© Bob McEowen

It’s being reported today that Wes Wilson, inventor of the modern psychedelic poster design made famous in the heyday of Bill Graham and used extensively by Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead, has passed away.

The Capitol Theatre posted this small tribute earlier this morning.

He was working up through his death and designing new poster art regularly, especially for the Moonalice crew in Northern California. And he was one of the original five poster designers back in the 60’s that really pushed forward the art of the scene; read more here as a good primer on his career.

Sad news. His impact on the concert community forever is unmistakeable, though.