"If I hadn't done it, someone else would have. …once we were going to do it, we wanted to do it right. …"
By the early 70's rock bands were burned out from the road. Performers wanted to travel less and make money faster.
Bill Graham's Day on the Green concerts were the first prototypes of "festival" shows - multi performer sets in stadium settings. Staged on the lawn of the Oakland Coliseum, the Day on the Green concerts were a summer series started in 1973 that continued until shortly after Graham's death in 1991.
"That was why I came up with the name "Day on the Green". I wanted to make these events special. I wanted to create giant outdoor sets so the bands would be going into a space that was like a theater piece."
Bill Graham knew that the rock concerts BGP staged were unique events and by the early 1970s regularly assigned staff photographers to range the venues and capture the scenes on film. We are now pleased to present them to you as our Concert Photos collection. Incredible, slice-of-life portraits of the performers and crowds that freeze-frame an era, our Concert Photos are archival quality and are available in 11x14 and 16x20 prints (more sizes upon special request).
Wolfgang's Vault also licenses the use of our Concert Photos to television, film and other agencies for advertising and other purposes. Please contact us for more information.