Concert poster collector Scott Mussell is seeking an original first printing of this 1978 Warren Zevon poster advertising his appearance at the Austin Opera House in Austin, Texas. “I love Zevon and this poster is truly outrageous capturing the decadence of the era in a special way” Mussell says. The poster was created by artist Danny Garret an Austin legend and features a sunset with silhouette depiction of a headless Thompson gunner and Werewolf, inspired by Zevon’s hit song “Roland The Headless Thompson Gunner” and “Werewolves Of London”, and a classic late 70s image of the legendary singer songwriter. “Garret used several type faces for the text giving it an odd updated Victorian style and, at least to me, screams late 70s” Mussell states. The poster, printed on thin cardstock, advertises a concert June 2, 1978 at the notable Austin venue and only a few months after Zevon released his second album “Excitable Boy”. “He was one of the hottest new acts at the time. This would have been a killer time to see him- right at his apex” Mussell says adding “I’m sure his performance was every bit as outrageous as the poster is!” If you have an original printing of the poster Mussell is offering $250 to preserve an example in his collection. Contact him at 515.707.7250 or at email@example.com for details.
Concert poster collector Scott Mussell is seeking this poster featuring one of his favorite bands the Pixies at a Midwest gig in Ann Arbor, MI. On June 9, 1988 during the bands Spring tour in support of their album Surfer Roasa released earlier that year. The band played Rick’s American Café, a legendary Ann Arbor establishment. “There aren’t a lot of poster produced to advertise shows from this or any early Pixies concerts so it’s exciting that Rick’s made this killer poster” said Mussell. Rick’s is a long established bar serving a mix of locals and college students studying at the University of Michigan. They had the foresight to produce an advertising flyer for the show and used a Simon Larbalestier photo used to promote the bands recently released and first full-length record Surfer Rosa.
Mussell doesn’t know a lot about the poster other than it exists, even details like the size are a mystery to him. “I don’t know how big it is- from the photos I have seen I would guess it’s 11x14” but it could be more of a flier in the 8.5x11” range and probably printed on thin paper” Mussell surmised adding “My offer assumes an 11x14” size.” Despite his lack of information Mussell is offering an aggressive $200 for an example of this poster. “I’d like to preserve one and am willing to pay $200 for that privilege. I just feel that the Pixies are an important band in the history of rock ‘n roll- they had a huge influence on grunge, especially Nirvana. Their output affected so much of the guitar driven alt-rock. I’d compare them to the Velvet Underground in a way- I just can’t say enough about their importance historically” Mussell stated. While not achieving huge commercial success during the height of their artistic output the Pixies have always had a cult following going back to the early years after their formation in Boston, MA. “If the Pixies had come around a little later Boston and not Seattle might have been the epicenter of alt-rock in the 90s” Mussell stated adding “I’ve been collecting concert posters of the 80s and 90s off and on since I was in high school and this is a piece that’s always eluded me- I’d put near the top of my Pixies want list.”
If you have an example of this poster Mussell is offering $200 on condition. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 515.707.7250 anytime.
Concert poster collector Scott Mussell is searching for this early Pixies poster used to advertise six of the bands gigs between 11/29 and 12/31. The poster is a famed bit of band history produced in the early years and used at only a handful of gigs in Boston. “Apparently at the time it was a little sensational. Guitarist Joey Santiagio once commented that people were tearing them down and keeping them, I hope that is true because I’d love to get my hands on one!” Mussell says. The posters are know to have been used at these Boston, MA area concerts: 11/29/86 at the Bat Cave in Roxbury; 12/04/86 at Jake’s in Cambridge; 12/13/86 at The Rathskeller (The Rat) in Boston, MA; 12/20/86 again at the Bat Cave in Roxbury and 12/31/86 at Green Street Station in Jamaica Plain.
Mussell is a collector of concert posters with an emphasis on Nirvana and their influences. “The Pixies are really a major- major influence, not only for Kurt Cobain, but for all rock music that comes after them.” Mussell notes. Since they’re breakthrough the Pixies have had a deep cult following. “They played Cochella on their reunion tour a few years ago and Radiohead refused to play after them on the bill- insisting that the Pixies perform as the headliner.” Mussell recalled. Mussell is offering a reward of $200 for an example of this Pixies poster and may pay more depending on condition. “The Pixies are probably my favorite band. They’re music has certainly had the most impact, besides perhaps the Velvet Underground, on so many of the great rock acts that followed. I just really want to preserve a little part of that history.” If you have an example of this poster please contact Mussell at 515.707.7250 anytime or at email@example.com.
Concert poster collector Scott Mussell is seeking an example of this White Stripes concert poster produced for the Dec. 9, 2000 show at The Casbah in San Diego, CA. "I just love the looks of this, I think it really speaks to the aesthetics of the band and is truly an outstanding artifact" Mussell says adding "It's a smaller piece but just fascinating to me- I've been trying to track down the artist for a while, he sold an example on eBay several years ago that I missed- if you're out their reading this give me a call!" The Casbah has a capacity around 200 people and around 60 of these posters were screened onto chip board by artist Doug Barker. Mussell is offering a cash reward of $200 for an example. If you have one contact him at 515.707.7250 anytime or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concert poster collector Scott Mussell of www.mussellamericana.com is seeking posters, fliers and other material related to the 1991 Nirvana concerts at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, GA and the Masquerade in Atlanta, GA. The legendary shows occurred at the nexis of the bands meteoric rise in early October. If you have material related to these shows contact him directly at 515.707.7250 anytime or by email at email@example.com.
“The Athens, GA show got really reckless. Kurt pulled a projector screen out of the wall and attendees stormed the stage” Mussell says adding “The band smashed all of it’s gear and left it in a pile on the stage, clearly no fucks were given.” Appropriately so at a clubs that was instrumental in punk and new wave’s evolution. “I’ve never seen a poster for this show but it seems likely that something was made given the venues grass roots efforts and DIY mantra” Mussell said. If you have ephemera related to this show Mussell is seeking it and is willing to make a generous offer upon inspection. Contact him at 515.707.7250 anytime or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While the show in Atlanta was less noteworthy the ephemera is with the highlight being a poster featuring a large image of the band at center. “It’s on yellow paper and has all the hallmarks- venue at top, ticket info at bottom and the large image of the band it’s a real winner!” Mussell explains. He is seeking an example for his collection and is willing to make a generous offer upon inspection. “It’s on my want list for sure” Mussell adds noting “It’s important to preserve this kind of pop culture history.” If you have an example of this poster or other material related to the Atlanta or Athens shows contact him at 515.707.7250 anytime or by email at email@example.com. Mussell also collects items related to the civil rights movment and American political campaigns visit hiswebsite at www.mussellamericana.com for more information.
Civil Rights Collector Scott Mussell is searching for Student NonViolent Coordinating Committee posters. SNCC was formed in 1960 when veteranSCLC activist Ella Baker invited student participants in the 1960 North Carolina sit-ins to a meeting encouraging them to form a youth wing of SCLS. The students wished to remain independent from Martin Luther King Jr's SCLC but during the early years the two groups worked fairly closely on sit-ins, voting rights, desegregation and so on. Some of the posters Mussell is seeking are c.1962 as they show zone numbers rather than zip codes on the SNCC's address. "Each poster in this series features an image by famed photographer Danny Lyon" Mussell states. Lyon is a noted documentarian of the Civil Rights movement producing many of the iconic images associated with SNCC. "There are at least five posters in the series the ones pictured here are what I'm most interested in obtaining for my collection especially 'Now' and 'One Man One Vote'" Mussell says adding "I'll pay upwards of $750 based on the condition of the poster but want to stress that I'm a buyer in any condition."
SNCC is among the most important Civil Rights groups in the early 1960's and featured some of the most important leaders of the movement including John Lewis, Bob Moses, Stokley Carmichael and others. "Besides these posters I'm always looking to add buttons, fliers, booklets, and more related to SNCC and the Civil Rights movement to my collection" Mussell notes adding "Historical preservation of these items is my biggest goal. These are relics of our countries 'original sin' and it's vital that this material be preserved and archived for future generations both by museums and collectors like myself." Mussell will be traveling through North Carolina and Atlanta during a swing through the South. If you have single items or hoards of material in his fields don't hesitate to contact him at 515.707.7250 anytime or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concert poster collector Scott Mussell is seeking these two striking Jimi Hendrix posters from 1968. The first is from a concert at the Merryweather Pavilion in Columbia, MD and the second advertises a pair of show at Atlanta's Municipal Auditorium. "Hendrix had to travel from Columbia to Atlanta after the show and the group had to be ready to play Atlanta by 3pm!" Mussell says expounding "They had maybe an hour and a half of rest after the flight before they had to be on stage for the gig. It must have been exhausting." While the performances on these nights aren't legendary but posters are. "I struggle with which one I like more, they're both so outstanding" Mussell notes adding "I'm a buyer at upwards of $3000 on condition and am interested in examples in any condition." Both were printed on thick cardboard about 22x28" and were designed by Dail W. Beeghly a famed East coast poster artist. "They're at the top of my want list for Hendrix I'm just not sure it gets much better than these two!" Mussell states. If you have examples of these posters in any condition contact Mussell at 515.707.7250 anytime or by email at email@example.com.
Scott Mussell, Nirvana poster collector, is offering $1000 for an example of this poster from the October 11, 1990 Nirvana concert at the North Shore Surf Club in Olympia, WA. "The North Shore Surf Club show was one of the most important in band history as it featured a new drummer, Dave Grohl" Mussell says. The show was a last minute event as the band decided that their new drummer could use a live test before heading off for a tour in the United Kingdom. "I've seen only one example surface over the years and it's very high on my want list, I'm seeking it in any condition" Mussell states. Mussell is an active buyer of rock 'n roll concert posters with a special emphasis on Nirvana material. If you have this poster or other Nirvana material contact him at 515.707.7250 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rock concert poster collector and Nirvana specialist Scott Mussell is seeking this rare poster or flier from a 1990 Columbus, OH show at Staches. The flier features a classic image of the band as the dominant graphic and additional text at top "Nirvana Wild Hair Swinging Neanderthals" and was produced on purple paper. "This is one has a few things that get me- I love the text and the large image of the band those two factors and the art really push this near the top of my want list" says Mussell. He's offering $250, on condition, for an example for his collection. If you have one or any other Nirvana concert fliers or posters contact him at 515.707.7250 or by email at email@example.com.
Nirvana poster collector Soctt Mussell is offering a cash reward of $500 for an original first printing of this rare c.1990 Nirvana concert poster. Known as a 'tour blank' because of the clear space at the bottom that was intended for a promoter to write in the venue location by hand. "These were used in the early days before they left the SubPop label" Mussell says adding "I'm very motivated to obtain one wether it's blank or has the added venue information, I'm a buyer in any condition." The poster was used on the Bleach tour and examples are know from New York City, Ann Arbor, MI and Hollywood, CA. "They must have been distributed to areas where there was not only going to be a concert but a known base of fan support" Mussell notes adding "I think it's one of the top graphics produced for the band and represents a key stepping stone in the timeline of their development." Mussell is a collector of rock 'n roll concert posters with a special emphasis on items spanning Nirvanas career. "I think of this as historical preservation. It's important to preserve these early artifacts and I'm offering $500- on condition- to be the person who does that." Contact Mussell at 515.707.7250 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an example of this poster or other Nirvana material.
Rock concert poster collector Scott Mussell is seeking this Nirvana poster advertising two gigs in Honolulu, HI at the legendary venue Pink's Garage. These shows occurred near the epicenter of the bands pop culture explosion at the end of a nearly month long tour with previous dates in Australia, New Zealand and Japan. "The grueling tour schedule combined with the bands meteoric rise had frontman Kurt Cobain worn out by the time the band made it to Hawaii" Mussell said. Two days after the final show Cobain would marry Courtney Love on a Hawaiian beach whilst wearing his pajamas. "I'm not 100% sure of the dimensions even- I've never seen one in person" Mussell states adding "I'm motivated to find one. If someone has one they'd part with they should contact me with details- I'm a very interested buyer."
Pink's Garage attracted many top acts from the era. In addition to the Nirvana poster Mussell is seeking other concert posters from the noted venue and the annual rock festival 'The Big Mele'. If you have material you would consider selling contact him at 515.707.7250 or email@example.com.
Scott Mussell is seeking this scarce Franklin D. Roosevelt campaign poster from New York. Contact him if you have one to sell 515.707.7250 anytime or firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More