1969-Grateful Dead–Carousel Ballroom- PAE Graded Mint 97

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Artist Alton Kelley’s “Memorial” poster announced a three-day run of Grateful Dead shows at the Carousel Ballroom over Memorial Day weekend in ’69. This disturbing yet colorful design illustrates a darker reflection of the national day of remembrance. However disturbing this piece is always on the top of everyone’s “want list”!

The Carousel Ballroom was a short-lived venture by several of the San Francisco bands in managing their own music venue. The experiment which only spanned a few months in 1968 failed due to the bands obvious lack of business prowess. That paired with the questionable ethics of one time Dead manager Ron Rakow led to the Ballrooms demise.  Additionally Bill Graham did not take well to the competition and did everything he could to make sure that the venture failed. The fate of the Carousel was that Bill Graham bought the floundering concert hall and renamed it the Fillmore West. Although the Carousel was short lived it inspired a series of posters that are amongst the best of the entire genre of 1960's psychedelic concert poster.

Note: This example is one of the more common cases where the days of the week are blacked out.


  • Poster – Grateful Dead Carousel Ballroom
  • Sub Title - Memorial
  • Grade – Mint 97
  • Bands/Bill- Grateful Dead
  • Venue- Carousel Ballroom
  • City – San Francisco California
  • Date – 5/30/68
  • Dimensions- 13 15/16” x 22 3/16”
  • Printing-  (OP-1) – Original Printing
  • Artist – Alton Kelley
  • Series/ Promoter- Carousel
  • AOR # - 2.160
  • Condition Details – This poster exhibits no flaws. There are no nicks cuts tears pinholes or restoration of any kind.


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