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    HAM-016 Attributed to Karoly Grosz, The Mummy, 1932, produced by Universal Pictures, printed by Morgan Lithograph Company, lithograph, 81 x 41 in. (205.7 x 101.1 cm). Collection of Kirk Hammett. Courtesy of Universal Pictures Licensing, LLC.
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    HAM-009 Dracula, 1931, produced by Universal Pictures, lithograph, 41 × 27 in. (104.1 × 68.6 cm). Collection of Kirk Hammett. Courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing, LLC.
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    “It’s Alive!” Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection
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    “It’s Alive!” Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection

San Francisco Local Legend Kirk Hammett to Premiere Horror And Sci-fi Art Collection at The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass.

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This August, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) in Salem, Mass., debuts the exclusive presentation of It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection. Bay Area local legend, Kirk Hammett, is obviously best known as the lead guitarist of the Bay Area band Metallica, but he’s also an avid collector of classic horror and sci-fi movie posters.

The exhibition that he’s set up features over 90 pieces of art memorabilia and according to a press release that went out this morning, “provide insight into the evolution of horror and sci-fi films and how they have played upon contemporary societal fears.”

The exhibition, on view Aug. 12 through Nov. 26, 2017, features film posters as well as collectible electric guitars, monster masks, and sculptures.

Exhibition Highlights:

– 75 posters, 6 guitars and 10 related images
– Work by legendary graphic designers as well as unidentified masters

Thematic sections:

– The Undead (Dracula, The Mummy, Frankenstein)
– The Collector
– Classic Tales
– Other Realms (Aliens, The Deep)
– Women and Power
– Horror Spoofs
– The Eyes
– Mad Science
– Zombies

Photo of Kirk Hammett courtesy of Alison White

An avid drummer whose discography includes albums on Digital Nations (a Steve Vai imprint), music critic Louis Raphael has always kept a pulse on the San Francisco music scene. After many years as the San Francisco Music Examiner for Examiner.com and AXS.com, he decided to start Music in SF® as a way to showcase what the San Francisco music scene really has to offer.

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