Exhibit of legendary music promoter Bill Graham at Illinois Holocaust Museum

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Bill Graham as Father Time, New Year's Eve 1988

The Illinois Holocaust Museum may sound like an odd choice to showcase the life of renowned music promoter Bill Graham, who helped launch and promote the careers of countless iconic artists including the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, The Who, Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones. But not so.

Graham was Jewish, brought to the U.S. as an 11-year-old German refugee fleeing the Nazis. He also had a lifelong passion for social justice and was an advocate for it.

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Bob Dylan and Jerry Garcia at Day on the Green

Highlights of the exhibit include:
• Cool memorabilia from the Fillmore Auditorium.
• Iconic photographs from rock’s most famous photographers.
• Costumes, musical instruments, and artifacts from the careers of Janis Joplin, Keith Richards, Pete Townsend and other groundbreaking artists.
• An installation of “The Joshua Light Show”—the liquid light show conceived in 1967 by multimedia artist Joshua White.
• Preparatory drawings and the original artwork of several iconic Fillmore concert posters.

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Keith Richards' boots from 1981

"Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution" runs from July 16 to November 12, 2017 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive in Skokie. For more information about the exhibition and related programs, go to www.ilholocaustmuseum.org.

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  • Love this, Judy! An excellent heads-up.

    Most people don't know what a pisser Bill Graham was - tough, self-made and loved to get in the face of social injustice. I was SO sad when he died - in one of those damned Bell Jet Ranger choppers. (Lost my beloved Stevie Ray Vaughan in one of those, too.)

  • In reply to Michelle Babicz:

    Thanks, Michelle...Should be a great exhibit!

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