Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Wolfgang's Vault: SF Music History

This post is basically a heads up for those of you who have not heard of Wolfgang's Vault. Wolfgang's Vault is a business run by the purchaser of (San Francisco concert impresario) Bill Graham's archives. The owner bought all the archives of Bill Graham Presents in 2003, and the website is essentially a site for selling off large amounts of the retail material (shirts, posters, etc.) from that site. Wolfgang is Bill Graham's given name, and so ostensibly the site is a tribute to him.

Now, here's where it gets interesting: in addition to the above mentioned retail items, the archives also contained numerous concert tapes from the BG archives. The owners of Wolfgang's Vault have digitally transferred these (many of them unheard) tapes, and are streaming them for FREE from the Wolfgang's Vault "Concert Vault" site. They add five new shows a week, and there's so great archival material on there. If you're in to 60's and 70's rock, it's simply unbeatable. The only catch is that you need to register, but that's free. Once you register, here are some links to some shows from classic San Francisco venues:

Fillmore Auditorium
Fillmore West
Cow Palace
Oakland Auditorium
Oakland Coliseum

Additionally, I highly recommend checking out Bill Graham's autobiography Bill Graham Presents it's a fascinating read, and a genuine page turner.