Saturday, January 11, 2020
The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation Presents
Bill’s 89th Birthday Bash
with DJ Harry Duncan
Silent Auction, birthday cake, and good company
We are thrilled to announce that the next landing spot for Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, a comprehensive retrospective of Bill’s life and career, will be the New York Historical Society Museum and Library, opening February 14, 2020 and running through August 9, 2020. The exhibition is also accompanied by an immersive audio experience.
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is organized and circulated by the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, in association with the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, and made possible by the support of Alex Graham, David Graham, and Danny Scher. The exhibition is coordinated at New-York Historical by Cristian Petru Panaite, associate curator of exhibitions.
Photo: Ken Friedman, Prince and the Revolution perform at the Cow Palace, Daly City, March 1, 1985. Chromogenic print. Courtesy of Ken Friedman.
The Show’s The Thing: The Legendary Promoters Of Rock will be screening at DocLands Documentary Film Festival May 2-5, 2019, presented by the California Film Institute.
Pulling back the curtain on the unforgettable live shows of the ‘60s and ‘70s that came to define our collective musical memories, The Show’s the Thing reveals how a ragtag group of promoters virtually invented rock and roll. Bringing this untold story to life, directors Molly Bernstein and Philip Dolin introduce us to such larger-than-life personalities as kingpins Frank Barsalona and Bay Area legend Bill Graham. Colorful interviews with the promoters themselves and with the musicians whose careers would not have existed without them—including Carlos Santana, Jon Bon Jovi, and Bob Geldof—combine with a rich trove of archival material and a terrific selection of music from The Who, Simon and Garfunkel, David Bowie, and many more.
The screening will include in-person appearances by Directors Molly Bernstein and Philip Dolin, with Danny Scher and Jerry Pompili (long time Bill Graham Presents employees and current BGMF Board members)
The Show’s The Thing: The Legendary Promoters Of Rock
Directors: Molly Bernstein, Philip Dolin
Festival Section: Wonderlands
Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Location: The Cinearts Sequoia 1
25 Throckmorton Ave
Mill Valley, CA. 94941
Graham’s sons, David and Alex, to accept the award on his behalf
| January 16, 2019 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) is pleased to announce that they will be presenting the Loebenberg Humanitarian Award posthumously to iconic concert promoter Bill Graham, the subject of the current exhibition at the Museum Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. The presentation will take place during the Museum’s annual benefit, To Life: Rock, Roll, Remember on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at The Vinoy in downtown St. Petersburg. Graham’s sons, David and Alex, will be accepting the award on his behalf. |
“As a child refugee orphaned by the Holocaust, our father’s life trajectory sent him fleeing from the fate of malevolence and tyranny, towards the opportunities of peace and self-determination. Experiencing such contrast firsthand compelled him to fortify the sovereignty of others; pioneering an industry in the process. By championing the role that music and togetherness play in the dignity of life, he fostered harmony in the world,” said Alex Graham.
“This is a great honor. Our father’s life story certainly offers a template for how to be an agent for good in one’s community. It’s a special feeling to know that this still resonates with people,” said David Graham.
Bill Graham is recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history. He launched the careers of countless rock & roll legends, conceived rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes, and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts. “As a child, his life was saved during the Holocaust through the actions of strangers,” said Elizabeth Gelman, Executive Director of The Florida Holocaust Museum. “He spent his adult life working to help millions of people he never knew.”
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The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, was formed in January of 2008 in memory of the legendary rock impresario, Bill Graham. The foundation is a public charity that is funded through individual and corporate contributions and grants.
The Foundation is guided by a broad-based group which includes Bill’s sons, several former long-time employees of Bill Graham Presents and other community leaders.
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Slide photos: Bill photos (left to right) Unknown, Chris Scott, Unknown*
Organization photos courtesy of: Berkeley Old Time Music Conference, Little Kids Rock, Fiddle Kids, Destiny Arts, Los Centzontles, Urban Sprouts, 826 Valencia Street, Art with Elders, Friends of Sausal Creek, East Bay Center for Performing Arts, Ceres Community Project, Urban Sprouts
Event photos: Ken Friedman, Jay Blakesberg
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