Hard Cover First Edition, National best-seller and winner of the Ralph J. Gleason Music Book Award.
More than an intimate portrait of Bill Graham, My Life Inside Rock and Out chronicles the birth and growing pains of the late twentieth century pop-rock cultural revolution. Told through a hundred voices including friends, musicians, employees, agents and Bill Graham himself, the unique personalities, politics, pressures and pleasures of the era come to life. Graham, a Holocaust survivor transplanted to the streets of New York City, was the visionary who shaped a new partnership between performer and audience, and he managed what would become a billion-dollar, world-wide business from his nerve center in San Francisco. A peripatetic and passionate man, Bill Graham's story is told through the unvarnished comments, recollections and observations of his contemporaries and, in the telling, the history of rock as a musical phenomenon and social force unfolds.