March 8: Fillmore East

Posted on March 8, 2010

Bill Graham opened the Fillmore East in New York’s East Village on this day in 1968 with a concert that featured Big Brother and the Holding Company (Janis Joplin), Albert King, and Tim Buckley. Graham (Wolodia Grajonca) was given to a Berlin orphanage at age 8 by his Russian mother in Nazi Germany. He was spirited to France, and then to the U.S. in 1941 as part of HIAS’s “One Thousand Children” kindertransport (the only unaccompanied children rescued from the Holocaust by the U.S.).

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