Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution (March 17-July 5)

WCS Members tickets at half price.

The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco is hosting a special exhibition of the life of Bill Graham, one of the most revered names in the music industry. The Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution explores the life of Bill Graham (1931–1991) from his childhood as a German Jewish refugee to his pivotal role in making rock music a multi-billion dollar global industry. The exhibition looks at his immense success as a rock promoter and his pioneering work behind the scenes to use rock music to raise consciousness and deliver aid to those in need.

"For three decades Bill Graham ruled live Rock & Roll. It wasn't simply that he was on a first name basis with just about every important rock star, he was one of the few people in the music business who could hold his own with any of them and who, in his own right, was their equal. Graham didn't simply stage thousands of rock concerts, that was business as usual for his skilled organization. He really earned his reputation by putting together extraordinary benefits and rock events on almost a yearly basis. — Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, December,1991

Bill Graham passed away in a tragic accident in 1991.  His legacy lives on through the Bill Graham Foundation.  

There are some special gallery chats included in the entrance fees, bringing stories to life about Bill Graham and his work 

APRIL 1st:
Velina Brown of the San Francisco Mime Troupe shares the history of the iconic political theater. Bill Graham’s first concert at the Fillmore was for The San Francisco Mime Troupe. 

Velina Brown is an award winning actress, singer/songwriter, and director whose artistic home for the past 20 years has been with the Tony and Obie award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe. Velina’s specialty is collaborating on new work and work with a social consciousness that informs and inspires as well as entertains.

APRIL 15th:
“Mistress of Design” Arlene Owseichik, Creative Director and poster artist for Bill Graham Presents, talks about the art and artists behind the legendary Fillmore posters. 

For twenty years, Arlene Owseichik was art director and creative director for Bill Graham Presents where she created or helped with close to 1,000 commemorative posters for The Fillmore and all the BGP venues—posters renowned in the music and art communities.

APRIL 29th: 
Dr. Vitka Eisen, CEO of HealthRIGHT 360, discusses the history of Bill Graham’s instrumental role in supporting the development of “Rock Med” and the early efforts of the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics

Dr. Vitka Eisen is the Chief Executive Officer of HealthRIGHT 360, and has over 24 years of experience in the human services field, and a lifelong commitment to supporting people and communities struggling with addiction and incarceration. For over four decades, the programs of Walden House have been providing behavioral health services to those in need. They work with clients to match them with effective treatment within a continuum of care that includes residential treatment, outpatient programs, and in-custody services.

JUNE 3rd: 
Rabbi Langer from Chabad of SF discusses the Bill Graham Menorah Project.  In 1975, the Lubavitch Rabbis and Zev Putterman approached Bill Graham to create the first public menorah lighting outside Israel. This 22-foot menorah still burns every Hanukkah in Union Square. 

Tickets are $12 per person with special rates for WCS Members.  Be sure to share the news with  your social media: #BillGrahamCJM