Pussy Galore – Cannibal Club, Austin, TX, US (11 July 1989)

Pussy Galore show at Cannibal Club, 6th Street, Austin, TX, US with Ed Hall and Healing Explosion on 11 July 1989.

Artwork (landscape): Frank Kozik, measures 11″ x 17″
Artwork (portrait): David Lewis

“Frank and I fixed up five of those, five with blue on red and five with red on blue. Those ten were placed in strategically important locations on the Drag (Guadalupe) in Austin. This one went straight home with me! The show itself was actually the best show we ever played! I have the board tape of it. Healing Explosion split after our 13th show, opening for L7 in September’89.” – David Lewis (https://www.instagram.com/myreccollection/)

“The second image (the girl) was the flier that I made. My poster art handle was d.n.l (still is occasionally). The 8&1/2 x 11 fliers were wheat pasted on poles around town. The wheat paste posters operated late at night/ early morning. We had them put the koziks up higher out of reach from the average pedestrian. Mine were lower, and more accessible, but couldn’t be removed without destroying it. One of the two color customs that Frank and I had made was pasted appropriately seven feet up on the side of Capt. Quakenbush coffee shop and survived there for six months or so. I had to walk by it every day on my way to work at Sound Exchange, and it was a bit of a painful thing after we broke up. I was already on to my next band ELIZABETH, and @hooknose1969 went on to drum with #sugarshack , #thefuckemos and, most notably, (and currently) as one third of the legendary #cherubsbandatx ! ❤️” – David Lewis (https://www.instagram.com/myreccollection/)

nb. The two posters on white card-stock paper with red ink and blue ink appear to be original printings. In 1989 and before, nearly all Kozik posters were distributed to promote the show, usually taped or glued up, so he rarely signed them. It is unlikely that any re-prints were made.

Collectors would bring earlier posters to Frank for signatures years later. Frank would sign them and date the signature which would explain why the red and blue posters have the ’91 date.

No black ink posters were made to promote the show. It is possible that the one shown here is either a pirate printing or a test printing.

“Heartbreaking news tonight. My old friend Frank Kozik has passed away unexpectedly today. No cause given. Between 1988-1991 we were pretty good friends, and we had a mutual respect for each other’s work. At some point he took it that extra mile and made a career out of it. He was, to a point, helpful and encouraging, and I was almost to the point I could have pursued the same path. That I didn’t was part of my whole downfall in 1991. This period was the same time I drifted away from a lot of people who I previously saw almost every day. We reconnected on social media but in a very distant way. The poster shown was a very highest point of my musical career, Healing Explosion (with Brent and Jeff) was on the ascendancy, opening the show for Ed Hall and Pussy Galore. The poster he made for the show is my absolute favorite by him, even though I have a problem with guns. He explained how it wasn’t just a girl with a gun, it was a girl who had power. Not everything he did had meaning, he knew how and wasn’t afraid to capitalize on things, and was much better at doing Made to order work than I ever could, and he was so focused. One time he had me up to his studio and, even as early as 1989 he had a nice, professional, set up. He let me go through the archives and encouraged me to take one of all the posters I didn’t already have. I regret, to this day, only taking five or six and, jokingly, having him sign only one. I treasure the ones I have. He was another one of us from the Slacker era who was always busy, always working. There weren’t many of us who didn’t have several jobs and varied artistic pursuits. The Frank I knew then was as I have preferred to remember him, as the thirty odd years since I barely knew him at all. Frank was a good person, and the news hits me hard. He also had a great love for cats. Behind his artwork was a real, three dimensional person and I can’t imagine him not being among us living. Rest easy, Kozik, you brought a lot of color to our world! ❤️ dnl” – David Slade (May 10, 2023)

Thanks to Sam Schott (TheSamSchott.com) for the corrections and additional information.

Blue / Red (Top): David Lewis (of Healing Explosion) (https://www.instagram.com/myreccollection/)
Red Posters (Immediately Below & Very Bottom): Thanks to Michael Chaiken (https://www.instagram.com/xmchaikenx/)
Red Kozik Poster Image with fold: Thanks to Lenny Sblendorio (https://www.facebook.com/lenny.sblendorio / https://www.instagram.com/cleanlenny/)

Pussy Galore - Cannibal Club, Austin, TX, US (11 July 1989)

Pussy Galore - Cannibal Club, Austin, TX, US (11 July 1989)

Pussy Galore - Cannibal Club, Austin, TX, US (11 July 1989)