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    Re: Exhibiting the Bill Graham Revolution: Alex and David Graham on their Fatherís Im


    A bit weird, no 'black' artists mentioned?
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    Re: Exhibiting the Bill Graham Revolution: Alex and David Graham on their Fatherís Im

    Quote Originally Posted by stplsd View Post
    A bit weird, no 'black' artists mentioned?
    ... maybe not : "... and his close relationships with artists such as the Grateful Dead,The Rolling Stones, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana and The Who."

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    The operative word here being "close". There is a Mexican mentioned.
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    Re: Exhibiting the Bill Graham Revolution: Alex and David Graham on their Fatherís Im

    Talk about missed opportunities !!!

    Alex and David neglected a very important aspect of (their dad) BG's promoting style ,exposing all us "stoned hippies" to more music out there than just the Airplane, Grateful Dead,Janis ,Santana et al along w/ a few big & up and coming British bands

    No other rock promoter ,in my memory , booked Miles Davis ,Roland Kirk,Charles Lloyd, King Curtis ,Ornette Coleman (among others) in their venues and especially WITH a rock band on the bill.Would Miles have recorded "psychedelic" Bitches Brew for the Jazz purists/Newport & Monterey Jazz Fest crowd ?

    I believe these artists agreed to play both Fillmores because BG provided a "sophisticated audience open to new music" and who provided quality sound/lights/lodging /food/$ etc.
    (safe harbor)
    Pretty sure if any racist audience member had a problem with a non rock, black performer at a Fillmore performance , BG would have refunded their ticket price $(6.00) , & personally escorted them out to the curb

    There was also a Sunday night JAZZ program at Fillmore East , again mixing races but exclusively Jazz.

    We owe a lot to BG as far as the development of rock shows and creative booking.

    Of course when the big $$ became a problem BG stepped aside to do special shows like Day on Green,Stones etc.

    So yes, providing a few posters /handbills/tickets showing BG's diverse booking style would have been welcome,informative and far more balanced.

    Rest in Peace BG
    You are missed ,big time.

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    Re: Exhibiting the Bill Graham Revolution: Alex and David Graham on their Fatherís Im

    Quote Originally Posted by billo528 View Post
    Talk about missed opportunities !!! ... No other rock promoter ,in my memory , booked Miles Davis ,Roland Kirk,Charles Lloyd, King Curtis ,Ornette Coleman (among others) ...
    Great point. Buddy Rich was 'among others' (although not 'black'). Cannot recall if it was Rich's or Graham's autobiography regarding Grahams's distaste for rock drum solo's. Typically he would book Rich to perform before the headliner rock acts and there would be no rock drum solo's. I also recall Rich did one of these solo's with only two bass drums.

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    Re: Exhibiting the Bill Graham Revolution: Alex and David Graham on their Fatherís Im

    Quote Originally Posted by MourningStar View Post
    The operative word here being "close". ...
    I also read Graham's autobio. A very, very rough life, my take is he had few 'close' friends, and being white, German and Judaist by birth, well ...

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