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DescriptionAlan Freed Presents: The Big Beat (N.Y. Paramount Engagements, 1958). Very Fine. Handbill (6" X 9").
A great item for fans of classic Rock n' Roll, this very rare handbill from DJ and television host Alan Freed's famous "Big Beat" concert tour is making its debut appearance in a Heritage Movie Poster auction. Many credit Freed for inventing the term "Rock n' Roll," and he helped the genre gain massive popularity among America's youth in the 1950s. Named after his 1957 television program, the "Big Beat" concert brought the biggest rockers together in a single show, featuring such greats as Buddy Holly & the Crickets, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frankie Lymon after leaving the Teenagers, Danny & the Juniors, Larry Williams, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and a slew of others. This tour would be one of the last big tours for Freed, as in 1959 he would be accused of commercial bribery in the Payola scandal, effectively ending his career. Highly desirable for collectors, the handbill is in good shape, showing light edge wear, slight creases, and a couple of small stains, including a minor tape stain. The imprint area has printed information for a concert in Montreal, Canada, however the handbill itself was printed in the U.S.
Estimate: $2,500 - $5,000.
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