UFO Nite Tripper 1. Michael ENGLISH.
UFO Nite Tripper 1.
UFO Nite Tripper 1.
UFO Nite Tripper 1.
UFO Nite Tripper 1.
UFO Nite Tripper 1.

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UFO Nite Tripper 1.

An extremely rare poster announcing the first two events at the UFO Club in Tottenham Court Road, London, December 23rd/30th, 1966. Offset lithograph, monochrome, reproducing a large photograph of Karen Astley with the words 'Nite Tripper' painted on her face in Michael English's psychedelic lettering, imitatating the effect of Pink Floyd's light show. 59.6x43.7cm.


The first poster for UFO, and one of Michael English's earliest designs. It highlights Pink Floyd's appearances, movies by Andy Warhol and Kenneth Anger, and provides a reassuring mention of 'heating - warm', probably a reference to the conspicuous lack of it at the Roundhouse for the launch party of International Times two months earlier.


The club was launched by John Hopkins (Hoppy) and Joe Boyd in late 1966 with the intention of raising money for IT, as well as, in Joe Boyd's words, "to provide a place for experimental pop music and also for the mixing of medias, light shows and theatrical happenings". It became, as Miles has written, "synonymous with the Pink Floyd's rise to fame", their extended improvisations and spectacular light shows by Mark Boyle and others greeted by the appreciative audience at UFO as nowhere else.


This cataloguer last acquired a copy from Hoppy almost 25 years ago (now in a private collection), and no other examples are known to have appeared on the market in the intervening years. This copy has an equally impeccable provenance, formerly owned by Miles and once displayed on the wall at Indica, its two corner pinholes, faint corner creasing, two small brown spots and tiny lower edge nick a legacy of its early life. Only a handful were printed, even fewer survived, and its encapsulation of the early underground scene marks it out as one of the period's most significant posters.

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