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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

13th Floor Elevators Avalon 9/30, 10/1 Ticket!

13th Floor Elevators Avalon
13th Floor Elevators Avalon

Get a load of this 13th Floor Elevators ticket, mint, good for admission to a pair of early shows at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. The shows took place September 30 / October 1, 1966, and featured the 13th Floor Elevators & Quicksilver Messenger Service. These were the 28th shows in the Family Dog series. The ticket measures approximately 1 1/2" x 3", and remains in excellent/flawless condition.

13th Floor Elevators Avalon
13th Floor Elevators Avalon

The poster for these shows is one of the most famous of the Psychedelic Era. Art by Stanley Mouse & Alton Kelley, image ("Zebra Man") is # 28 in the Family Dog/Avalon series. Image "borrowed" from Life Magazine 1954 cover shot.

The original poster was printed on vellum and measures approximately 14″ x 20″. The notation “The Bindweed Press San Francisco” appears in the lower right corner. There is notable color variation from a true orange to a reddish orange, but all are from the original press run of 2,000 copies.

There is also a very rare original with a green background which was possibly a test run.

The second print poster was printed on vellum and measures approximately 14″ x 20″. The notation “28(2)” appears in the lower left corner and the Bindweed credit appears in the lower right corner. Only 1,000 of this printing were produced.

The third print poster was printed on uncoated index stock and measures approximately 14″ x 20″. This poster has the notation “28( )” in the lower left corner and the Bindweed credit has been deleted.

There is also a reprint made by Capitol Records. This poster carries the notation “28(3)” in the lower left corner.


There are also two forgeries of this poster, both bearing the “San Francisco Poster Co.” credit. One of these forgeries has yellow “zebra” stripes while the other has dark pink stripes.


13th Floor Elevators Avalon
13th Floor Elevators Avalon
The original handbill was printed on thin paper and measures approximately 5″ x 8″. The color of the stripes in these handbills varies considerably from yellow to red, with red being quite rare.

Here is a tracklisting from the 9/30/66 show:

1. Somebody to Love
2. Before You Accuse Me
3. You Don't Know
4. I'm Gonna Love You Too
5. You Really Got Me
6. Splash One (Now I'm Home)
7. Fire Engine
8. Roll Over Beethoven
9. The Word
10. Monkey Island
11. Roller Coaster

Here's a Youtube of 9/30/66:



This recording has been issued under various titles over the years, with the album cover and track listings for each version differing from one another. While this may be frustrating for collectors, what truly matters is that this recording offers a rare peak at the Elevators performing live while they were at their peak.


Below this is another vid that shows a 13th Floor Elevators Avalon 9/30/66 / 10/1/66 poster signed by EVERYBODY except Stacy.


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