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Books About Psychedelic Rock Posters, Art and Artists

This page lists books about psychedelic/San Francisco rock posters and related visual arts and artists that have some Grateful Dead content.

This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

Additions and corrections are welcome



Related bibliography pages:
Grateful Dead bookshelf
Grateful Dead related fiction
Grateful Dead comics/graphic novels
Grateful Dead songbooks
San Francisco sixties music books
Source and reference books
Record label bibliography


Grateful Dead poster/art books

Psychedelic Art, Robert E. L. Masters, Jean Houston, 1968

A survey of psychedelic art with over 30 colour plates and over 100 black and white illustrations. Includes contributions by Barry N. Schwartz & Stanley Krippner in addition to Masters and Houston.

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Eureka: The Great Poster Trip, Cummings G. Walker, 1969

A illustrative catlog of Bay Area posters of the second half of the 1960's.

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Electric Posters: San Francisco Rock Concert Memorabilia 1966-1968, 1974

A catalogue of an exhibition held at Memorial Union Art Gallery, University of California, Davis.

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San Francisco Rock Poster Art, 1976

A catalogue of an exhibition held at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 1976.

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Get On Down A Decade of Rock And Roll Posters, Mick Farren, 1977

A large format book with a brief history of rock posters and over 70 single page large scale color reproductions of posters.

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Mouse & Kelley, Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley, 1979

Reproduction of art work, mainly produced for album covers and posters, by two of the leading poster artists of the late 60s.

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Rick Griffin. Gordon McClelland, 1980

Biography of poster artist Rick Griffin with many poster reproductions.

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A Collector's Guide To The Numbered Dance Posters Created For Bill Graham And The Family Dog, 1966-1973, Eric King, 1980

First edition of the comprehensive guide to posters. Later editions had the title Collector's Guide to Psychedelic Rock Concert Posters, Postcards and Handbills 1965-1973.

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Art in the San Francisco Bay Area, 1945-1980: An Illustrated History, Thomas Albright, 1985

Includes a chapter on the poster art of the sixties.

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San Francisco Rock: The Illustrated History of San Francisco Rock Music, Jack McDonough, 1985

Includes a chapter on the poster art of the sixties and a number of color plates of poaters.

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The Art of Rock: Posters from Presley to Punk, 1987

This wide ranging book includes an excellent section about posters from the psychedelic period. Includes many Grateful Dead posters by the major poster artists and a brief note about the Dead's role in encouraging poster art.

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Psychedelia: The Classic Poster Book, John Platt et al, 1990

Reproductions of classic posters.

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Masters Of Rock: Psychedelic '60s, 1992

Issue 7 of a series of 80/90 page magazines. A large section of this issue looks at the poster artists of the era.

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Freehand : The Art of Stanley Mouse, 1993

A major retrospective of the work of Stanley Mouse with 125 full color plates.

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Design Library: Promotion, Stephen Knapp (Editor), 1995

This illustrated guide to the design of promotional material includes a section on Grateful Dead tickets.

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Dead On The Wall: Grateful Dead and Deadhead Iconography from 30 Years On The Bus, 1996

A catalog produce to accompany an exhibition of Dead related art held at the Huntington Beach Art Center in 1996.

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The White Rabbit and Other Delights: East Totem West: A Hippie Company, 1967-1969, Alan Bisbort, 1996

A history of East Totem West that includes over 100 illusatrions of posters and other art work.

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High Art: A History of the Psychedelic Poster, 1999

Includes posters for shows at the Avalon and Fillmore ballrooms and the UFO Club in London.

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The Art of the Fillmore: The Poster Series 1966-1971, 1999?

Chronologically arranged and comprehensive reproductions of posters used for Fillmore shows.

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Collector's Guide to Psychedelic Rock Concert Posters, Postcards and Handbills 1965-1973, Eric King, 1996?

Comprehensive guide to posters, postcards and handbills.

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Rolling Stone: The Complete Covers, Holly George-Warren, Shawn Dahl (Editors), 2000

Reproductions of all the covers of Rolling Stone magazine interspersed with comments from various contributors. At least 6 of the covers show the Grateful Dead or Jerry Garcia.

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Rolling Stone: The Illustrated Portraits, Fred Woodward, Holly George-Warren (Editors), 2000

A collection of over 200 of the best paintings, drawings and caricatures that have appeared in Rolling Stone magazine. Includes pictures of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia.

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High Societies : Psychedelic Rock Posters from Haight-Ashbury, 2001

A 92 page catalog, with 110 color plates, produced to accompany an exhibition of posters at the San Diego Museum of Art.

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Off the Wall: Psychedelic Rock Posters from San Francisco, Jean-Pierre Criqui, Amelie Gastaut, 2005

A book that showcases about 130 full page concert posters for shows in San Francisco in the second half of the 1960's.

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Summer of Love: Art of the Psychedelic Era, Editor: Christoph Grunenberg, 2005

Summer of Love presents a wide range of visual works by an international selection of artists, all influenced by the aesthetics of psychedelia, alongside a wealth of posters and other ephemera. Concentrating on the cities of San Francisco, New York and London as well as European manifestations of psychedelic art, the book explores the context on which this vibrant art was made.

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Sex, Rock & Optical Illusions, Victor Moscoso, 2006

Victor Moscoso's first major, career-spanning retrospective, from his earliest poster work in 1966 to his most recent graphic experimentation.

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Summer of Love: Psychedelic Art, Social Crisis and Counterculture in the 1960s, Eds: C. Grunenberg, J. Harris, 2006

"The Summer of Love, which accompanies an exhibition at Tate Liverpool, pays particular attention to the wildly creative psychedelic art of the era. Perceptive essays on psychedelic comics, graphic design and typography, light shows, and film successfully rescue psychedelic art from the fog of nostalgia and unjust critical neglect."

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Heart & Torch: Rick Griffin's Transcendence, Laguna Art Museum, 2007

A comprehensive, career-spanning catalog this is the first book to focus exclusively on Griffin's life's work.

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Art Of The Dead, Phil Cushway, 2012

The Art of the Dead showcases the vibrant, charismatic poster art that emerged from the streets of San Francisco in 1964 and 1966. It traces the cultural, political, and historical influences of posters as art back to Japanese wood blocks through Bell Époque, on to the Beatniks, the Free Speech Movement, and the Acid Tests.

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The Afterthought: West Coast Rock Posters and Recollections from the 60s, Jerry Kruz, 2014

The Afterthought brings back into focus the psychedelic sixties in all of their purple-haze glory, as seen through the eyes of legendary west coast music promoter and entrepreneur Jerry Kruz. Using the historical posters as a timeline, Kruzs recollections are a celebration of the resiliency of Woodstock-era arts and culture.

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The Graphic Art of the Underground: A Countercultural History, Ian Lowey and Suzy Prince, 2014

This survey of counterculture graphic art includes some coverage of psychedelic posters and related art in the chapter Out Come The Freaks.

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California Dreams: The Art of Stanley Mouse, 2015

"The first comprehensive compendium of works by one of the groundbreaking pioneers of psychedelic poster art in the late ’60s, California Dreams is a career-spanning collection of 240 pieces created over more than five decades of nonstop artistic inspiration."

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Victor Moscoso: Psychedelic Drawings 1967-1982, Norman Hathaway, 2015

This is the catalogue for the first retrospective of drawings by Victor Moscoso (born 1936), one of the preeminent graphic artists of the 20th century.

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Collector's Guide to Psychedelic Rock Concert Posters, Postcards and Handbills 1965-1973, Eric King, 201?

A recent edition of the ongoing comprehensive guide to posters, postcards and handbills.

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Rock Graphic Originals: Revolutions in Sonic Art from Plate to Print ‘55–’88, Peter Golding with Barry Miles, 2018

Rock Graphic Originals: Revolutions in Sonic Art from Plate to Print ‘55–’88 presents counterculture’s psychedelic poster art from its beat origins to its stadium rock zenith. Portfolios of 30+ poster artists – Rick Griffin, Victor Moscoso, Mouse Kelley and Hapshash amont them – are laid bare for all to see. For the first time, the sketchbooks and paste-ups, the printing plates and colour separations are unviled to reveal the layers of process integral to the design of each poster.

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Dreams Unreal: The Genesis of the Psychedelic Rock Poster, Titus O'Brien, 2020

A guide to Bay Area rock posters of the late 1960's published in conjunction with an exhibition at Albuquerque Museum in January 2020.

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Last updated February 2020