Original poster designed by David Fairbrother-Roe announcing the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival of Music. 1969 ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL.

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Original poster designed by David Fairbrother-Roe announcing the 1969 Isle of Wight Festival of Music.

Printed in black on a dayglo pink ground, featuring an illustration of King Kong. 76.5x41cm.

The festival was headlined by The Who on the Saturday, and by Bob Dylan and The Band on the Sunday night. Dylan's comeback, more than three years after his motorcycle accident, may have been due in part to organiser Ray Foulk selling the idea of the island's literary heritage of Tennyson, Keats and Edward Lear to him, though the promise of a voyage on the QE2 and a fee of almost £40,000 for a one-hour set may have had even greater appeal.

An audience of 150,000 gathered to hear Dylan's return, including VIP area guests George and Pattie Harrison, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Syd Barrett, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Terence Stamp and Jane Fonda. Dylan, who had been staying with his family at a farmhouse on the island (where he was supplied with marijuana from Ringo Starr's stash by George Harrison) played for the agreed hour, and no more, and didn't play another gig for three years.

Other artists listed on the poster include the Bonzo Dog Band, Family, Free, the Pretty Things, Battered Ornaments, Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, King Crimson, Richie Havens, Pentangle, and the Third Ear Band.

1cm. closed tear and short lower right edge corner crease; light, superficial creasing along left edge and minor handling wear. Overall, Very Good plus.

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