Bill Graham Exhibition To Open At L..A.'s Skirball Cultural Center In May
December 29, 2014 at 1:07 PM (PT)
"BILL GRAHAM and the Rock & Roll Revolution," the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of the legendary rock impresario, is set to open at the SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER in LOS ANGELES, MAY 7th through OCTOBER 11th.
Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, GRAHAM conceived of rock 'n' roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and produced milestone benefit concerts such as LIVE AID and HUMAN RIGHTS NOW! As a promoter and manager, he worked with some of the biggest names in rock, including THE GRATEFUL DEAD, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, JIMI HENDRIX, SANTANA, LED ZEPPELIN and THE ROLLING STONES.
The exhibition will tell the story of the BERLIN-born immigrant who arrived in NEW YORK at the age of 11 as part of a RED CROSS effort to help JEWISH children fleeing the Nazis.
Through rock memorabilia, photographs and psychedelic art in the form of the iconic FILLMORE concert posters, "BILL GRAHAM and the Rock & Roll Revolution" explores the cultural transformations of the '60s-'80s through the lens of rock & roll. The year 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of LIVE AID and the 50th anniversary of his first-ever concert promoiton, as well as THE GRATEFUL DEAD’s live debut.
SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER previously presented "BOB DYLAN's American Journey, 1956-1966" exhibition in 2008.