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On the walls of the PSYCHEDELIC ART EXCHANGE in Hamp- den hang framed posters in lime green, neon pink and elec- tric blue bearing trippy images of faces, fingerprints, eyes and skulls.

These are advertisements for iconic ’60s bands such as The Doors, the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix— but they’re also art. One poster pro- moting Big Brother and the Holding Co. (Janis Joplin’s backing band) features a tree bubbling with eyes. Another poster fea- turing a mauve-skinned woman with electric green hair adver- tises a concert featuring the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and Big Brother and the Holding Co. Some of the posters don’t appear at first glance to be advertisements at all. A pen and ink sketch of military medals actually contains information for a concert fea- turing Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac as text on the medals.

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