An Evening with Barry Lewis: A Tribute to Bill Graham

Featuring: Barry Lewis
  • Thursday, June 11, 2020
  • Canceled

PROGRAM CANCELLATION: This program has been canceled to help support the city’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health of our visitors and staff. More details on our Visit page. New-York Historical Society will reach out to all ticket buyers to review refund and ticket-to-donation options.

Thank you very much for your support of the New-York Historical Society and its Public Programs. 


Join us for a special evening in which Barry Lewis pays tribute to the legendary rock promoter Bill Graham. To escape the Nazis, 8-year-old Graham arrived in New York as a refugee and lived with a foster family in the Bronx. Relocating to San Francisco after college in the early ’60s, he devoted himself to producing rock concert benefits and was a leading force that made the famed Fillmore Auditorium the epicenter of San Francisco’s mid-60’s psychedelic scene. The venue featured the Grateful Dead, the Doors, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and, as its house singer, Janis Joplin. Killed in a helicopter crash at the age of 60 in 1991, he is remembered as being seminal in helping define the transformative pop culture of the era.

Barry Lewis is an architectural historian who specializes in European and American architecture from the 18th to 20th centuries. He lived in the Haight-Ashbury in the summer of 1966, went regularly to the Fillmore and the Avalon Ballroom (its rival), and ran across Bill Graham in both San Francisco and the Fillmore East in New York.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

Through the generosity of Bernard and Irene Schwartz, the New-York Historical Society brings a wide array of extraordinary lectures and dynamic conversations to New York’s Upper West Side.