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Rare 1968 Frank Zappa "Electric Factory" Concert Poster

Lot Number 1271

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It was the stuff of legend when Frank Zappa made his Electric Factory debut. As Factory co-founder Larry Magid wrote in his memoir, "Zappa was one part Baltimore doo-wopper and one part impresario, with a little taskmaster thrown in. He was tough on his band—but that made his band tight. He was also a very cool, intimidating guy, with his exaggerated, droopy Fu Manchu mustache and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. When he first walked into the Electric Factory, on the Friday afternoon before his first show, Zappa looked around cautiously. 'Let me show you how we think about you,' I told him. I took Zappa to a bathroom in the little area where we'd built a flea market. Into the stall we went, and I lifted the lid of the toilet seat. On the inside of the lid was a painting of Zappa's face; the seat itself was his arms. He burst out laughing. He thought everyone was full of it, including himself."


That very show in March of '68 is the source of this extremely rare survivor. Possibly silk-screened, the mesmerizing 11x17 paper poster retains all of its original Day-Glo brightness. Design credit goes to the artist Reyes, and the calendar-style concert list at top also includes seminal shows by Janis Joplin and Muddy Waters. FR/GD condition.

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