Country Joe's Place

Tom Weller's Art

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The Artiste in the 60s Tom Weller was the o-fish-al artist for Country Joe and the Fish and produced lotsa posters and artwork for the band. Here are some examples along with comments by the man himself.

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"This was from an interrelated series of posters I called 'Neon Gothic.' Unfortunately I have no recollection of why I called it that."
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"We did a series of calendars to promote the band. Photography was by the late Paul Kagan, who was another of the original members of the partnership. "
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"Another Paul Kagan photo. This early hippie couple looked incredibly cool at the time."
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"Band manager ED Denson also ran Takoma Records. With this John Fahey cover I built the art around the strangely beatific look of Fahey's face."
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"Yes, I did stuff for other bands -- this from a series for The Matrix in SF."
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"When Vanguard coughed up for a poster commemorating the band's signing, it meant we could afford three colors instead of two. Hard to read, isn't it?"
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"I only ever did two album covers for the band. The Solomon brothers at Vanguard had lots of nephews and cousins they had to keep employed in the art deparment."
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"Psychedelic elements used in a more classical poster design. The lettering I invented here I also used for the titles of the film "How We Stopped the War."
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"In the 70s I got to do a series of posters for the Pacific Film Archive. This was great for me as a film buff."
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"At the reception in his honor, the director Nicholas Ray inscribed a copy for me. Unfortunately this was after numerous rounds of toasts and I never could make out what it said."

See some of Tom Weller's later work on his own site.

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