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AMERICAN FOLK BLUES FESTIVAL ’62.

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Multiple signed October 1962 German concert tour poster (Michel+Kieser)

Unique, one of a kind, original first printing concert poster designed by Hans Michel and Günther Kieser to promote the 1962 American Folk Blues Festival, which took place at various German cities during October 1962. Performing artists included John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Willie Dixon, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Armand “Jump” Jackson, Shakey Jake Harris, and singer Helen Humes. The poster has been authentically signed by the artist Günther Kieser as well as the entire entourage except Jump Jackson. T-Bone Walker also dated it 10-6-62, which is the date for the concert at the Kongreßhalle in Frankfurt – the first AFBF concert on German soil.

It was legendary German promoters Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau who were responsible for the festival since its start back in 1962 where they stuck upon the idea of bringing a cross section of American blues musicians to Europe for a package tour. Dubbed “The American Folk Blues Festival,” the shows were a major success and played a vital role in exposing American roots music to a new and appreciative audience abroad, especially in the United Kingdom, where the concerts proved to be a significant eye-opener for the founding members of the British blues-rock boom. Lippman and Rau turned the tour into an annual event and, fortunately, arranged for their artists to appear on a series of television specials recorded for German television.

The poster measures 83.6 x 59.0 cm and is beautifully printed in pink and black inks on thin, uncoated paper stock. The poster has been folded and there is a 2 cm closed tear to the center of the bottom border. There is a tack hole to each corner and the poster shows signs of handling wear, presumably from the signing session. Additional photos available on request.

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