He Got Down and Started Trying to Fix My Guitar
Graham had produced a benefit for a radical theatrical troupe and was invited to help coordinate the Trips Festival. He was the guy running around looking straight. I mean, he had this V-necked sweater and this clipboard and some sort of illusion of order in the middle of total madness. We played a set, we were real high and split, and we came back a little later. My guitar had been on stage. I looked at it, and the bridge was broken off, the strings were all flapping around, the whole thing was wrecked and I was sitting there looking at it, and Graham says, “What’s going on?” And I said, “Well, my guitar is broken:’ And he looked at it and right away he got down and started trying to fix it. I was standing there stoned out of my head and there was Bill feverishly fumbling around with my guitar, and I just felt like, “Wow, this poor guy, what a great guy he really is, trying to fix my guitar in the middle of all this weirdness. -Garcia
Backstage at Day on the Green, probably 1976, my son Creek Hart has the ball while Bill Graham figures out his next move. If you know the other people in this shot, leave us a comment.
Mountain Girl & Jerry on Thanksgiving at Bill Graham’s house. I think this was 1977, the same year Mickey & I gave Bill a turkey from our flock at the ranch. That story and the photo of Mickey delivering it live to Bill’s office will be on a future page.
Bill and his second son, Alexander waiting for Thanksgiving dinner. Right before I took this shot, the GD guys were hassling Bill because dinner had been delayed. It was the first time Marsha, Alexander’s Mom, had cooked a big dinner for so many. Bill shouted, MARSHA, I have a right to know…WHEN’S dinner!!! Then I took my shot… -Jerilyn
Bill’s son, Alexander, Zohn Artman, his godfather and Marsha his Mom, on that wonderful Thanksgiving we shared. Zohn was an amazing man of many talents who worked magic for Bill Graham Presents and went on to work for the GD after Bill died suddenly in a helicopter crash in 1991.
Photo Credits: All – Jerilyn Lee Brandelius