John Lennon & Paul McCartney Original Drawing for Sale
Rockaway Records is selling a one-of-a-kind, original Beatles drawing for $200,000.
By PR Rocket
LOS ANGELES, CA (PRWEB)
SEPTEMBER 15, 2015
Peace To Monterey Drawing
Rockaway Records announces the acquisition of the “Peace To Monterey” Drawing, a one-of-a-kind, Beatles memorabilia, and its availability for sale at the Rockaway Records’ store and online.
When The Beatles declined to perform at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, they sent their regards in the form of a hand-drawn page of psychedelic artwork rendered by none other than John Lennon and Paul McCartney themselves. The original drawing, which appeared in the festival’s program, was done as a favor for their friend and former publicist Derek Taylor and is now in Rockaway Records' possession.
World-renowned Beatles handwriting expert, Frank Caiazzo, has authenticated this rare Beatles collectible and it is now on sale for $200,000. Serious buyers can view the drawing in person at the Rockaway Records store located in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles. The drawing, along with a detailed description, can also be viewed online at rockaway.com/beatles/hand-drawn-monterey-pop-festival-poster.
Using colored pencils, felt tip markers and ballpoint pen, both Paul and John created this unique piece that was then reproduced and placed in the full-color festival program. In addition to all the colorful, intricate and detailed artwork that John and Paul created together, they also wrote "Peace To Monterey From Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band Loving Yo [sic] It Happened In Monterey A Long Time Ago I Love You." Paul then signed the bottom on behalf of all The Beatles “Sincerely John, Paul, George and Harold", while John wrote on the side “congratulations elvis. say hello to uncle stan. how are you bob.”
“The history behind the piece and the time period in which it was done captured the zeitgeist of 1960s popular culture,” says Wayne Johnson, CEO and co-founder of Rockaway Records, “when "peace and love" was the overwhelmingly positive message of the day. The drawing is a sight to behold in person. The colors really pop!”
About Rockaway Records: Since 1979, Rockaway Records has been buying, selling, and trading collectible vinyl and rare music memorabilia worldwide. Founded by brothers Wayne and Gary Johnson, Rockaway Records is known for its impeccable reputation and for being highly respected by its customers and the music industry. Learn more about Rockaway Records and its vast collection of vinyl and memorabilia by visiting its website at http://www.rockaway.com or its retail location at 2395 Glendale Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039.
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"Peace To Monterey" Pop Festival Original Artwork
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This is original hand-drawn poster artwork by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The poster was used to help promote the Monterey Pop Festival, a star-studded three-day concert event that took place June 16-18, 1967 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California.
The festival was planned and put together by record producer & manager Lou Adler, "Papa" John Phillips (of The Mamas and The Papas), manager Alan Pariser, promoter Benny Shapiro, and Beatles’ former publicist and friend Derek Taylor. Although The Beatles were invited to play at Monterey, they declined, having willfully retired from public concert appearances almost a year earlier in August of 1966. In spite of the fact that their good friend Taylor was heavily involved with the project the band could not be persuaded to attend. Instead, Paul McCartney recommended they book Jimi Hendrix and The Who. In addition to these now historic performances, the festival also showcased wall-to-wall talent including Janis Joplin, The Mamas and The Papas, Jefferson Airplane, and Otis Redding. Jimi Hendrix’s appearance itself was significant because it marked the first time at a U.S. gig where he used the name "Jimi Hendrix,” and not “Jimmy James.” It is widely acknowledged that the Monterey Pop Festival kicked off the "Summer Of Love," as it commenced exactly two weeks to the day after the release of The Beatles’ masterpiece album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which itself helped set the mood for this very colorful period in 1960s popular history.
Artist, illustrator and photographer Tom Wilkes was hired to be the art director for the Monterey Pop Festival. One of his many responsibilities was to provide the design and layout of the program for the festival. When it was confirmed in February of 1967 that The Beatles would not perform, Wilkes asked Derek Taylor to see if they would be kind enough to contribute something which he could use in the program. Wilkes received this incredible poster in return, which was reproduced as a message to festival goers from The Beatles. The artwork appears on page 16 of the 80 page full-color festival program.
Although previously attributed to all four members of The Beatles, in reality this poster was a collaboration between only Lennon and McCartney. Using colored pencils, felt tip marker and ballpoint pen, both jointly wrote from top to bottom down the center: "PEACE TO monterey FROM SGT. PEPPERS LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND LOVING YO you it happened in Monterey A LONG TIME AGO I LOVE YOU." The line "it happened in Monterey A LONG TIME AGO" appears in the popular 1930 song "It Happened In Monterey," later popularized by Frank Sinatra in 1956. Although both Lennon and McCartney are responsible for the artwork, it was Paul who signed on behalf of all The Beatles "Sincerely John, Paul, George and Harold." John wrote vertically along the left side "congratulations elvis. say hello to uncle stan. how are you bob."
Below the "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club" lines, John also wrote the word “Beatles”, followed by a heart with an arrow through it, and the word “you.” The obvious message there being "Beatles love you." John is also primarily responsible for the intricate psychedelic artwork on the right side of the poster. That area features one large head evocative of the Hindu god Krishna. Contained within that drawing — among many other things — are the heads of the four Beatles with green faces and their new mustached look.
There are two pairs of round faces drawn along the top. One pair is more impressionistic and the other pair is more literal, but all 4 faces have holes punched through the eyes. Which of the two – Lennon or McCartney – did that is uncertain but it was clearly not done after the poster was used in the program, as that is how it appears there.
This amazing original piece of art has been with the family of Tom Wilkes until now. Measuring 7 ¾" x 12 ¾" and well preserved, this fabled Lennon and McCartney artwork is a sight to behold in person. The colors really pop! There are four minor smudge spots on bottom half of left edge, but otherwise it is in beautiful condition. The history behind the piece and the time period in which it was done captured the zeitgeist of 1960s popular culture, when "peace and love" was the overwhelmingly positive message of the day.
Includes Letter of Authenticity from Frank Caiazzo, the world's foremost Beatles signature expert. Also includes Rockaway Records Letter of Authenticity.