Scenes From Florida Holocaust Museum’s Latest Exhibit, Featuring Legendary Rock Promoter Bill Graham

A photograph of The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison and a Doors, Joshua Light Show, and Ars Nova concert poster from the Fillmore East concert venue, New York City, 1968, are part of the exhibition. (Scott Keeler, Tampa Bay Times)
A photograph of The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison and a Doors, Joshua Light Show, and Ars Nova concert poster from the Fillmore East concert venue, New York City, 1968, are part of the exhibition. (Scott Keeler, Tampa Bay Times)

He actively shaped San Francisco’s late-’60s radical hippie movement; vintage posters and photographs detail his involvement with countercultural forces like Dr. Timothy Leary and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.

The apples in the barrel aren’t real. Even if they were, you couldn’t just grab one and munch it, like Jimi and Jerry and Janis likely did decades ago.

But rest assured, it is the very same wood and tin barrel, the one that sat by the door of San Francisco’s famed Fillmore Auditorium, ground zero for the rise of legendary concert promoter Bill Graham. It now greets patrons at "Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution," an expansive exhibit opening Saturday at the Florida Holocaust Museum.

“Bill Graham” is a very different kind of exhibit for the Holocaust Museum, almost certainly its most pop-culture-focused ever. —Jay Cridlin, Tampa Bay Times

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