This poster known as “Trip or Freak”, was the collaboration of three of the Big Five Masters and most talented artists of back in the day – Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse. It is one of the most enduring images of the psychedelic poster era.
The central image is of Lon Chaney from the Phantom of the Opera (1925) and was Kelley’s contribution. The concert information lettering at the bottom was done by Griffin and the “Trip or Freak” lettering in the form of a topless woman was by Mouse.
The “Trip or Freak Fantasmagoraball” was held 50 years ago on Halloween in 1967 at the Winterland Arena. Winterland would later be renovated and used for hundreds of concerts throughout the 70’s, but for this concert it was still a dilapidated, run down place with a definite Halloween-like atmosphere. The popularity of this “Poster From The Past” has helped push the price of a top condition original piece to as much as the $5000 mark… or more. One reason this poster is as rare as it is is because hundreds of these posters were dipped in LSD and each head was one healthy hit, this poster was literally eaten off the planet, just sayin’!
Performing that evening were The Quicksilver Messenger Service, The Grateful Dead and Big Brother and the Holding Company. This dance/concert lived up to the awesomeness of the poster. UNFORGETABLE! It was printed two times.
Approved by the Phantom….& Professor Poster
Track 01)Alligator->drums 11:56
Track 02)Caution//cut, 18:20
Track 03)Cryptical Envelopment->01:41
Track 04)The Other One-> 02:33
Track 05)Cryptical Reprize 10:41
This is a fake version of this show comprised of material from November 10th and 11th, 1967