October 1963 European concert tour program (Michel+Kieser)
Original vintage concert program book produced for the American Folk Blues Festival October 1963 package tour of continental Europe, featuring Muddy Waters, Lonnie Johnson, Otis Spann, Victoria Spivey, Sonny Boy Williamson, Bill Stepney, Willie Dixon, Matt Guitar Murphy, Memphis Slim, and Big Joe Williams. It was legendary 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. This particular copy comes from the archive of promoter Horst Lippmann.
In original black and brown pictorial matte-coated wrappers, perfect bound, 27.7 x 25.5 cm, 52 pp. Bilingual edition with text in English and German. In excellent condition, tightly bound and clean. Appears unread. Additional images of the program available on request.