Graham launched the careers of countless rock & roll legends such as
the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and the Rolling Stones
July 25, 2018 [St. Petersburg, FL] — Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution opens on August 18th at The Florida Holocaust Museum! This exhibition explores the extraordinary life of renowned music promoter Bill Graham (1931- 1991) who helped launch and promote the careers of countless rock & roll artists.
Named one of the best museum shows of 2017 by the Chicago Tribune, The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) is proud to present this iconic exhibition, 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’s opening weekend will include two major events held at The Florida Holocaust Museum.
The Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution Exhibition Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. The community is invited to celebrate the legacy of rock promoter Bill Graham with his family and friends. This program will feature a panel discussion with those who knew him best, with additional insight about the exhibition. Additionally, attendees will enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres.
On Sunday, August 19 at 2:00 p.m. there will be a panel discussion with Bill Graham’s sons, Alex and David Graham. This program titled Legacy and Remembrance will explore how life lessons that are conveyed by parents and grandparents have profound effect. When those patriarchs and matriarchs endured the Holocaust, those lessons and their legacy have special resonance.
The cost to attend each of these programs is $9 per person for general admission and/or free for Museum members. To attend, please call 727.820.0100 ext. 301 to reserve your space. RSVP is required.
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution is the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of renowned music industry impresario Bill Graham. Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham launched the careers of countless rock & roll legends in the 1960s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium. He conceived rock & roll as a powerful force for supporting humanitarian causes and was instrumental in the production of milestone benefit concerts such as Live Aid (1985) and Human Rights Now! (1988). As a promoter and manager, he worked with iconic artists including the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and the Rolling Stones.
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution also traces the indomitable spirit of a man brought to the United States as an eleven-year-old Jewish refugee fleeing the Nazis, fueling a lifelong passion and advocacy for justice.
Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution opens to the public on August 18, 2018 and will be on display through February 10, 2019 at The Florida Holocaust Museum.
The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
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.
Presented locally by Bank of America, with additional support from the State of Florida
Department of Cultural Affairs and The June Baumgardner Gelbart Foundation.
About The Florida Holocaust Museum
2017 marked a monumental milestone for The Florida Holocaust Museum (The FHM) as the Museum celebrated its 25th Anniversary. One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The FHM honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered of died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. For additional information, please visit www.TheFHM.org.
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