On July 16, the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie opened a new exhibit, “Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution,” showcasing the life of a music promoter who not only launched the careers of artists including The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, but also worked as a social justice advocate as a Jewish refugee who fled the Nazis.
The 3,400 square foot exhibition will run through Nov. 12 and features 400 pieces of artifacts, including never-before-seen Jerry Garcia memorabilia, alongside archival concert footage, interviews, photographs, musical instruments, original poster art, and costumes from the 60s through the 80s. It follows Graham’s life from his birth in Berlin, arrival in New York, and military service in the Korean War, through to his career as one of the most important figures in the music industry and death in 1991.
“In the height of music festival season, it offers a truly immersive experience that is a feast for the senses,” says Susan Abrams, museum CEO.
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Manon Blackman is a Make It Better intern and rising senior at Northwestern University, pursuing a dual-degree in journalism and vocal performance. When she’s not in class, you can find her running, experimenting with vegan cooking, and drinking lots of coffee.