Stanley Mouse is a celebrated pioneer of the psychedelic dance poster, along with a troupe of hippies known as the Family Dog. Before moving to San Francisco, the troupe promoted the band the Charlatans at the Red Dog Saloon in Virginia City, Nevada. Promoting a concert in the early sixties was a grass roots effort and the poster was at the front lines of this effort.
These first posters were rather rudimentary, with single line block lettering and no sense of space, Future Impresario Chet Helms joined the troupe when they moved to San Francisco. Helms gathered the proper licenses and the Family Dog began promoting dance concerts at the Avalon Ballroom for $100 per poster. Around the same time, Bill Graham was promoting concerts at the Fillmore for $75 a poster. By the end of the decade artwork by artists such as Wes Wilson, Rick Griffin, Stanley Mouse, Alton Kelley, and Victor Moscoso, known as the Big 5, had become a mainstay of the San Francisco's music scene.
The group created the Berkeley Bonaparte Distribution Agency to assist in the production and sale of psychedelic art. In this article we explore a lifetime of posters by Stanley "Mouse" Miller. Some of the early posters in this photo log are credited to the design team of Mouse and Kelley.
Charlatans, Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Ark 1966
Charlatans "The Shadow Knows"
Grope for Peace at The Ark 1966
An extremely rare first printing of this "Grope For Peace" poster for an early Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin concert, this was a benefit for the "Mystic Research Foundation/Northern California Psychedelic Cattlemens' Association. Big Brother and the Charlatans shared the stage for this Benefit Concert at the Ark. The poster is signed by the artis Stanley Mouse in pencil with his running mouse signature, in the lower right margin and measures approximately 12" x 17".
Sir Douglas Quintet, Everpresent Fullnes, Avalon Ballroom 1966
Avalon Ballroom "Keep California Green" FD-16 1966
This is a fantastic Sir Douglas Quintet "Keep California Green" Avalon Concert Poster, FD-16 (1966). Smokey the Bear trades in his shovel for an electric guitar in this first-printing poster. The image may seem a little fuzzy - It's not your eyes the red-and-green printing was intentionally done slightly out of register to simulate the effects of an LSD trip. This trippy concert poster was created by the graphic artist Stanley Mouse and measures 14.25" x 20".
Sir Douglas Quintet "She's About A Mover"
The Grateful Dead The Old Cheese Factory 1966
The Old Cheese House Poster 1966
This is a seldom seen Grateful Dead Anniversary Party Concert Poster which was at The Old Cheese Factory. The Dead let the good times roll in this seldom-seen Stanley Mouse poster from 1966 which measures approximately 14.25" x 19.75".
The Grateful Dead, Sopwith Camel, Avalon Ballroom 1966
The Avalon Ballroom Family Dog FD-22
This 1966 first print Avalon Ballroom poster is on white vellum and was printed before the concert by the "The Bindweed Press" with a notation that appears in the bottom margin. This was the first poster by Mouse for the Grateful Dead, the Dead were still recently re-named, and their spelling not fixed in the artists' mind, which created a limited-run poster with a spelling error in '66. This Family Dog Concert Poster FD-22 is Hand Signed by Stanley Mouse and it measures 13 13/16" x 20
Country Joe & The Fish, Steve Miller, California Hall 1967
Port Chicago Vigil Benefit California Hall 1967
A vibrant first printing of a rarely-seen poster for this Port Chicago Vigil Benefit at the California Hall Concert Poster sharing the stage this evening were Country Joe & The Fish, The Steve Miller Band and the San Francisco Mime Troupe. This fantastic poster is hand signed by the pioneer psychedelic poster artist Stanley Mouse and measures 13.25" x 21.75".
Sparrow, Wildflower, Living Children, Regency Ballroom 1967
Regency Ballroom 1967
The Summer of Love spread its good vibes across the bay to Oakland for this first printing concert poster featuring the Sparrow (soon to be known as Steppenwolf) and several other local bands such as Wildflower, Living Children and Immediate Family. Designed by celebrated poster artist Stanley Mouse in vibrant hues, with nostalgic photos that helped emphasize this "psychedelic happening". This poster was also hand signed by Stanley Mouse
Charlatans, Frumious Bandersnatch, Triple AAA 1967
Western Front Dance Academy 1967
This great first printing poster features the early psychedelic pioneers, the Charlatans, who shared the stage with Frumious Bandersnatch, Triple AAA at the Western Front Dance Academy. Printed by Bindweed Press, San Francisco and measures 13.75" x 23". Stanley's "Running Mouse" signature is featured at the bottom of the poster.
Grateful Dead & Jefferson Airplane "Gathering of the Tribes" 1967
Allen Ginsberg & Timothy Leary Human Be-In Poster 1967
Expand your consciousness with this trippy event poster featuring speakers like Jerry Rubin, Michael McClure, Dick Gregory, Richard Alpert, and more, set in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park Polo Field. Thirty thousand people attended this January 1967 event, which included un-billed performances by Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, and resulted in Allen Ginsberg being declared the "Elder Statesman" of the hippie generation. This poster's "third eye" graphics were designed by Stanley Mouse, who added his distinctive "Running Mouse" signature in pencil to the lower border. The poster measures 14.25" x 20",
Blood Sweat & Tears, John Handy, Son House 1968
Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Cassidy, Elvin Bishop, and Steve Miller 1968
Tuesday Night Jam Carousel Ballroom 1968
Tuesday Night Jam Carousel Ballroom Concert Poster was an event which took place on May 21, 1968, and included performances by Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Cassidy, Elvin Bishop, and Steve Miller -- all for the price of one dollar! This venue was later bought out by Bill Graham, who renamed it Fillmore West. This poster features a wild cartoon image of a bow-tied pig on a milk of magnesia bottle by graphic artist Stanley Mouse and measures 13.75" x 21",
The Grateful Dead, Country Joe & the Fish, 1968
Carousel Ballroom Valentine's Day 1968
This is a wonderful first printing Grateful Dead "Be Mine" Carousel Ballroom Concert Poster (1968) This is a very interesting square-shaped poster for the Dead's Valentine's Day concert, with support from Country Joe and the Fish. Artist Stanley Mouse designed this as a vintage Valentine, complete with a goofy-looking cupid and a vintage photo of an earnest young man. Note the "Lights by LSD" and "Stick to weed it's safe" notations! measuring approximately 11" x 11".
Siouxsie and the Banshees 1986
North American Tour Concert Poster 1986
Siouxsie and the Banshees North American Tour Concert Poster 1986 the poster features graphics by the legendary psychedelic artist Stanley Mouse. Printed by Tea Lautrec, San Francisco and measures 23" x 31".
"Love Ride" 1996
A Motorcycle Rally for Muscular Dystrophy
The Love Ride held in Glendale, CA, was a charity event to raise money for muscular dystrophy. Thousands of motorcyclists and stars have attended the Love Ride event each year which has been going on since 1984. The poster is hand signed by Stanley Mouse in the center and measures 14" x 21".
The Detroit Cobras American Tour 2004
The Detroit Cobras
The Detroit Cobras were formed in 1995 by Steve Shaw was one of the earliest groups to emerge from the Detroit garage rock scene.The Detroit Cobras developed a reputation as the Midwest's finest and most distinctive cover bands where instead of cycling through established hits, the Detroit Cobras dug deep into the well of vintage R&B and primitive rock & roll sides, building an individual identity out of lost classics from the past which they modified to fit their swaggering aural personality.
Seva Foundation 30th Anniversary 2008
The Rex Foundation 25th Anniversary 2008
Rex Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Poster
In celebration of the Rex Foundation’s 25th Anniversary, Stanley Mouse has designed a fun and dazzling poster to commemorate many years on the bus, and those to come. Founded by the Grateful Dead Furthered by You - Celebtating a Tradition of Grassroots Giving for 25 years
Great American Music Hall 2008
Moonalice Golden Gate Park 2009
Moonalice is a band of seasoned musicians who feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. Their songs try to speak to everyone, mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations that evoke a sense of adventure and exploration.
According to Moonalice legend, one of the tribe’s annual high holy days was called Burning Bud. It was a one-day event devoted to the building of a henge. The tribe was not very practical. It took them a while to figure out that you can’t build much of henge in one day. The one-day limit led to much experimentation with building materials. They tried dirt. Then mud. They even tried water. They tried practically everything that was available. Then one day, someone decided to make a henge out of hemp. They built the entire thing out of hemp and it was done in a day! It was huge!!! It smelled great!!! They wanted to call it Hemphenge. Then they set it on fire. They got really stoned. And a name came out of nowhere.
So began the festival of Burning Bud. With it began Fire Arts and people getting buzzed and running around naked in the desert. It is our understanding that some of these customs persist to the present day.
Moonalice "Man In Me" Moraga, CA 08-07-2014
Bear Creek Music & Art Festival 2011
The Attics Of Our Lives Posters and Art of the Grateful Dead 2011
The Grateful Dead Archive at the McHenry Library 2011
This poster was created for a one-night-only preview exhibit of the Grateful Dead Archive. This exhibit also produced this 225-page book which documents the special one-night-only preview exhibit of the Grateful Dead Archive held Nov. 5, 2011, at McHenry Library, UC Santa Cruz. Written by Grateful Dead Archivist Nicholas Meriwether, the book documents the rich history of Grateful Dead poster art and how that illustrates the band’s archive at UCSC. With feature interviews with Stanley Mouse and hundreds of color illustrations, the book is a fine introduction to how the band’s legacy is being preserved and presented in Santa Cruz. The Poster art was created by psychedlic artist Stanley Mouse who had hand signed this poster with his classic running mouse signature.
Moonalice Novato Art & Wine Festival 2012
Moonalice "Not Fade Away"
Novato Art & Wine Festival
According to Moonalice legend, today’s poster by Stanley Mouse features the immortal Grand Daddy Purple Moonalice, a bluesman of the old school of lived with half a dozen families here in Novato during the 50s. Grand Daddy had better than average eyesight for a blues man, and shorter than average claws for a cat. His unique coloring, distinctive shades, and flashy picking combined to drive his neighbors to drink, which is why they started the Novato Art & Wine Festival. Every June, tens of thousands of people from Novato and the San Francisco Bay Area gather for two days to enjoy this fantastic, free multi-generational event. Always a perfect blend of unique handcrafted art, regional vintage wines, award-winning micro brews, Americana and gourmet foods, and first-rate live music, the Festival is the good-time place to be. Produced in collaboration with volunteers and sponsors, the street Festival stretches along Grant Avenue in downtown Novato between Redwood Boulevard and 7th Street.
Moonalice 420 Tribal Pow Wow 2012
Moonalice Hopmonk Tavern 2012
Hopmonk Tavern 2012
According to Moonalice legend, tonight’s poster by Stanley Mouse depicts Princess Blue Dream Moonalice, patron saint of the fall harvest. The princess is with us in art, but not in person tonight. She spends this time of year in the field, playing midwife to the finest bud ever raised in Sonoma County.
Moonalice Golden Gate Park 2013
Moonalice Arcata 2013
Moonalice "Nick Of Time"
Concerts On The Plaza 2013
According to Moonalice, this afternoon’s poster by Stanley Mouse depicts Looking Glass Moonalice, who led the tribe here in Arcata throughout the 60s. Looking Glass’ had a unique skill: she could see the future. She was a close friend of Augustus Owsley Stanley the 3rd, a chemist and sound man of great repute in our world … and depended on his medicine to keep her chops up. The problem with seeing the future is that everything is backwards. Our tribe got behind Looking Glass in a big way . . . and perhaps you did also. If everything in the world seems backwards to you, perhaps you just are behind Looking Glass … with the rest of us. If so, welcome to the tribe!
Moonalice "High Five"
The Cutting Room, New York
According to Moonalice legend, we all know Puff the Magic Dragon. Or at least we know what the song tells us … When Jackie Paper grew up, a Puff went away … but where did he go? Tonight’s poster by the amazing Stanley Mouse brings us up to date. Jackie moved on, so Puff packed up his weed and left Hanalei for Manhattan. His first stop was Sam Ash, where he bought himself a guitar and started to play. One thing led to another and Puff has been busking ever since in Times Square. He is on the southwest corner between Super Mario and Elmo. If you see him, say hello. This Moonalice poster for The Cutting Room, New York, NY July 30, 2014 was created by Stanley Mouse.
Moonalice "Last Frontier" The Cutting Room
Doobie Decibel System 2014
Moonalice, Ann Atomic, Flying Other Brothers 2012
The Great American Music Hall Poster 2012
The Onward Celebration October 4, 2012 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA. According to Moonalice legend, there once was a beautiful blue moon named Blue Moonalice. She was one of a kind, and so much more. She reflected light and joy wherever she went. On this night, she gathered her bands, her family, and the Moonalice tribe to celebrate a new adventure. Onward she will go into the world of musical theater. This show includes music by Ann Atomic which was the band Ann took on the Lilith Fair tour in 2011, the Flying Other Brothers, Moonalice and the cast of “Love Bytes,” the first of Ann’s two musical theater projects. The Poster Graphics were supplied by Stanley Mouse.
Primus, Gogal Bordello 2012
Primus "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" Live on Letterman
Doobie Decibel System 2014
Roger McNamee is the lead vocalist and plays bass and guitar with Moonalice, playing 90-100 shows a year. In 2014, Roger and Jason Crosby (Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Susan Tedeschi Band) formed a duo, Doobie Decibel System. This Stanley Mouse poster is for the Doobie Decibel System show November 7, 2014 San Jose State University, San Jose, CA.
Blue Rose Ball 2014
Moonalice, David Nelson 2014
420 Gathering of the Tribe
According to Moonalice legend, today is 4/20 … the highest of high holy days in the Moonalice tribe. It is a day for celebration with friends, music, poster art and, of course, fine cannabis. Our poster artists have outdone themselves with 21 posters. the 420 Gathering of the Tribe, April 20, 2014 Slim’s, San Francisco, CA. Poster art by the legendary poster artist Stanley Mouse.
Doobie Decibel System 2015
Doobie Decibel System "Friend Of the Lithium"
The Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary
The Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Tour
As most of you know the remaining members of The Grateful Dead are getting together for a Grateful Dead’s farewell tour that will be known as the "Fare Thee Well Tour".which heads from California to Chicago, where the long, strange trip will end for good.
Moonalice "Deal" 2013
Moonalice "Not Fade Away"
Moonalice "Whiter Shade of Pale"
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