Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
Sept. 16, 2016 – Jan. 16, 2017
Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Bill Graham launched the careers of countless rock & roll legends in the ’60s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium. He conceived of rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988). As a promoter and manager, he worked with the biggest names in rock, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones. Through rock memorabilia, photographs, ephemera, and psychedelic art in the form of Fillmore concert posters, the exhibition will explore the momentous cultural transformations of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s through the lens of rock & roll.
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.