Public Enemy

A rare boxing-style concert poster for a performance by Public Enemy with Fishbone, Living Colour and Stetsasonic at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Saturday 17th December 1988, in support of Public Enemy's breakthrough album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back.

The rap-meets-rock concert was a somewhat unsuccessful experiment to bring together black rock bands Fishbone and Living Colour with rap act Public Enemy and Stetsasonic. Though pleading for "peace and togetherness, Ó reported the Los Angeles Times, [Public Enemy] performed in the guise of a paramilitary organization backed by a five-member, uniformed and Uzi-toting drill team. And when fights broke out, tough-talking Public Enemy left the stage--after just half an hour and 3 1/2 songs. Printed by Colby Posters of Los Angeles for posting on telephone poles around Los Angeles.

Excellent (A)
Unfolded card stock, not backed. Minor bumps to corners and a few light nicks to edges. Image and colours excellent

US Concert Poster, Boxing Style
22 x 14 in. (56 x 35.5 cm.)

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