Monday marked the birthday of Stanley Mouse, one of the original San Francisco poster artists. The poster art was as much part of the concert experience as the show itself. I just wish I had saved all those posters and handbills. Stanley came to California in the late 50s to look up Big Daddy Roth, the father of Weirdo Hot Rod Art. He met Big Daddy and worked with him for a number of years before drifting to San Francisco and hooking up with other artistic freaks. People like Alton Kelley, Rick Griffin, and Victor Moscoso. Together these guys gave a visual sense of the Revolution like nobody else. It was right away perfect for the times and a real souvenier of the San Francisco Freak scene. It was Stanley Mouse who did most of the Grateful Dead album art. The man was responsible for the iconic images to grace the SF underground. Today Mouse lives in Sonoma County where he continues to paint. Eventually his work would travel around the world. It was this kind of creativity that made this period of time, 1966-68, so colorful for us growing up in the Bay Area. Happy birthday Mouse...thanks for the flash.
Join me Saturday 7-10am for "Say You Want A Revolution"..it's a trip.