One of the most influential concert promoters in history, Bill Graham (1931–1991) worked with the biggest names in rock, including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Led Zeppelin, and the Rolling Stones, and launched the careers of countless music legends at his famed Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco in the 1960s, as well as at Fillmore East in New York City. Organized by the Skirball Cultural Center, the first comprehensive retrospective of the life and career of the legendary rock impresario features more than 300 objects—including rock memorabilia, photographs, and concert posters—that explore some of the 20th century’s momentous cultural transformations through the lens of rock & roll and looks at Graham’s personal connections to New York. 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.
Exhibitions at New-York Historical are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the Seymour Neuman Endowed Fund, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. WNET is the media sponsor.