Learn Promoter Bill Graham's Surprising Story at a New Exhibit on His Life and Work

He was born to Jewish parents in 1930s Germany, escaped the Holocaust to New York City (his mother died at Auschwitz), and later moved to San Francisco, where he helped foster a historic and still-thriving rock 'n' roll scene. So there's pretty much no disputing that concert promoter and music impresario Bill Graham lived an extraordinary life — even if he did have a healthy group of detractors by the time of his death in 1991.

It's that rich arc of Graham's story — from orphaned WWII refugee to unrivaled live music magnate — that a new exhibit of photographs, artwork, and memorabilia aims to capture. It opens tomorrow at the Lush Life Gallery at San Francisco's Jazz Heritage Center, which is only steps from the Fillmore Auditorium, the concert venue where Graham — and countless local and nonlocal bands — would become famous.

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