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These 21 program covers were created for the Island Music Center (Commack, NY), Capitol Theatre (Passaic, NJ) and White Plains Music Hall in 1975 under the auspices of Alan Shapiro’s Clone The Word, Inc. Alan and I had previously worked for the Student Activities Board at Stony Brook University.
Most of the covers in this series represent the name of a featured artist, album or song title, or a tidbit from the band bios. These illustrations are all fun with music rather than great art, which they do not pretend to be.
Anecdote: During my tenure as Lighting Director for the Student Activities Board at Stony Brook, I did lights for a free outdoor performance of Jefferson Airplane. (15,000 people showed up.) My slide rule told me that the spotlight towers needed to be 42-ft high. Alan, the bean counter for SAB, decided that 36-ft would do, so the towers were 6-ft short and some light spilled onto the bottom of the lightshow screen. Grace Slick directed the spot ops to lower their beams and so we did the entire show lighting the band from the neck down! Adding injury to insult, Alan backed a truck into one of my lighting towers after the show. My brand new Strong Trouper did not survive the 36-foot fall. To complete the story, Alan somehow neglected to pay me for any illustrations that you see on this page. Even so, he was an inspiration and I thank his dearly departed soul for all the entertainment that he provided. I also thank John DeMauro for having the faith and the ability to repair my Trouper.—Moyssi