Five Shocking Claims About Bill Graham From Rock Promoter Barry Fey's New Memoir, Backstage Past

In the late '60s, Barry Fey became of one of America's biggest rock music promoters. He says he was the first to book Led Zeppelin in this country, and claims to have sold more concert tickets than any other independent promoter in history. The Denver-based Fey is out of the live music game now, but he recently released Backstage Past, a tell-all memoir detailing his experiences in the industry.

The book contains stories about Fey's dealings with such megastars as the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, and Ozzy Osbourne. But it also has a wild, seething chapter about Fey's tumultuous relationship with the influential Bay Area concert promoter Bill Graham. Below, we've rounded up five of Fey's most shocking stories about Graham. We can't vouch for the veracity of stories from a man who claims he once tried to have Graham killed. But everything below is alleged by Fey in the book.

1. Bill Graham did crack, according to Fey.

He says Graham phoned him after taking the drug for the first and only time, and that Graham called the experience “the greatest 15 minutes of my life.”

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