American Folk Blues Festival, Original Vintage Concert Poster, Sportpalast, Berlin, Oct. 12 1963, produced by Horst Lippmann, designed by Gunther Kieser, with the Michel+Kieser imprint to the upper left margin. Huge A0 Format, 46.5” by 39”, (118 cm by 99 cm) the poster is about fine, never been folded, with touch of wear to bottom right and top left margin, a clean closed tear to bottom edge has been professionally repaired with archival white tape to the verso. This striking black and white poster is one of the finest that Kieser designed for the AFBF and the all-star lineup of blues musicians featured in the second year of the festival was arguably the strongest ever assembled for the tour. Uncommon in the large A0 Format, it is very unusual to find the poster without folds and is scarce, thus. Stored and shipped rolled in a mailing tube.
The American Folk Blues Festival was the brainchild of German concert promoters, Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau, who had been successfully presenting jazz concerts in Germany since the mid - 1950’s. First held in 1962, over the next decade, working with the well-connected Chicago bluesman, composer and bassist Willie Dixon, Lippmann & Rau presented a who’s who of American urban and country blues artists for the first time to European audiences, with successful concerts in England, France and Germany. Early exposure to these great American blues musicians inspired and influenced a generation of British musicians, including future rock stars Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, all of whom played an important role in the blue-based British Invasion of the 1960’s.. The posters created exclusively for the German AFBF festivals were designed by the eminent graphic designer Gunther Kieser and are representative of some of his finest music poster designs. A significant blues poster for the second presentation of the influential American Folk Blues Festival, in collector’s condition and very scarce in the large format without factory folds. J1811