Art, no criticism intended. We all thought it was entertaining, even more so when it popped up on this site. I still have a copy of the book, and a couple of copies of the original, unaltered poster, from before it went to Seattle.
hey, there was more than one error in that book. in some cases i had more than five living artists making claim to a single poster (and it was one that that i did.) so, when you're dealing with addle-brained punks and other inflated damaged egos, there's only so much truth you can nail down. the book will never go into reprint and the original run of a few thousand copies are scattered to the wind. so, what is, is what is. sorry.
by the way, that's the very first time i ever heard your story. it's a good'n. don't know if i believe anything, any more, though. you should heard some of the stories i've been told since that book was released back in 1985...
The true history of this poster is as follows: It was originally designed by New Orleans artist Bunny Matthews to promote a show at Jimmy's in N.O. by Spencer Livingston's band Ballistics, for whom Bunny then played drums, and the Panther Burns from Memphis, featuring Tav Falco and Alex Chilton. The missle in the background represents Ballistics, and the guitarist in the foreground is Tav Falco, playing his Silvertone, photo taken by Bunny at an earlier Ballistics/Panther Burns show. Spencer Livingston wrote a letter to Alex Pettit in Seattle on the back of a copy of this poster, and Alex used it for a show for his band, The New Flamingos, covering up the original words "Panther Burns Ballistics Jimmy's" and the date with the text you see here, and reproducing it. When Chantry put his book together, he asked Pettit who had done the poster, and Pettit assumed the original had been done by Livingston because he knew his artwork. So Pettit gave Livingston the credit, along with himself for adding the new band names as overlays. And so Myth grows. This is a Bunny Matthews piece.