Rock the Kasbah – Bill Murray

I am excited that the new Bill Murray film, Rock the Kasbah, will release to movie theatres on October 23rd. My interest has built since I first saw the trailer. According to Bill Murray he modeled his role on two legendary concert promoters, Ron Delsener and the late Bill Graham.

I met Ron Delsener at the last King Crimson concert, July 1, 1974 at the Schaeffer Music Festival in Central Park. He was very personable with me that day. I still have his business card he gave me as we discussed the possibility of a future interview (never materialized, unfortunately).

I have noticed that the movie hasn’t been getting great reviews but I don’t base my movie choice primarily on what the movie critics report.

Here’s the trailer:

 

“Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution”

I’m thinking strongly about attending the Bill Graham museum exhibition later this year at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. It starts May 7th and runs through October 11th, 2015.

Bill Graham, ca. 1972; © Baron Wolman, courtesy of Photofest

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6436350/grateful-dead-bill-graham-museum-exhibit

I place a significance on the live concert experience. I thank Bill Graham for formulating live music as an art form. Many music promoters follow in his footsteps with the venues they manage, the fans they cater to and the artists they present to use live in person. But none will ever equal his achievements to the art of presenting live music and supporting humanitarian causes on a macro scale.

Through rock memorabilia, photographs, ephemera, and psychedelic art in the form of the iconic Fillmore concert posters,Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution explores the momentous cultural transformations of the 1960s–1980s through the lens of rock & roll. The year 2015 marks the thirtieth anniversary of Live Aid and the fiftieth anniversary of Graham’s first-ever concert, as well as the Grateful Dead’s live début. Commemorate these events by celebrating a true pioneer who helped revolutionize rock into the global industry it is today.

Live at the Fillmore East & West – John Glatt

I peer inside the hallowed halls of The Fillmore East and The Fillmore West, musing about the unique concert stories each bedrock music venue can unearth. Thankfully these sacred tales and more have been brought to light by author John Glatt in his new book, Live at the Fillmore East and West: Getting Backstage and Personal with Rock’s Greatest Legend

John Glatt’s book begins with a foreword by Joshua White who founded the legendary Joshua Light Show. The rock music history that unfolded had a unique illuminated art as its backdrop from the art of Joshua White and his team. I was fortunate to witness this light show at The Fillmore East in June of 1969 at a Jeff Beck Group show I have written about on this blog.

Should you wish to know more about the Joshua Light Show and the team that provided the lighting I refer you to the book, Live at the Fillmore East A Photographic Memoir by Amalie R. Rothschild.

I view John Glatt’s book as a companion piece to Amalie’s publication. If you combine John Glatt’s first book, Rage & Roll : Bill Graham and the Selling of Rock with Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock And Out by Bill Graham and Robert Greenfield you will own the definitive core knowledge that laid the foundation for the art form of the rock music concert.

I am eager to acquire John Glatt’s books to add them to my rock music concert library. I am certain his books will be a valuable read of depth and insight. These books are certain to provide invaluable knowledge about how Bill Graham conducted business with the famous rock musicians in the day.

Will You Welcome From My Heart, Santana

Ten years ago I was in the midst of purchasing every album in the Santana catalogue for my music collection. It’s very rare that I collect every commercial recording by an artist. When I purchased the Santana album, Milagro I discovered how pivotal this recording was in Carlos Santana’s evolutionary growth.

Cover of "Milagro"

Milagro was dedicated to the lives of Bill Graham and Miles Davis, two instrumental figures to Carlos Santana.

Here is Bill Graham’s introduction of Santana:

Good evening, thank you for being with us. Welcome to a very, very special occasion. Some years ago some of us heard and felt a very special sound, about the joy of loving, the joy of giving and thank God it’s with us this evening. Will you welcome from my heart, Santana.

 

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San Francisco Music and Art Scene – R. Crumb, Jim Marshall, and Stanley Mouse

I was thinking about San Francisco today.I often transport myself there.  The music I played in the car today was recorded in San Francisco at Bill Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium in 1968, Cheap Thrills, Big Brother & The Holding CompanyThe album cover was drawn by underground cartoonist, R. Crumb. The liner notes for the remastered edition has photographs by the late Jim Marshall.

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I was browsing my Facebook stream this afternoon when I happened upon a very cool picture posted by Robert Altman.

There was a photo from a 1985 book on the San Francisco music scene of famed poster artist Stanley Mouse taken by the great rock photographer Jim Marshall. The copy of this book is from autograph collecter Matt Tadevich. Mouse took the time to add his touch.

I love the synergy of San Francisco’s music, Janis and Big Brother, Bill Graham, R. Crumb, Stanley Mouse, Robert Altman and Jim Marshall, who figures in both references.

Bill Graham’s 81st Birthday Bash

I wish we lived in the San Francisco area. I would attend this concert at The Fillmore. Bill Graham’s legacy as a concert promoter and an activist/humanitarian can still be felt with great power and light. I am thankful that the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation keeps his vision alive.

I’ll be there in spirit. I am going to dig down deep and make a contribution to the Bill Graham Memorial Foundation. It’s a worthy cause to support.

You can get this Bill Graham Bobblehead doll for any donation of $50 or more. Click  here to give.

Bill Graham Bobblehead

Rock Music Photographers, A-Z, Graham Nash

Graham Nash is a best known as a singer and songwriter. He has pursued a parallel career as a photographer, collector, and digital imaging pioneer.

His photography book, Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash was curated into an exhibit at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, Washington 2010 http://www.empsfm.org/exhibitions/index.asp?articleID=1422#photos

© GRAHAM NASH, 1970
© GRAHAM NASH, 1972
© GRAHAM NASH, 1972