Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out

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Da Capo Press, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 568 pages
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As a child, Bill Graham fled Europe to escape Hitler's armies. He grew up on the streets of New York and in the dining rooms of the hotels in the Catskills. After failing as an actor, he headed for San Francisco right before the Summer of Love where he founded the Fillmore and launched the rock icons of a generation--Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Jefferson Airplane, Cream, the Grateful Dead, and more. He was a complex, caring, compassionate whirlwind of energy who rock stars either loved--or hated.In his own voice and those of the people who knew him--Jerry Garcia, Keith Richards, Grace Slick, Ken Kesey, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, and Carlos Santana--we hear Bill's story as well as the scoop on the major events in rock for more than three decades, ending with his tragic death in a 1991 helicopter crash. Gritty, moving, funny, and always fascinating, Bill Graham Presents is the inside story of the explosive and unforgettable man who created the business of rock.

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Review: Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock And Out

User Review  - Kevin A. - Goodreads

The most interesting part of the book takes place before he reached San Francisco, fleeing Hitler, making his way through a foreign culture pretty much on his own. The rock years are good, too. Glad he wrote this before his untimely demise. Read full review

Review: Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock And Out

User Review  - Dean - Goodreads

Very interesting look at the live music industry in the 60s - 90s from an insider's perspective. Just as interesting (and dramatic) is the story of Graham's life - a great tale of a self-made man. If ... Read full review

About the author (1992)

An award-winning journalist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, and former associate editor of the London bureau of Rolling Stone", Robert Greenfield is the author of nine books of fiction and nonfiction, among them the classic STP: A Journey Through America With the Rolling Stones", and critically acclaimed biographies of Jerry Garcia, Timothy Leary, and Bill Graham. He lives in Carmel, California.

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