


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