May 27, 2021 Rock & Roll, Entertainment, Sports and Americana
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 5/27/2021

Offered is a Bob Dylan "Rolling Thunder Revue" concert tour poster, from the archives of the tour bus company in charge of moving Dylan and his merry band around the country for the second leg of the famous tour in the spring of 1976. The two parts of the tour had distinct posters, as the band members changed up after the first part of the tour ended. This poster features Dylan, of course, but also the photos of Joan Baez and Bob Neuwirth, along with billing for Roger McGuinn and Kinky Friedman. The poster was produced by "Zebra Concerts, Inc." whose name appears at the bottom. 

The "Rolling Thunder" tour took place in two parts, first in the fall of 1975 and then in the spring of 1976. The tour was conceived by Dylan on the heels of completing his 1975 masterpiece Desire. The idea behind the tour, Dylan said, was to "play for the people," the people who never get good seats at his larger concerts due to higher ticket cost and inconvenient locations. Dylan chose to play in smaller auditoriums because, he said, "the atmosphere in small halls is more conducive to what we do." This spring tour promoted on the offered poster included 22 shows from April 18 through May 25, 1976. 

The offered poster comes from the "Smooth Ride Rock & Roll Tour Bus Collection" which is being offered in this auction. The poster measures 14 x 21 7/8 inches and presents with some mild wear, stains and wrinkles. Excellent condition. 

Smooth Ride Rock & Roll Tour Bus Collection

Each item in the collection is accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from owner Sandra Placco. Her letters read in part:

Smooth Ride Custom Coach Leasing operated for over 40 years providing tour bus services to rock & roll bands. We began building coaches in our driveway in Red Hook, New York back in 1974. The first tour was with a band called Orleans (their big hit was “Still the One”), and we operated until 2014. We went on to provide tour bus services to dozens and dozens of different acts, including Prince, KISS, Phish, Trey Anastasio, Bob Dylan's “Rolling Thunder Revue”, Janet Jackson, Alice Cooper, TOTO, Bruce Hornsby, Don Henley, Steve Miller, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Neil Young, Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Arcade Fire, to name just a few!

The business originally started as “Land Yacht” and gained the trusted name of “Smooth Ride” in the early 80s. Our reputation grew, and tours just came in as entertainers found that we provided a better way to get from point A to point B. I personally handled the tour booking, tour contracts with the bands and management companies and our company financials. Around 1984, we started working with Florida Coach, who built custom coaches for us, and later we worked with Night Train Coach of Nashville, Tennessee, as well as many other custom coach companies, over the years. We stopped operating in 2014, as I was preparing for retirement. 

Bob Dylan 1976 “Rolling Thunder Revue” Concert Tour Poster
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Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium: $920
Estimate: $500 - $1,000
Number Bids: 5
Auction closed on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
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