New York Post, January 15, 2006
New website to feature vintage rock 'n' rarities
A nascent rock memorabilia Web site hopes to raise its profile later this month when it begins streaming rarely seen vintage concert videos from the '60s and '70s.
Videos of Bruce Springsteen's first West Coast concert, in 1978, where he opened for Blood, Sweat & Tears; a young and quite shy Robert Plant fronting Led Zeppelin; Bob Dylan; The Who; Bob Marley; and scores of others will be shown at the site, called Wolfgangsvault.com.
The site, named after Wolfgang Grajonca, the birth name of legendary rock promoter Bill Graham, has been selling concert tickets, original posters, T-shirts, mugs, photos and other authentic items from rock concerts Graham promoted in the '60s and '70s.
The site launched nearly three years ago when businessman Bill Sagan, 55, bought the contents of the Graham estate from Clear Channel Communications Inc. for $5 million.
While customers ranging from college students to 60-year-old baby boomers have been snatching up the original merchandise, the highlight of the Graham collection has to be the videos.
Up until Sagan bought the dusty and poorly inventoried collection, no one even knew the videos existed.
It wasn't until Sagan opened up the hundreds of boxes in a West Coast warehouse that he discovered more than 5,000 of the most "amazing, never-seen-before rock 'n' roll performances of all time."
These videos reveal unseen moments including the legendary 1973 Tanglewood concert with the six greatest rock bands of the era, as well as the Who's last performance with drummer Keith Moon. Then there's the image of Robert Plant, in his early days with Led Zeppelin, uncomfortably small-talking the audience up.
"No one really knew that thousands of these performances were so well-preserved," Sagan admits. "We still don't know how many there are and what exactly they are."
Sagan and his small 14-member staff are in the process of converting these audio and video performances into digital format for their Web radio launch. Because they own the master recordings, they are legally able to stream the music.
By Marina Vataj
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