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This is the very FIRST CGC graded example of this poster to appear at public auction. Given its extremely early 1965 issue date, it's hard to imagine finding another example equal in quality to this.


This is a super early and high quality Original Poster from a run of shows at the Matrix. The performances featured legendary Blues Man Lightning Hopkins, and in support was the Matrix's house Band, Jefferson Airplane. This exact design is the one featured in The Art of Rock book on page 161. 


Advanced collectors understand and recognize that anything that surfaces from 1965 in San Francisco represents seminal material in our exploding hobby. Coverage of Marty Balin's sad passing last year has spurred worldwide interest in The Airplane, The Matrix, and Balin's role with both.


First, Balin co-founded Jefferson Airplane. Then he got a group of investors together to open the Matrix so San Francisco bands playing psychedelic music would have a dedicated perfomance space to call their own. Balin gave the investors a 75% interest in the club while keeping a 25% interest for himself in return for managing the club.


The Matrix was a converted pizza parlor that held about 100 people. Because of it's small size, very small amounts of posters and handbills were needed to fill the small space. The small quantities of promotional material that was produced was created with primitive designs. And how many could possibly remain in this High Quality Condition over 50 years later??


Reprints of this issue are common and can be easily acquired these days, however the FIRST Original Pre-Concert Printings of this AOR poster are long lost diamonds. This poster is in amazing condition for being over 50 years old, and is super clean with no nicks, cuts, tears or pinholes!


Poster – Lightning Hopkins, Jefferson Airplane, The Matrix

Grade – CGC 9.0

Bands/Bill – Lightning Hopkins, Jefferson Airplane

Venue – The Matrix

City – San Francisco, California

Date – 9/21-26/65

Dimensions – 14" x 22"

Printing – OP-1, Original Pre-Concert First Printing

AOR - 2.104

Condition Details – Super clean with no nicks, cuts, tears or pinholes. 100% Original with no restoration. View the detailed high res photo of this lot. Click on the thumbnail photo, to see an enlarged photo. Click a second time on the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of the enlarged photo. A super high res image with every millimeter will now be clearly displayed. For a personalized eyewitness examination call 410-464-6180, 11:00 am to 6:00pm eastern.

*****This Poster is available for inspection at our gallery, by appointment. *****


* A 20% Buyers Premium will be added to the final hammer price of this lot.*

1965-AOR 2.104-OP-1-The Matrix–Lightning Hopkins-Jefferson Airplane Concert Poster-FIRST CGC AUCTION APPEARANCE! CGC Graded 9.0
1965-AOR 2.104-OP-1-The Matrix–Lightning Hopkins-Jefferson Airplane Concert Poster-FIRST CGC AUCTION APPEARANCE! CGC Graded 9.0
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