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Died On This Date (June 1, 2008) Alton Kelley / Famed Psychedelic Rock Poster Artist

Posted by themusicsover on June 1, 2010

Alton Kelley
June 17, 1940 – June 1, 2008

Alton Kelley, was a  graphic artist who created some of the most iconic images in rock history.  Along with partner, Stanley Mouse, Kelly created the “skull and roses” logo for the Grateful Dead.  He was also designed or co-designed album covers or posters for such acts as Steve Miller Band, Journey, Jimi Hendrix, Big Brother & The Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service.   He helped launch concert poster as a legitimate art form.  Alton Kelley died after a long struggle with osteoporosis at the age of 67.

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One Response to “Died On This Date (June 1, 2008) Alton Kelley / Famed Psychedelic Rock Poster Artist”

  1. Dava said

    Hey Kelley…thanks for being my friend and coming to my weddings. I wish I’d been more in touch with you and Margaurite…sending love, dava

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