Debi van Zyl

Bill Graham


Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution was the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary rock impresario Bill Graham (1931–1991). Recognized as one of the most influential concert promoters in history, Graham launched the careers of countless rock & roll legends in the ’60s at his famed Fillmore Auditorium.

With over 400 objects on display, the exhibition explored the cultural transformations of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s through the lens of rock & roll. Visitors walked through a maze of colorful walls, interacting with multiple listening stations along a path that highlighted Graham's contributions to music through the decades. An exclusive site-specific installation of “The Joshua Light Show,” the trailblazing liquid light show conceived in 1967 by multimedia artist Joshua White, anchored the mid-point of the gallery and exhibition, served as hang-out spot and dance floor.

Bill Graham and the
Rock & Roll Revolution

Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA
May 7, 2015–October 11, 2015