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Thursday, May 14, 2009

13th Floor Elevators Handbill - 1/7/67

13th floor elevators handbill

Here's a rare original 13th Floor Elevators handbill from the early days of the psychedelic scene in Austin. The 'Elevators had recently returned from San Francisco and were trying to play larger gigs. This piece promotes a single show featuring the 13th Floor Elevators & Conqueroo and was promoted by Electric Grandmother. The artwork is by Mark Weakley. The event took place 1/7/67 at the Doris Miller Auditorium.

It was this show that Danny Galindo invited his friend, Danny Thomas, to attend with him. Prior to the show, both jammed with Stacy Sutherland. This led to both Danny’s being asked to join the band as recounted by Danny Thomas:

"About four months after that show and party, I got a message at the dorm that IA had called; Lelan Rogers wanted to talk to me because Stacy recommended I take John Ike's place at the drums. He thought I was good enough for the job. So I drove to Houston. I still had short hair and wore a coat and tie to the interview at the offices of IA. Here are all these hippie guys with long hair and beads and blue jeans and cowboy boots. This was new to me, being a Carolina boy. They said, 'We'd like you to take the job.' Considering my circumstances, fed up with school and the draft on me, I said, 'Yeah, where do I sign.'"

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