In 1968, rock promoter Bill Graham launched the Fillmore East in New York City and the Fillmore West in San Francisco, changing music forever. For three years, every major rock band played the Fillmores, performing legendary shows: Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zeppelin, Cream, the Allman Brothers, and many more. John Glatt tells the story of the Fillmores through the lives of Bill Graham, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Carlos Santana, and an all-star supporting cast. Chronicling the East and West Coast cultures of the late 1960s and early 1970s - New York City with its speed, heroin, and the Velvet Underground versus San Francisco with the LSD-drenched Summer of Love - Glatt reveals how Graham made it all possible. But why did Graham shutter both Fillmores within weeks of each other in 1971, during the height of their popularity? Live at the Fillmore East and West reveals how Graham's claim that "the flowers wilted and the scene changed" was not quite the whole story.
©2014 John Glatt (P)2014 Tantor
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jason S Howell on 07-03-15

great story, narrator a bit grating

can't say anything bad about the book itself. exactly what o had hoped for. the narrator is very sing songy in his reading and it took me a long while to get used to his delivery. a bit too much like he's trying "perform" his reading rather than just telling the story.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Joseph S. Wentz on 27-06-16

Pretty Good Book

You have to keep in mind, this is in 60's & 70's. Boring then good. All you hear about is freaking, Jefferson Airplane... ugghh. I don't care for their music... but they were hugely successful then. You hear very little about Hendrix. But the stuff about, Bill Graham was good. Shows how money, can change you...for the worse. The narrator was okay. Sometimes it could get nerve racking. But then again, this was a different time. Too bad both venues are gone now. A lot musical history there.

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