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Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

From his early years arriving in America as an orphaned refugee from Nazi Germany to the man who realized rock music's potential for social justice, Bill Graham became an music legend without playing a musical instrument in his career.   

Just some of the artists he promoted and built relationships with: The Grateful Dead. Jefferson Airplane. Janis Joplin. The Allman Brothers. Santana. Jimi Hendrix. The Rolling Stones.

He also played instrumental roles in promoting or organizing The US Festival, Live Aid, and Amnesty International'sHuman Rights Now tour. 

The National Museum of American Jewish History is the only East Coast venue for this exhibiton. 

 Hand-painted VW bus announcing the Bill Graham: Rock & Roll Revolution exhibit.  

Hand-painted VW bus announcing the Bill Graham: Rock & Roll Revolution exhibit.  

 The apple bucket that was set out at every show at the Fillmore West providing free apples to guests.    The NMAJM is keeping this tradition alive in their lobby as you exit.  

The apple bucket that was set out at every show at the Fillmore West providing free apples to guests.  

The NMAJM is keeping this tradition alive in their lobby as you exit.  

 Piece of a guitar smashed by Jimi Hendrix

Piece of a guitar smashed by Jimi Hendrix

 Duane Allman's guitar, used in the recording of the iconic Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore album.  

Duane Allman's guitar, used in the recording of the iconic Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore album.  

 Just a few of the original concert posters from the 60's from venues owned by Bill Graham.  

Just a few of the original concert posters from the 60's from venues owned by Bill Graham.  

 Janis Joplin stage outfit, mic stand, and tambourine across from a Jerry Garcia guitar and Phil Leah bass, celebrating Graham's relationship to two of music's most iconic acts.  

Janis Joplin stage outfit, mic stand, and tambourine across from a Jerry Garcia guitar and Phil Leah bass, celebrating Graham's relationship to two of music's most iconic acts.  

 Guitars of Carlos Santana (left), Pete Townsend (center), and Duane Allman (right).  

Guitars of Carlos Santana (left), Pete Townsend (center), and Duane Allman (right).  

 Concert posters including iconic shows like the closing of the Winterland with the Grateful Dead and The Band's The Last Waltz.  

Concert posters including iconic shows like the closing of the Winterland with the Grateful Dead and The Band's The Last Waltz.  

 The actual letters which made up the sign outside the Fillmore East in New York until its closing in 1971.  

The actual letters which made up the sign outside the Fillmore East in New York until its closing in 1971.  

 One of the costumes worn by Bill Graham during the countdown and celebration at the Grateful Dead's annual New Year's Eve concerts.  

One of the costumes worn by Bill Graham during the countdown and celebration at the Grateful Dead's annual New Year's Eve concerts.  

 Another of the costumes worn by Bill Graham during the countdown and celebration at the Grateful Dead's annual New Year's Eve concerts.  

Another of the costumes worn by Bill Graham during the countdown and celebration at the Grateful Dead's annual New Year's Eve concerts.