John Thompson was born in Carmel in 1945 and at 17 attended MPC nearby when Baez was a fellow student and Dylan lived here. His posters and work in the school paper and magazine were part of that emerging counterculture. Entering the University of California in 1965 to study art history, his work in student publications appeared, including the UCB humor magazine “Pelican” and UCB Extension posters and brochures.
After graduating with a BA in Art History in 1967 his work began to appear frequently in the first Bay Area “Underground Papers’, including his covers and cartoons in the Berkeley Barb, San Francisco Oracle, San Francisco Express Times and Haight Ashbury Express. In the Oxford University Press History Of Berkeley In The Sixties, he and a friend are mentioned as the two most prominent graphic artists of that tumultuous era. In “History Of The Haight Ashbury” from 1980 he is named among the original poster designers and psychedelic artists, and his posters are in “The Art Of Rock” by Paul Gruskin, Artabras 1987; “The Concise History Of Posters: 1870-1970″ by Abrams in 1972 (with the entire back dust cover his famed 1967 “Flower Child” poster.
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Secret History of Carmel: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-History-Carmel-John-Thompson-ebook/dp/B005UI7AXW
Star Gods: http://www.amazon.com/Star-Gods-John-Thompson/dp/149096150X
Best of Freedom Of Speech: http://www.amazon.com/Best-Freedom-Speech-Constance-Dudley-ebook/dp/B00BUVIATG