Thursday, May 5, 2011

Bill Graham Exhibit Opens Today

By Kathleen Richards
Thu, May 5, 2011 at 3:30 PM

Most Bay Area residents know the name Bill Graham, a concert promoter in the 1960s who was responsible for making names like the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane huge. His legacy continues today in venues (the Bill Graham Civic) and promotion (Another Planet Entertainment, whose CEO, Gregg Perloff, was once president and CEO of Bill Graham Presents). But who was the man behind the music? That's the subject of a new exhibit on Graham, opening today, called Presenting: Bill Graham.

In his own words, the exhibition follows Bill from his childhood in war-torn Germany to a new life in New York City, his emergence as a concert promoter in psychedelic San Francisco, his enduring influence on the way rock music is still presented, and his life-long passion to bring about social change by raising money for an endless variety of good causes.

Where: Lush Life Gallery at the Jazz Heritage Center
1320-1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
Lush Life Gallery Hours: Weds - Sat 3pm - 10pm
Sun 2pm - 8pm • Mon/Tues: By appointment only

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