“Homegrown” exhibit is a visual celebration of Austin’s original counterculture scene

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Gilbert Shelton created this poster for a show by Golden Dawn & the Thingies at Vulcan Gas Company (November 24 and 25, 1967).

Forget the uncensored blast via social media, so many a musician’s mode of communication today.

Gilbert Shelton created this poster for a show by Golden Dawn & the Thingies at Vulcan Gas Company (November 24 and 25, 1967).

Gilbert Shelton created this poster for a show by Golden Dawn & the Thingies at Vulcan Gas Company (November 24 and 25, 1967).

Long before Austin declared itself the “Live Music Capital of the World,” an artist-created poster — hung on telephone poles, record store windows, community bulletin boards or any available public wall — let fans know of the next gig by the Uranium Savages, the 13th Floor Elevators or Lightnin’ Hopkins.

Now, the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University in San Marcos has mounted “Homegrown: Austin Music Posters 1967 to 1982,” an exhibit featuring its collection of Austin music posters.

University of Texas Press issued the companion catalog.

The exhibit continues through July 3 and admission is free.

Read about the exhibit here.

To view a slide show of posters from “Homegrown” click here.


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