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Bill Graham (promoter)

Cover photo from Bill Graham's biography
Born Wolfgang Grajonca
January 8, 1931(1931-01-08)
Flag of Germany Berlin, Germany
Died October 25, 1991 (aged 60)
Flag of the United States Vallejo, California, USA
Occupation rock promoter

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Life

Bill Graham was born Wolfgang Grajonca in Berlin, the youngest son of a Jewish family that had emigrated from Eastern Europe/Russia to Germany prior to the rise of Nazism. Graham's father died when he was a baby. As it became increasingly difficult for Jews to survive in Nazi Germany, Graham's mother placed Graham and his younger sister in an orphanage in Berlin. This turned out to be fortunate, as the orphanage sent them to France in a pre–Holocaust exchange of Jewish children for Christian orphans. This article is about the capital of Germany. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... National Socialism redirects here. ... National Socialism redirects here. ... This article is about the capital of Germany. ... For other uses, see Holocaust (disambiguation) and Shoah (disambiguation). ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination... For other uses, see Christian (disambiguation). ...


Graham's older sisters stayed behind with his mother. After the fall of France, Graham was among a group of Jewish orphans spirited out of France. A majority of the children – including Graham's younger sister Tolla —did not survive the journey. The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination...


Graham's mother died in Auschwitz. Graham had four sisters, Rita, Evelyn, Sonja, Ester and Tolla (Tanya). His sister Ester survived Auschwitz. She later moved to the United States and was very close to Graham in his later life. His sister Rita escaped by working as a dancer, first to Shanghai and then, after the war, to the United States. Auschwitz, in English, commonly refers to the Auschwitz concentration camp complex built near the town of Oświęcim, by Nazi Germany during World War II. Rarely, it may refer to the Polish town of Oświęcim (called by the Germans Auschwitz) itself. ... For other uses, see Shanghai (disambiguation). ...


Once in the United States, Graham stayed in a foster home in The Bronx in New York City. After being taunted as an immigrant and being called a Nazi because of his German accented English, Graham changed his name ("Graham" was found in the phonebook, it was closest to his real surname "Grajonca." According to Graham, both "Bill" and "Graham" were meaningless to him) and worked to perfect a New York accent. Graham graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School and then went to business school. He was later quoted as describing his training as that of an "efficiency expert." The Bronx is one of the five boroughs of New York City in the United States. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... New York Dialect is the variety of the English language spoken by most European Americans in New York City and much of its metropolitan area including Northern New Jersey, Westchester and Rockland counties, and all of Long Island. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section may be confusing or unclear for some readers, and should be edited to rectify this. ...


Graham was drafted into the United States Army in 1951, although he officially still wasn't a U.S. Citizen, and served in the Korean War, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for bravery in combat. Upon his return to the States he worked as a waiter/maître d' in the Catskill Mountain resorts in upstate New York during their heyday. He was later quoted as saying his experience as a maître d' and with the poker games he hosted behind the scenes was good training for his eventual career as a promoter. Tito Puente, who played some of these resorts, went on record once saying that Graham was avid to learn Spanish from him, but only cared about the curse words. The United States has employed conscription (mandatory military service, also called the draft) several times, usually during war but also during the nominal peace of the Cold War. ... The United States Army is the largest and oldest branch of the armed forces of the United States. ... Combatants United Nations:  Republic of Korea,  Australia,  Belgium,  Luxembourg,  Canada,  Colombia,  Ethiopia,  France,  Greece,  Luxembourg,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Philippines,  South Africa,  Thailand,  Turkey,  United Kingdom,  United States Medical staff:  Denmark,  Australia,  Italy,  Norway,  Sweden Communist states:  Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,  Peoples Republic of China,  Soviet Union Commanders... The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration and is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service. ... For other meanings see Purple Heart (disambiguation). ... The maître d (short for maître dhôtel, literally master of the hall) in a suitably staffed restaurant is the person in charge of assigning customers to tables in the establishment, and dividing the dining area into areas of responsibility for the various servers on duty. ... The Catskill Mountains (also known as simply the Catskills), a natural area in New York State northwest of New York City and southwest of Albany, are not, despite their popular name, true geological mountains, but rather a mature dissected plateau, an uplifted region that was subsequently eroded into sharp relief. ... “NY” redirects here. ... For the domestic fireplace tool, see fireplace poker. ... Tito Puente Ernesto Antonio Puente Jr. ... Look up Profanity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Career

Graham moved from New York to San Francisco in the early 1960s to be closer to his sister, Rita. He was invited to attend a free concert in Golden Gate Park, where he made contact with the San Francisco Mime Troupe. He gave up a promising business career to manage the troupe in 1965 and produce concerts. One of the first concerts he promoted was in partnership with Chet Helms of the Family Dog organization and featured the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. The concert was an overwhelming success and Graham saw an opportunity with the band. Early the next morning, Graham called the band's manager, Albert Grossman, and obtained exclusive rights to promote them. Shortly after that, Chet Helms showed up at Graham's office, asking how Graham could have cut him out of the deal. Graham pointed out that Helms would not have known about it unless he had tried to do the same thing to Graham and advised him to "get up early" in the future. “NY” redirects here. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... Golden Gate Park, located in San Francisco, California, is a large urban park. ... The San Francisco Mime Troupe is an award winning theatre of political satire, which performs free shows in various parks in the San Francisco Bay Area and around California. ... Year 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1965 Gregorian calendar. ... Chet Helms, or Chester Leo Helms, (August 2, 1942 to ~June 25, 2005), born in Santa Maria, California, was the eldest of three sons born to Chester and Novella Helms. ... the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, 1966 Paul Butterfield (December 17, 1942 - May 4, 1987) was an American blues musician, and one of the most innovative harmonica players of the electric blues Chicago-originated style. ... Chet Helms, or Chester Leo Helms, (August 2, 1942 to ~June 25, 2005), born in Santa Maria, California, was the eldest of three sons born to Chester and Novella Helms. ...


A charismatic but often difficult personality, Graham's shows attracted elements of America's now legendary counterculture of the time such as Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Country Joe and The Fish, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, The Committee, The Fugs, Allen Ginsberg, and, a particular favorite of Graham's, The Grateful Dead. His successes and popularity allowed him to become the top concert promoter in rock music. He operated the famous venues the Fillmore West and Winterland (both in San Francisco) and the Fillmore East (in New York City), where the best up-and-coming acts would come to play. He also opened certain weekday nights for unknown bands, like Santana, to get exposure. Graham promoted the West-Coast leg of the legendary The Rolling Stones American Tour 1972, a.k.a. Stones Touring Party, as well as parts of the Rolling Stones 1975 and 1978 tours. He would then promote the entire Rolling Stones American Tour 1981 and Rolling Stones European Tour 1982. When the Stones returned to touring in 1989 with the Steel Wheels tour, Mick Jagger took the offer of Michael Cohl's The BCL Group (Ballard Cohl Labatt). Cohl made his reputation (and his fortune) in 1989 by buying the concert, sponsorship, merchandising, radio, television, and film rights to The Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels Tour. The tour became the most financially successful rock tour in history. Graham later found out that Cohl had only offered slightly more money, and Graham took Jagger's repudiation as a personal defeat, writing "Losing the Stones was like watching my favourite lover become a whore". In sociology, counterculture is a term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day, the cultural equivalent of political opposition. ... Jefferson Airplane is an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement. ... Janis Lyn Joplin (Born January 19, 1943- October 4, 1970 was an influential singer, songwriter, and music arranger. ... Country Joe and the Fish, from the cover of Feel Like Im Fixin to Die Country Joe and the Fish was a rock music/folk music band known for musical protests against the Vietnam War, from 1965 to 1970. ... Lawrence Ferlinghetti Lawrence Ferlinghetti (born Lawrence Ferling[1] on March 24, 1919) is an American poet who is known as the co-owner of the City Lights Bookstore and publishing house, which published early literary works of the Beats, including Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg. ... The Committee may refer to any of the following: The Committee Theater was a San Francisco based improvisational comedy group formed in 1963. ... The Fugs second album (1966) The Fugs was a band formed in New York City in 1965 by Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, with Ken Weaver on drums. ... Irwin Allen Ginsberg (IPA: ) (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American poet. ... Jerry Garcia later in life The Grateful Dead was an American rock band, which was formed in 1965 in San Francisco from the remnants of another band, Mother McCrees Uptown Jug Champions. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... The Fillmore, also known as Fillmore Auditorium, is a legendary music venue in San Francisco, California. ... Winterland was a San Francisco music venue, booked by Bill Graham, and famous for such events as The Last Waltz, countless Grateful Dead shows, Jimi Hendrix, and the final appearance of the Sex Pistols. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Fillmore East was promoter Bill Grahams rock palace in the East Village area of New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Santana (originally the Santana Blues Band) is a flexible number of musicians accompanying Carlos Santana since the late 1960s. ... The Rolling Stones American Tour 1972, often referred the S.T.P. Tour (for Stones Touring Party), was a much-publicized and much-written-about concert tour of The United States and Canada in June and July 1972 by The Rolling Stones. ... This article is about the rock band. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Its the American Tour to promote, the album Tattoo You 25th September: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John F. Kennedy Stadium 26th September: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, John F. Kennedy Stadium 27th September: Buffalo, New York, Rich Stadium 1st October: Rockford, Illinois, Metro Center 3rd October: Boulder, Colorado, Folsom Field 4th October: Boulder, Colorado... Its the European Tour to promote, the album Tattoo You 26th May: Aberdeen, Scotland, Capitol Theatre 27th May: Glasgow, Scotland, Apollo Theatre 28th May: Edinburgh, Scotland, Green’s Playhouse 2nd June: Rotterdam, Netherlands, Feyenoord Stadion 4th June: Rotterdam, Netherlands, Feyenoord Stadion 5th June: Rotterdam, Netherlands, Feyenoord Stadion 6th June... ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... Michael Phillip Mick Jagger CBE (born July 26, 1943) is an English rock musician, actor, songwriter, record and film producer and businessman. ... Michael Cohl is the president of Toronto-based music promotional company The BCL Group (Ballard Cohl Labatt). ...


In the 1970s, he closed the Fillmores on both coasts, citing a need to "find himself." He retreated to a Greek island, but found the peace disconcerting and later admitted he had trouble with the fact that no one knew who he was there. Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The name Fillmore may refer to: Millard Fillmore, the thirteenth President of the United States. ...


He returned to promoting, first putting on concerts at smaller venues, like the Berkeley Community Theatre on the campus of Berkeley High School. He then leased out the Winterland Arena in San Francisco and promoted shows at the Cow Palace Auditorium in Daly City. His first large-scale outdoor arena concert was a benefit for the San Francisco after-school programs, called the SNACK concert and starred Bob Dylan, with Neil Young and members of The Band. He was careful to make sure everything ran smoothly at his events, fearing the unpredictable nature of large crowds, and became known for his explosive response to anyone deviating from procedure. A noted venue located in Berkeley, California on the campus of Berkeley High School. ... Berkeley High School refers to the following high schools: Berkeley High School (California), Berkeley, California Berkeley High School (SC), Moncks Corner, SC This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Winterland was a San Francisco music venue, booked by Bill Graham, and famous for such events as The Last Waltz, countless Grateful Dead shows, Jimi Hendrix, and the final appearance of the Sex Pistols. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... The Cow Palace (originally known as the California State Livestock Pavilion) is an indoor arena in Daly City, California that borders neighboring San Francisco. ... Daly City is a city located in San Mateo County, California, United States. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Neil Percival Young[1] OM (born November 12, 1945, Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, and film director from Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... For other uses, see Band. ...


In the mid 1980s, in conjunction with the city of Mountain View, California, and Apple Inc. cofounder Steve Wozniak, he masterminded the creation of the Shoreline Amphitheatre, which became the San Francisco Peninsula's major venue for outdoor rock concerts.[citation needed] Mountain View is a city in Santa Clara County, in the U.S. state of California. ... Apple Inc. ... Stephan Gary Woz Wozniak (born August 11, 1950 in San Jose, California) is a U.S. computer engineer and the co-founder of Apple Computer (now Apple Inc. ... Shoreline Amphitheatre as seen from ground level Aerial photograph of Shoreline Amphitheatre, with the parking lots and the neighbouring golf course Shoreline Amphitheatre is an outdoor amphitheater in Mountain View, California, USA, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ...


He would go on to set the standard for well-produced large-scale rock concerts, such as the American portion of Live Aid in JFK Stadium, Philadelphia on July 13, 1985, as well as the 1986 A Conspiracy of Hope and 1988 Human Rights Now! tours for Amnesty International. In addition, he presented regular concerts in Bay Area stadiums, referred to as "Days on the Green," and was known to aggressively challenge potential competition, referring to other promoters by the name "Joe Schlitz." He was often seen pounding his fist into his open hand and announcing that "Joe Schlitz will not come into this town." The term, rock concert, refers to a musical performance in the style of any one of many genres inspired by rock and roll music. ... Ethiopia, as its borders were in 1985. ... John F. Kennedy Stadium (originally known as Municipal Stadium, later also referred to as JFK Stadium) was a stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that stood from 1925-1992. ... Nickname: Motto: Philadelphia maneto - Let brotherly love endure Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: , Country Commonwealth County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Government  - Mayor John F. Street (D) Area  - City 369. ... A Conspiracy of Hope Tour was a short series of six benefit concerts in behalf of Amnesty International that took place in the United States during June 1986. ... The Human Rights Now! Tour was a truly worldwide series of benefit concerts in behalf of Amnesty International that took place over six weeks in 1988. ... Amnesty International (commonly known as Amnesty or AI) is a pressure group that promotes human rights. ... USGS satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Day on the Green was the name of a concert series in Oakland, California, presented by Bill Graham and his company Bill Graham Presents. ... A Schlitz advertisement from 1953 The Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company was an American brewery based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ...


Graham's monopoly business practices went as far as strong-arm contracts with the University of California Regents to control on-campus entertainment venues, thus preventing ASUC and other student organizations from promoting their own rock concerts in the 1980s. In the 80's he teamed up with BASS Tickets to drive small-business ticket-distribution companies out of business in the Bay Area, creating a de facto monopoly. After the small fry went belly-up, the remaining player, Ticketmaster (formerly BASS), raised prices to unprecedented levels. Its only opposition came from a few bands, notably Pearl Jam, who protested that the company's high ticketing fees were unfair to music fans. Such practices were targeted by the California Senate in S.B 815. [1] This article is about the rock group. ...


For all his competitive nature and fiery disposition, Graham was recognized as an expert promoter who genuinely cared about both the artists and the attendees at his concerts. He was the first to ensure that medical personnel were on site for large shows and was both a contributor and supporter of the Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic, which he often used as medical support at events. He also loved putting together groups onstage from different ethnic backgrounds—many of whom were ignored by other promoters—and he had an eye for pleasing his audience, while making an effort to educate them in styles of music they would otherwise not have been exposed to. Categories: US geography stubs | San Francisco neighborhoods ... A free clinic is a medical facility offering community healthcare on a free or low-cost basis. ...


In management, Graham is credited with the early careers of groups like Santana, Eddie Money and Paul Collins' Beat. He was also responsible for promoting the careers of virtually every other group that played the concert circuit between 1965 and 1991. Santana (originally the Santana Blues Band) is a flexible number of musicians accompanying Carlos Santana since the late 1960s. ... Eddie Money (born Edward Joseph Mahoney, March 2, 1949) is an American rock musician and singer who found success in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of Top 40 hits and platinum albums. ... The cover of the The Beats 1979 self-titled debut. ...


Graham's status as a Holocaust survivor came into play in the mid-1980s, during the presidency of Ronald Reagan. When Graham learned that Reagan intended to lay a wreath at the Bitburg Cemetery in Germany, where SS Officers were buried, he organized protests against the act. During the same month that Reagan visited the cemetery, Graham's office was firebombed by Neo-Nazis. Graham, in France at the time, meeting with Bob Geldof to organize the first Live Aid concert, was informed of the fire via telephone. He responded as follows: "Was anybody hurt?" It was only after he was told that everyone was okay, he asked, "Is anything left?" “Reagan” redirects here. ... Bitburg (English - Bit Castle) is a city in Germany, capital of the district Bitburg-Prüm, in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. ... SS or ss or Ss may be: The Schutzstaffel, a Nazi paramilitary force Steamship (SS) (ship prefix) The United States Secret Service A submarine not powered by nuclear energy (SS) (United States Navy designator), see SSN A Soviet/Russian surface-to-surface missile, as listed by NATO reporting name Shortstop... The terms Neo-Nazism and Neo-Fascism refer to any social or political movement to revive Nazism or Fascism, respectively, and postdates the Second World War. ... Robert Frederick Xenon Geldof, (or Zenon, sources differ)KBE[1], known as Bob Geldof (born 5 October 1951) [2], is an Irish singer, songwriter, actor and political activist. ... Ethiopia, as its borders were in 1985. ...


Graham also was instrumental in commissioning and marketing psychedelic concert posters by designers including Wes Wilson and Rick Griffin. These posters are now considered collector's items. For psychedelics, see psychedelic drug. ... This article or section needs to be wikified. ... Richard Alden Griffin (June 18, 1944 - August 18, 1991) was an American artist and one of the leading designers of psychedelic posters in the 1960s. ...


Graham had a lifelong dream to become a character actor, professing a great admiration for Edward G. Robinson. He appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, as a promoter. In 1990, director Barry Levinson and actor Warren Beatty provided an opportunity for Graham to take a more substantive role by casting him as Charles "Lucky" Luciano in the film Bugsy. During one scene, Graham is shown in a Latin dance number, a style of dancing Graham had embraced in later life. He also appears as a promoter in the 1991 Oliver Stone film "The Doors". Edward Goldenberg Robinson (born Emanuel Goldenberg, Yiddish: עמנואל גולדנברג; December 12, 1893 – January 26, 1973) was an American stage and film actor of Romanian origin. ... Francis Ford Coppola (born April 7, 1939) is a five-time Academy Award winning American film director, producer, and screenwriter. ... Apocalypse Now is a 1979 Academy and Golden Globe award winning American film set during the Vietnam War. ... Barry Levinson Barry Levinson (born April 6, 1942 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a Jewish-American screenwriter, film director, actor, and producer of film and television. ... Henry Warren Beatty (born March 30, 1937), better known as Warren Beatty, is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Charles Lucky Luciano (born Salvatore Lucania) (November 24, 1897 – January 26, 1962) was a Sicilian-American mobster. ... Bugsy is a 1991 film which tells the story of mobster Bugsy Siegel. ...


Death

Graham was killed in a helicopter crash near Vallejo, California in 1991, while returning home from a Huey Lewis and The News concert at the Concord Pavilion. Graham had attended the event to discuss promoting a benefit concert for the victims of the 1991 Oakland firestorm, after a large portion of the Oakland/Berkeley Hills burned. For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ... Vallejo (pronounced IPA: in English; in the original Spanish) is a city in Solano County, California, United States. ... ... The Chronicle Pavilion (formely known as the Concord Pavilion is a venue located in Concord, California. ... A benefit concert is a concert featuring musicians, comedians, or other performers that is held for a charitable purpose, often directed at a specific and immediate humanitarian crisis. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... The Oakland Hills Firestorm occurred on Sunday October 20, 1991. ... “Oakland” redirects here. ... Berkeley is a city on the east shore of San Francisco Bay in northern California, in the United States. ...


Once he had obtained the commitment from the News to perform, he returned to his helicopter, but was stopped by the bass player from the band, Mario Cippolina, who, in a moment of foresight, pressed Graham to take his limousine. The helicopter crashed shortly after take-off, just 20 miles from the concert site.


Flying in weather reported as low overcast, rain and gusty winds, the aircraft flew directly into a 223-foot high-voltage tower along Hwy 37, which runs between Vallejo and Marin County. JUNCTION POSTMILE SR-251 MRN 0. ... Vallejo can refer to: Vallejo, California Vallejo (band) Boris Vallejo, a Peruvian-born American painter César Vallejo, a Peruvian-born Spanish poet. ... Marin County is a county located in Californias San Francisco Bay Area, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. ...


Also killed in the crash was Graham's girlfriend, Melissa Gold, ex-wife of author Herbert Gold,[citation needed] and pilot Steve Kahn. Songbird is a fictional character, a superheroine and reformed supervillainess in the Marvel Comics universe // Melissa Gold was a troubled runaway from an alcoholic father and incarcerated mother. ... Herbert Gold (born March 9, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an author of several novels. ...


Graham was married one time to a woman named Bonnie and had had several long-term relationships. He was survived by his sisters and three sons, [[David Graham], Alex Graham and kevin johnson.


Following his death, his company, Bill Graham Presents, was taken over by a group of employees. Graham's sons were not part of the new management team. The new owners sold the company to SFX Promotions, which in turn sold the company to Clear Channel Entertainment. The BGP staff did not embrace the Clear Channel name, and several members of the Graham staff eventually left the company, including former President/CEO Gregg Perloff and former Senior Vice President Sherry Wasserman, who started their own company, Another Planet Entertainment. Eventually Clear Channel separated itself from concert promotion and formed Live Nation, which is managed by senior Clear Channel management. Live Nation is now the world's largest concert production/promotion company. Bill Graham (born Wolfgang Grajonca January 8, 1931 in Berlin, Germany - October 25, 1991) was a well-known concert promoter, beginning in the 1960s. ... Clear Channel Communications is a media company based in the United States of America. ... Live Nation NYSE: LYV is a concert company based in the United States of America. ... Live Nation NYSE: LYV is a concert company based in the United States of America. ...


In tribute, the San Francisco Civic Auditorium was renamed the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and his memorial service in Golden Gate Park attracted one of the biggest crowds the park had ever seen. It included many of the bands Graham had supported. San Francisco Civic Auditorium is an indoor arena in San Francisco, California. ... Golden Gate Park, located in San Francisco, California, is a large urban park. ...


Many Bay Area residents referred to the crash as "the Night the Music Died."


Trivia

Bill Sagan (Former CEO of EBP) of Minnetonka, Minnesota, bought the Bill Graham Presents archives and has organized hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of merchandise and video/audio recordings of concerts collected by Graham. Sagan is now selling some of the collection at Wolfgang's Vault [2] which was named after Bill's given name at birth. Sagan is now being sued by several of the artists for alleged rights infringement.


The Wolfgang's Vault website is paying artists as if they were an Internet radio station. It provides all music for free and pays its bills with the sale of concert memorabilia. More Info


See also

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References

  • Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock And Out, re-published 2004. (By Robert Greenfield and Bob Graham) ISBN 0-306-81349-1
  • "Wolfgang's vault website"

Robert Bob Greenfield (born 1946) is an American author, journalist and screenwriter. ...

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