The Skirball Cultural Center is hosting a fantastic exhibition all you music-lovers will not want to miss. Beginning May 7th and running all the way through October 11, 2015 — the Skirball Cultural Center presents Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution. This will be the first major career exhibition for the legendary rock promoter. Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham kickstarted the careers of many of your favorite 1960s rock legends. From a successful promoter to a busy manager, Graham worked with a legendary roster of artists including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and the Rolling Stones. With all that thrilling rock ‘n’ roll history, we are sure this exhibition is going to be absolutely spectacular and beyond interesting.
Aside from working with those who made rock ‘n’ roll what it is today, Graham also supported humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988). The exhibition is especially timely as 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Live Aid, the fiftieth anniversary of The Grateful Dead’s live debut, and the fiftieth anniversary of Graham’s first-ever concert.
The Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution exhibit at Skirball will feature memorabilia, photographs, archival concert footage, historical and new video interviews, ephemera, and psychedelic art. Each holding a deeply personal reflection on Graham’s life and his exploration through life and rock ‘n’ roll. The public will also be able to see, for the first time in more than forty years, the original apple barrel that greeted fans with fresh apples at the entrance to the Fillmore Auditorium; letters and gifts from performers and fans; and remarkable live performance and backstage photos from the Fillmore, Winterland, Day on the Green, Live Aid, and other Bill Graham Presents concerts throughout the era.
In addition to the exhibit, there will be concerts and other events to coincide with the exhibitions. Further details will be announced in March.
Tickets to The Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center are priced at $10 to the general public with Thursdays at no charge! This is truly going to be something special and we highly recommend you schedule a visit to the Skirball once the exhibit opens on May 7th. For more details, visit Skirball’s website.