New York: Friends of Chile, 1974. Item #5324
Offset. 11 x 17 in. Very good. Mild toning to top quarter of sheet and three horizontal creases from folding, otherwise a clean copy with remarkably little edgewear.
Poster promoting a Chilean solidarity event organized by socialist American folk singer Phil Ochs, held at The Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden. The event featured an eclectic and wide-ranging lineup with Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, The Living Theater, Swedish diplomat Harald Edelstam, Gato Barbieri, in addition to unannounced (at least on this poster) performances by Dennis Hopper and Bob Dylan, who agreed to perform at the last minute at Ochs’ urgent request to boost ticket sales. In addition to solidarity with the Chilean people suffering under a U.S.-backed military dictatorship, Ochs was personally moved to organize the event when Víctor Jara, a popular Chilean communist singer, theater performer, and personal friend of Ochs, was kidnapped, tortured, and executed by the Pinochet regime in the days after the coup.
An artifact of folk music’s long history with Left politics and the larger American solidarity movement with people in Latin America suffering under U.S.-supported military regimes.