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.



Exhibition-Related Programs


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
Tickets $25.00
$35.00 VIP for front 2 rows of seating






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.



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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

Click here to access downloadable photos, FAQs, press releases, and more.

In the News


Chicago Sun-Times | Bill Graham Exhibit Rocks on at Illinois Holocaust Museum
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JUF News | Rock-and-Roll Survivor: The Life and Times of Bill Graham
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Chicago Tribune | Bill Graham rock and Roll exhibit at the Holocaust Museum is a hit
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Sheridan Road | Striking A Chord
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Make It Better | Illinois Holocaust Museum Opens ‘Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution’
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Chicago Now | Legacy of Legendary Music Promoter Bill Graham Showcased in New Illinois Holocaust Museum Exhibition
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Album Cover Hall of Fame | Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
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Evanston Patch | Photographer Baron Wolman Discusses Bill Graham and “The Rolling Stone Years”
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Chicago Now | Exhibit of Legendary Music Promoter Bill Graham at Illinois Holocaust Museum
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Third Coast Review | Bill Graham and The Rock and Roll Revolution Comes to Chicago
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Style Chicago | Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution
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Chicago Tonight, WTTW | Bill Graham, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer Who Escaped Nazi Germany
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ABC7 Eyewitness News | Bill Graham Exhibit Opens at Illinois Holocaust Museum
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WGN 9 | Exhibit Shows Promoter’s Journey from Holocaust Survivor to Rock-and-Roll Legend
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Sirott and Murciano
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WBEZ Morning Shift
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WXRT 93.1 FM  (Radio Sponsor)
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WDRV 97.1 FM
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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.
Listen to the tour>





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.


The Illinois Holocaust Museum’s presentation is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.



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