Original poster (12 ¼” x 17 ¼”), printed in color on the recto only. Some minor creasing and wear, with tiny pin holes to the upper corners.
The final surfing film project of Jim Freeman and Greg MacGilllivray, 5 Summer Stories is a classic of its genre, generally considered one of the greatest surfing movies ever made. Its iconic poster features the airbrush artistry of Los Angeles native and surfer Rick Griffin, who got his start as a commercial artist drawing posters for Greg Noll’s Hermosa Beach surfboard shop. That gig led to the opportunity to publish his “Murph the Surf” cartoons in Surfer magazine and his brief stay at Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts). He went on to become one of the “Big Five” San Francisco poster artists famed for their psychedelic concert posters – Griffin drew the cover of the Grateful Dead’s album Aoxomoxoa (1969) – and was a major contributor to Zap Comix.
One of the features that set 5 Summer Stories apart from other surf films was its soundtrack, which in addition to several cuts from the Beach Boys’ album Surf’s Up (1971) featured Honk, the Laguna Beach band hired to write music specifically for the movie. Honk’s appearance at San Marino High School on March 29, 1974, at which the band featured music from the soundtrack album, produced one of the oddest double bills ever: Van Halen served as the opening act. This is one gig that goes unmentioned in Greg Renoff’s Van Halen Rising (2015). The mimeographed handbill (8 ½” x 11”) is a bit toned along with extremities with neat folds. Item #74712