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Bill Graham
Bill Graham, Concert Promoter

October 25th, 2001 was the 10th anniversary of Bill's passing. We owe it to Bill for the San Francisco music venues we hold dear, and the phenomenon that he invented, a Rock Concert. Bill's vision was to create a space where people could gather and enjoy music and performance art in a safe, comfortable, and creative setting. Bill was as much a fan of the music and art of his generation as the people that patroned the venues he created throughout his career, from his first, the Fillmore Auditorium, to one of his last, The Shoreline Amphitheatre.

"My philosophy has always been, 'How would I want to be treated if I bought a ticket?' Everything evolves from there."     -Bill Graham

"Bill changed the way rock evolved. Without him, I would not be here."     - Pete Townshend

"He was one of us and one of them."     -Grace Slick

"Concert promoter and artist manager Bill Graham forever changed the way rock and roll is presented. He provided the business and organizational acumen that allowed the anarchic San Francisco scene of the mid-to-late Sixties to flower in venues such as the Fillmore, a dilapidated auditorium that Graham transformed into a tightly run concert hall beginning in late 1966. There, Graham booked such mainstays of the psychedelic era as Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company and Quicksilver Messenger Service. In 1968, Graham moved the Fillmore into another old dance hall (the Carousel Ballroom, rechristened Fillmore West) and opened Fillmore East in New York. Subsequently, he took over Winterland, another San Francisco concert venue, and branched into band management and tour promotion. A high percentage of the most significant pop-music events of the last thirty years have been produced under the banner "Bill Graham Presents." Among other things, Graham brought a new standard of professionalism to the business. "
     -The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Bill at the Fillmore

The Bill Graham Foundation

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