American Folk Blues Festival Original Vintage Concert Poster, 1964, produced by Horst Lippmann and Fritz Rau, designed by Gunther Kieser, with the Michel + Kieser imprint to left margin. A1 Format, approx. 33" by 23" (83.8 cm by 58.4 cm), has been folded with single fold to centre, small tear with tape repair to bottom right margin, pin holes to corners, else, near fine, bright, clean, verso is unmarked. This beautiful poster is one of two very scarce variants which Kieser produced for the third AFBF festival, much sought after by collectors of this series of concert posters. Stored flat 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 represent some of his finest music poster designs. Very scarce variant in collectible condition. J1808