Bill Graham:

The Mysterious Death of the ‘Mayor of the Fillmore’

August 1, 2016  •  Nicole Meldahl

Fifty years ago today, August first 2016, businessman and music promoter Charles Sullivan died in San Francisco. His death remains a significant and controversial mystery. However, what is undeniable is that Sullivan played a critical role in San Francisco’s cultural life during the mid-1960s and paved the way for some of the most significant music events in California history. Learn More →

Inside Outside: on the Significance of the Trips Festival

January 27, 2016  •  Michael Kramer

What do we make of an event now, fifty years to the day from when it occurred? At the Trips Festival, we see older beatnik artsy modes of happenings and installation art dying to their corpses indeed, and what would become, with Bill Graham at the helm, the modern rock music concert industry, emerging. Learn More →

On this day in 1966 Ken Kesey in Union Square promoting the Trips Festival

January 20, 2016  •  Jason Herrington

Ken Kesey and others pulled up to Union Square to promote the Trips Festival – organized by Kesey, Stewart Brand, Ramon Sender and Bill Graham at the Longshoreman’s Hall between January 21-23 1966. KRON-TV was on hand to document the promotional event, and the original footage can be seen online courtesy of the San Francisco Bay Area Television Archive. View the incredible original footage here. Learn More →