THE FIRST PARIS MUSIC FESTIVAL.
Pelouse de Reuilly, Paris October 1969 concert poster
Original first printing concert poster advertising The First Paris Music Festival originally to be staged at the Pelouse de Reuilly in Vincennes near Paris on 24th–28th October, 1969. Unfortunately, the promoters of the festival, Jean Georgakarakos and Jean Luc Young, couldn’t get a licence from the French authorities and the entire festival had to be relocated to Amougies, near the town of Tournai, right across the Franco-Belgian border. The festival took place over five nights, entertaining an audience of 20,000 to a splendid mixture of progressive rock and jazz, featuring Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Ten Years After, Colosseum, Aynsley Dunbar, Freedom, Keith Relf’s Renaissance, Alexis Korner, the Nice, Caravan, Blossom Toes, Yes, Pretty Things, Chicken Shack, Soft Machine, Fat Mattress, East of Eden, Archie Shepp, and many more. Frank Zappa was hired as M.C. together with Pierre Lattes, a famous French TV presenter. Zappa even jammed with Pink Floyd on “Interstellar Overdrive” and a documentary was made by one Jerome Laperrousaz.
The poster measures 38.2 x 53.0 cm and is beautifully printed on thin, light coated paper stock (coated on front only). There is a tape mark to the center of the top border on the back of the poster, else in near excellent unfolded condition. Additional photos available on request.