Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
Due to popular demand, the exhibition is extended through January 7, 2018!
“A rock story with a human touch throughout…” — Chicago Tribune
Take an electrifying trip through the 1960s-1980s and learn about the extraordinary life and career of rock impresario Bill Graham, the Holocaust refugee who promoted countless music legends—including The Grateful Dead, Santana, and Jimi Hendrix—and produced humanitarian concerts such as Live Aid to raise the consciousness of the world.
Don’t forget to bring your headphones so that you can follow the audio component of the exhibition which featured Bill Graham himself, narrating throughout the experience.
LIVE PERFORMANCE: MR. BLOTTO PAYS TRIBUTE TO BILL GRAHAM
Wednesday, November 29
Join us for an exclusive intimate session with Mr. Blotto. They will play a specially curated set list commemorating the Fillmore East NYE Concerts of the 60’s and 70’s. Holocaust survivor and social justice activist, Bill Graham is responsible for the concept of benefit concerts like Live Aid and helped launch the careers of many classic bands including The Grateful Dead, Crosby Still and Nash, Janis Joplin, Santana and more.
Food will be available for purchase from Grateful Bites; Beer provided by Lagunitas Brewery.
Event partners include Valslist, Munck Music, Mr. Blotto, Lagunitas Brewing and Grateful Bites
Doors open at 5:30
Tour Exhibit 5:45-7:00
Concert at 7:00
$35.00 VIP for front 2 rows of seating
WINTER BREAK PROMOTION: KIDS & STUDENTS VISIT FREE
Tuesday, December 26 – Sunday, January 7
This winter break, kids and students can visit Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, and all other Museum exhibitions free of charge. There must be at least one paid adult present, and the offer can be redeemed by mentioning this Winter Break Promotion at the admissions window at the Museum. This offer does not apply to field trips, group tours, or public programs that require reservations.
More to explore
Chicago’s music all-stars–Arny Granat and Jerry Mickelson (JAM Productions) and Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)–talk about Bill Graham’s legacy. Writer/Producer EDIE TUROVITZ KASTEN, Camera DAVID SEMAN, Editor HARVEY MOSHMAN
The Allman Brothers Band
For the press
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In the News
Chicago Sun-Times | Bill Graham Exhibit Rocks on at Illinois Holocaust Museum
JUF News | Rock-and-Roll Survivor: The Life and Times of Bill Graham
Chicago Tribune | Bill Graham rock and Roll exhibit at the Holocaust Museum is a hit
Sheridan Road | Striking A Chord
Make It Better | Illinois Holocaust Museum Opens ‘Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution’
Chicago Now | Legacy of Legendary Music Promoter Bill Graham Showcased in New Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibition
Album Cover Hall of Fame | Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
Evanston Patch | Photographer Baron Wolman Discusses Bill Graham and “The Rolling Stone Years”
Chicago Now | Exhibit of Legendary Music Promoter Bill Graham at Illinois Holocaust Museum
Third Coast Review | Bill Graham and The Rock and Roll Revolution Comes to Chicago
Style Chicago | Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
Chicago Tonight, WTTW | Bill Graham, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer Who Escaped Nazi Germany
ABC7 Eyewitness News | Bill Graham Exhibit Opens at Illinois Holocaust Museum
WGN 9 | Exhibit Shows Promoter’s Journey from Holocaust Survivor to Rock-and-Roll Legend
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WBEZ Morning Shift
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Listen as Bill talks about his life, from being a hidden child of the Holocaust, to his early days in upstate New York, to the full breadth of his career. Download the link below and bring a pair of headphones to the exhibition to hear Bill’s story in his own words.
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Contributing Sponsors: DUANE MORRIS LLP; Shure Incorporated
Additional Funders: Nicor Gas; Windy City YPO; Nicole and Dan Drexler; First Bank of Highland Park; Mitch and Gladys Greenberg & Family; Susan and David Kalt; Zoberman Family. The Golder Family Foundation is lead sponsor of Illinois Holocaust Museum special exhibitions.
Media Sponsors: Chicago Magazine; WXRT
Public Relations Partner: Creative Marketing Associates
Community Partners: Ogilvy & Mather; Ravinia
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.