Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock And Out

Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock And Out


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Gritty, moving, funny, and always fascinating, Bill Graham Presents is the inside story of the explosive and unforgettable man who created the business of rock.

As a child, Bill Graham fled Europe to escape Hitler's armies. He grew up on the streets of New York and in the dining rooms of the hotels in the Catskills. After failing as an actor, he headed for San Francisco right before the Summer of Love where he founded the Fillmore and launched the rock icons of a generation--Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, the Grateful Dead, and more. He was a complex, caring, compassionate whirlwind of energy who rock stars either loved or hated.

In his own voice and those of the people who knew him--Jerry Garcia, Keith Richards, Grace Slick, Ken Kesey, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, and Carlos Santana--we hear Bill's story as well as the scoop on the major events in rock for more than three decades, ending with his tragic death in a 1991 helicopter crash.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306813498
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/03/2004
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 534,215
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.62(d)

About the Author

Robert Greenfield is the author of S.T.P.: A Journey Through America with the Rolling Stones and Dark Star: An Oral History of Jerry Garcia.

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Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very informative reccommend it
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the way in which the book is written. Bill writes his version of what's going on and the the next paragraph is written by those he has just spoken of....everyone from Jerry to Santana, Wavy Gravy to Ken Kesey, Keith Richards to Lawrence Ferlenghetti -- all of their views are here as well. Not only are the stories of Bill's creation of the San Fran scene some of the best historical accounts of what went down and how Bill made it all come together, but the story of his childhood/adolescent years is fascinating. To see where he came from and how he made this life for himself is really amazing. Anyone who is interested in 60s/70s culture, the SF music scene, the merry pranksters/acid tests, the rolling stones, and genuinely interesting stories of where some of the greatest musicians got their start will dig this book.