Volksbildungsheim, Frankfurt October 1983 concert poster (Günther Kieser)
Original first printing concert poster advertising the American Folk Blues Festival at the Volksbildungsheim in Frankfurt [Germany] on Sunday, 30th October, 1983, presented by Lippmann+Rau. Performing artists included Louisiana Red, Blues Queen Sylvia, Jimmy Rogers, Lovie Lee, Carey Bell, Charles “Honey Boy” Otis, Larry Johnson, Lonnie Pitchford, and James “Sparky” Rucker. The festival celebrated the late great Muddy Waters, who had died on 30th April, 1983 at the age of 70. 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 features artwork by Günther Kieser with his imprint to the center of the left side border.
The poster measures 61.0 x 85.6 cm and is printed on thin, coated paper stock. In excellent unfolded and unmarked condition. Feel free to email us with any questions you may have concerning this item. Additional images of the poster available on request.