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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Conqueroo Avalon Ballroom 7/12-14/68

Conqueroo Avalon
Conqueroo Avalon

Conqueroo Avalon Ballroom 7/12-14/68


Artist:
Paul Kagan

Performers:
Steve Miller Band
Howlin' Wolf
Conqueroo

The original poster was printed on glossy stock and measures approximately 14⅛″ x 20″.

The postcard comes in four varieties:
  1. The Type A card has a “place stamp here” back and measures approximately 5″x 7″.
  2. The Type B card is a double card of the images of FD-127 and 128. This card has a “place stamp here” reverse and measures approximately 6″ x 9″.
  3. The Type C card is a double card of the images of FD-127 and 128. This card has a bulk rate permit on the reverse and measures approximately 6″ x 9″.
  4. The Type D card is a double card of the images of FD-127 and 128 that was mechanically addressed and mailed. This card has a bulk rate permit on the reverse and measures approximately 6″ x 9″
If one keeps an eye out on eBay one can find these variations pretty easily and cheaply. It's cool to frame these variations together.

The Conqueroo too their name from a Willie Dixon tune - Hootchie Cootchie Man with the lyrics:

I've got a black cat's bone

I've got a mojo too

I've got a John the Conqueroo

I'm gonna mess with you

From Wikipedia:
John the Conqueror, also known as High John the Conqueror, John de Conquer, and many other folk variants, is a folk hero from African-American folklore. He is associated with a certain root, the John the Conquer root, or John the Conqueroo, to which magical powers are ascribed in American folklore, especially among the hoodoo tradition of folk magic. It's also known that the seeds of plants belonging to the genus impomea contain a LSD-like psychedelic substance (Ergine).

The root and its magical uses are mentioned in a number of blues lyrics. Regardless of which name is used, in these contexts "conqueror" is pronounced "conker" or sometimes "conqueroo".

Here is what Wiki says about Ergine:
LSA, also known as d-lysergic acid amide, d-lysergamide, ergine, and LA-111, is an alkaloid of the ergoline family that occurs in various species of vines of the Convolvulaceae and some species of fungi. As the dominant alkaloid in the hallucinogenic seeds of Rivea corymbosa (ololiuhqui), Argyreia nervosa (Hawaiian baby woodrose) and Ipomoea tricolor (morning glories, tlitliltzin), it is often stated that ergine and/or isoergine (its epimer) is responsible for the psychedelic activity.

BTW, a "mojo" is a tied bag of Hoodoo charms according to Wiki:
A mojo is an amulet of African-American hoodoo practice, a flannel bag containing one or more magical items. It is related to the West African word "mojuba," meaning a prayer of praise and homage. It is a "prayer in a bag", or a spell that can be carried with or on the host's body. Alternative American names for the mojo bag include hand, mojo hand, conjure hand, lucky hand, conjure bag, trick bag, root bag, toby, jomo, and gris-gris bag.



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