As a kid rifling through my father’s record collection, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown was one of the albums that fascinated me with an otherworldly visual magnetism. My father’s record rack housed a modest variation from Richie Havens to Stones to Tull and he (like much of Arthur’s casual american fans) hazily recalls the hit “Fire” as a one-off phenomenon and most definitely the reason he possessed the record. In truth, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown has wove a web of psychedelic music, theater, and poetry that began years before “Fire” and decades after. He was an original Head, freaking out his audiences way back in 1964.
The Crazy World of Arthur Brown created a melding of rock music and theatre which influenced countless bands. Face paint, pyrotechnics, spoken word… it all reverberated while Arthur went on to form Kingdom Come (see my favorite album “Galactic Zoo Dosier”) and other incarnations of his mad theatre. At 74 years of age, Arthur is traveling North America with a set of classics and more recent material, the Zim Zam Zim Tour 2017.
I was beyond psyched to make a poster for his appearance at Psycho Las Vegas festival in 2016. It was a high point of style and energy in the festival, a one man psychedelic burlesque where Arthur’s unmistakable hip swaying and arm flailing out vibed the flaming Vegas strippers onstage. It was an amazing performance.
In person he was unbelievably gracious and vibrant, radiating creativity. I gushed about my influences and ideas of how to approach his poster. In the context of poster art history, the idea of working with Arthur Brown is mind blowing. He has shared posters with the greatest of legends… Jimi, Love, Soft Machine, most during an often overlooked UK poster scene at Club Ufo with design group Hapshash and the Coloured Coat. For me to think I’ve contributed in a small way to this collection is beyond wild. I was very happy to know that he was pleased with my vision.
On the heels of the festival appearance is the Zim Zam Zim Tour. I was asked to create another poster and apparel design, both an expansion on the original vision. Limited quantities will be available at the shows.
2/15 Los Angeles, Regent Theater w/ White Hills
2/16 Las Vegas, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino w/ White Hills
2/17 San Francisco, Slims w/ Acid King
2/18 Portland, Star Theater w/ Danava
2/21 Chicago, Reggies
2/23 New York, Le Poisson Rouge
2/24 Austin, Barracuda w/ Pallbearer
2/25 Austin, Barracuda w/ Acid King & Jex Thoth