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American Beauty Promo Poster

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This is the famous banned promo poster for American Beauty. When the suits at Warner Brothers saw what Jerry was holding, they ordered the destruction of the lot. Few survive, and fewer still in unfolded condition. This one hung on the wall of Best Comics at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco in the early nineties, and now graces my living room. I dig how Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelley have replaced the "American Beauty" text (or was it "American Reality," man???) with "Grateful Dead". One of these posters appeared in the 2003 CD reissue of the album. The photograph in the poster was taken at Mickey's California ranch, and while it looks a little faded, so do all of the prints of this photo that I have seen, so I don't think the poster itself has faded. This is such a beautiful piece by Mouse/Kelley that it's a cryin' shame it was suppressed.

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it looks.....

GREAT! xo Gypsy Cowgirl

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Taught that weepin' willow how to cry, cry, cry...

Oh GC I almost cried when I saw your copy in the "wake of the flood". But thanks for posting it on dead.net. It does confirm that the photograph at Mickey's ranch is a faded print, not the poster itself. Sigh...

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good going!

thanks for providing a valuable archival service to the community and the music/art world at large. Thanks again for sharing!

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American Beauty Promo Poster