NC State is at the center of a rock ‘n’ roll treasure hunt, as a music memorabilia buyer has set out to find a rare poster from a Rolling Stones concert at Reynolds Coliseum in 1965.
Andrew Hawley, of Vintage Rock Posters, has announced that he’s willing to pay $5,000 for the poster of the concert on NC State’s campus.
The poster was used in seven venues on that particular tour, including Raleigh, Charlotte and Greensboro, N.C., and they would just change the name for each city. Only 100 posters were printed for the Raleigh show. The poster’s unique qualities include a picture of the band with a title of one of their greatest hits, “Satisfaction,” in small print.
Why is the poster so valuable to Hawley and other collectors?
One reason is that the tour marked only the second U.S. tour for the Stones, who had first come to the states a year earlier in 1964. But there’s also a personal connection to the poster for Hawley, who has the posters for the Charlotte and Greensboro shows.
“My dad grew up in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.,” he says. “It’s been something I’ve always been looking for. I actually saw a picture of it a long time ago.”
Hawley, who is 46 and lives in Denver, Colo., spends his time tracking down posters of other rock ‘n’ roll greats like Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Janis Joplin and Buddy Holly. He appreciates the fact that the posters were randomly put up almost 50 years ago and are now resurfacing.
“I’ve been collecting posters since 1986,” he says. “A lot of this stuff was just hung up in laundromats and barber shops.”
Contact Hawley if you have any information on the poster.