Bob and Marianne interview David Graham about his father’s Bill Graham Exhibition at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, longtime Chicagoan weather forecaster Jim Tilmon stops by to talk about his new book, controversial doctor Joseph Mercola talks about alternative medicine and healthy eating, plus hurricane updates from NBC reporter Laura Rodriguez, Aviation Meteorology Professor Rick DiMaio, and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine!
Hear the interview here; David’s interview begins at 36:00
You may not know his name, but it’s almost a certainty you’ve heard some of his work.
‘Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution’
When: Through Nov. 12
Where: Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie
Admission: $6-$12; additional $5 for Graham exhibit ticket
The man in question is the late Bill Graham, the onetime dean of concert promoters, whose penchant for self-promotion (“Bill Graham Presents” was prominently placed on pretty much all of his concert posters) was surpassed only by his uncanny ability to spot and promote music talent. Rising to prominence in the 1960s rock music scene of San Francisco, Graham set up shop most notably at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium, where the roster of relative “unknowns” would include Carlos Santana (whom Graham first saw in a 1967 jam session at the Fillmore), the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. The stage would come to boast the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, The Who, the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Miles Davis, The Velvet Underground and more.
Chicago Tonight, WTTW TV
He was a ringmaster of rock ‘n’ roll. Promoter Bill Graham made a colossal impact on the music of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s, and always maintained a strong social conscience.
His past was prologue. Escaping Nazi Germany as a child helped form the man who became a tireless champion of popular music.
Phil Ponce: He helped launch Jefferson Airplane, raise the Grateful Dead, and bring Jimi Hendrix, Santana and The Who to a wider audience.
He revolutionized concerts with light shows, psychedelic art and theatricality.
The Illinois Holocaust Museum might seem an unusual place for an exhibition on a pioneer in American music, but Bill Graham was born in Germany in 1931.
Arielle Weininger, Illinois Holocaust Museum: Bill Graham has a history that comes out of being a child refugee from the Holocaust. It’s a similar story to many of the people associated to our museum—it’s just that he became very very famous for his rock ‘n’ roll career.
He was born in Berlin. His family put him into an orphanage once the Nazis came to power. He then was moved post-Kristallnacht to orphanages in France. Eventually the children were led out of France to Spain and then Portugal, and he made his way with a number of other refugees to the United States, to Ellis Island and the Bronx.
A Review in the Chicago Times about Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution
Having a rock music exhibition in a Holocaust museum does not seem like the most natural fit.
But “Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution,” newly opened at the Illinois Holocaust Museum, is not your standard museum rock show.
Graham, the flamboyant concert promoter who arose with the seminal music scene in San Francisco in the late 1960s, was basically the Zelig of what we now think of as classic rock. From the Grateful Dead to the Who to the Rolling Stones, you can pretty much bet that Graham worked closely with them, and that a guitar from them, or a letter to Graham, or a live CD they recorded at one of Graham’s venues, is in this show.
The news article includes a great slideshow of the exhibit.