From the mid 60’s until his death in a helicopter crash in 1991, Bill Graham was at the center of the Bay Area’s rock and roll scene, producing nearly every significant rock concert in the region including The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendix, Pink Floyd and The Who. Now he’s at the center of the new exhibit, “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution,” which explores Graham’s life from his childhood as a German Jewish refugee to his role as a prolific rock promoter. We’ll discuss the exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and explore Graham’s lasting impact on the music scene.

Bill Graham and the ‘Rock & Roll Revolution’ 4 May,2016Natalie Yemenidjian

Alex Graham, Bill Graham's son
Bob Barsotti, President, Bill Graham Memorial Foundation; worked as a producer with Bill Graham for 30 years
Bonnie Simmons, Executive director, Bill Graham Memorial Foundation
Lori Starr, Executive director, The Contemporary Jewish Museum


Michael Krasny

Michael Krasny, PhD, has been in broadcast journalism since 1983. He was with ABC in both radio and television and migrated to public broadcasting in 1993. He has been Professor of English at San Francisco State University and also taught at Stanford, the University of San Francisco and the University of California, as well as in the Fulbright International Institutes. A veteran interviewer for the nationally broadcast City Arts and Lectures, he is the author of a number of books, including “Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life” (Stanford University Press) “Spiritual Envy” (New World); “Sound Ideas” (with M.E. Sokolik/ McGraw-Hill); “Let There Be Laughter” (Harper-Collins) as well as the twenty-four lecture series in DVD, audio and book, “Short Story Masterpieces” (The Teaching Company). He has interviewed many of the world’s leading political, cultural, literary, science and technology figures, as well as major figures from the world of entertainment. He is the recipient of many awards and honors including the S.Y. Agnon Medal for Intellectual Achievement; The Eugene Block Award for Human Rights Journalism; the James Madison Freedom of Information Award; the Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; Career Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and an award from the Radio and Television News Directors Association. He holds a B.A. (cum laude) and M.A. from Ohio University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.

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