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Published: 2011/05/05

Presenting: Bill Graham

A photo exhibit focusing on the life of rock promoter Bill Graham opens today in San Francisco. The Lush Life Gallery at the Jazz Heritage Center will host Presenting: Bill Graham, which will run for a month and is free to the public. The images span from Graham’s early days in Germany on through his days as a San Francisco icon. The Bill Graham Memorial Foundation has facilitated the exhibition and explains, “All of the images come from Bill’s family with the exception of some on loan from the extraordinary photographers of the era, and various collectors in the rock and roll community, including Bill’s archivist James Olness. Bill personally had many of these items framed and then determined how they were to be displayed in the Bill Graham Presents offices, venues, and even his homes. Some of these frames either survived the 1985 fire at Bill Graham Presents or were restored following the fire, with a few still showing signs of that event. More than 100 images will be on display; many never before seen by the public.”

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