This show marked the
end of an era, the closing of Winterland Arena in San Francisco. As was
usually the case, the Grateful Dead appeared at Bill Graham's annual New
Years blowout. The '78 edition also featured the Blues Brothers
(this is one of the very few concert posters that features this
short-lived tandem) & New Riders of the Purple Sage. The image,
commonly referred to as "Blue Rose", is one of the classic images of the
era. This is a must own poster in any collection.
The poster we have listed is an original/first print poster. It
measures approx. 20" x 28", and was printed on a very high quality paper
stock. Unfortunately, this poster was bootlegged, an
illegal/unauthorized reprint. We routinely see it offered on ebay
for $25-$50, yet it is rarely disclosed that it is a fake. There are
two characteristics of the bootleg that make it distinguishable from the
original. Firstly, the bootleg was printed on a low quality paper stock
(if you are not familiar with the paper stock used to print the original,
this difference may be hard to determine if you are examining a bootleg),
and secondly, the yellow area between the snow and blue sky (left and
right of the blue rose) is a muddier/brown color on the bootleg. The
original is much cleaner and yellow in color.
The original handbill was also printed on a high quality paper stock, and
measures approx. 5" x 7". There is a very touching farewell
message from the Bill Graham Presents crew on the back.