Sharing The Music

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Thursday, January 07, 2010

We have not spoken much about music the last few months so I thought I might go on and share some internet sites that will bring you some incredible music and all for free.

Bill Graham was the concert promoter all other concert promoters tried to emulate. His concerts are legendary, running shows at both the Fillmore West and East, The Cow Palace in San Francisco, and so many other venues.

It was Bill Graham who worked his magic to put on The Watkins Glen Concert..a one day affair with The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead and the Band.

Mr Graham was born Wolodia Grajonca in Berlin and given the nickname Wolfgang by his family early in his life.

He was a brilliant promoter and he was also a touch mean son of a b**ch. You loved or hated Graham, you did not feel ambvilent about the man.

He left us in 1991 and when he did, he left behind thousands, if not tens of thousands of hours of live music he had collected from his concerts over the years.

The story of Bill Graham will be told in another we just want to bring to your attention that these rare concert tapes as well as many many more are aailable for you to stream at the site WOLFGANG'S VAULT".

The vault is a private music-focused company established in 2002 dedicated to the restoration and archiving of live concert recordings and music memorabilia in order that music fans can access the complete live music experience of the past fifty years. It began with the collection of the late promoter Bill Graham, and added eleven other music and memorabilia archives. It was called " the most important collection of rock memorabilia and recordings ever assembled in one business," by The Wall Street Journal, Dec 13, 2005. All 2500+ concerts are streamed free.

There are selected concerts which you can download and keep forever and the price is normally under $10.00 - about the price of a ticket back in the day...

You are allowed to stream up to 10 hours/month free. There is also a VIP membership, costing $49/year, and you immediately get a $50.00 credit to use on the incredible merchandise for sale...vintage music posters, t-shirts, photos, vintage concert also get to stream as much as you want at 192kbps, a fine sound quality indeed.

And do not think this is just 60's and 70's...they have concerts from 2009 about the one I am listening to now...U2, 1981 California cool, before October was even released!

The site began with the Graham collection and then they bought Crawdaddy the legendary rock magazine and their collection of live videos. You can also read issues of the magazine going back to its inception in the 60's...yes that is Mr. Zimmerman on the cover of issue #4!

They have also bought the rights to Daytrotter...

Daytrotter is the web site for Horseshack Studio in Rock Island, IL. The whole concept is that bands - many indie bands in particular - stop in to the studio and record some tracks live.

Think about your cool radio station, when a band would come in, strap on guitars and a small keyboard and a minimal drum set and just let loose for an hour. This is Daytrotter and there is some wonderful unknown artists there.

X1FM is the latest thing in radio and the internet. Radio on your computer with - on two of its channels at the moment - a live stream from the control room. You can intereact with the DJ...send them a 'text message' which they will respond to...make a request - they will play it.

The live streams are on their alternative channel and their Spanish channel, but you can also stream music from their other channels - classic rock, disco, electronic, 80's hits and 90's hits.

This is Sirius or XM on your computer with live interaction...

Hope we were able to introduce you to some new music venues on your computer....enjoy!

13 Of Your Sparks

  1. Jeff B Says:
  2. Having grown up in the bay area of northern Calif. I remember Bill Graham quite well. Never had any personal interaction with him, but did see a handful of shows he was responsible for promoting.

  3. Unknown Says:
  4. I love Daytrotter.

  5. ...I was born in San Francisco and raised just down the peninsula, back in the day. Believe it or not, the ticket price for three-act shows at Winterland or the Filmore was $3.00!!! (the Cow Palace was rarely used)...and Bill would always mix up the acts, throwing in, say, Buddy Rich on the same bill with Quicksilver Messenger Service and Electric Flag...Ihave been a member of Wolfgang's Vault for some time it! don't have to love Bill Graham, but you sure as hell have to thank him!...

  6. Travis Cody Says:
  7. I had no idea about this sight. Thanks for the tip.

  8. DrillerAA09 Says:
  9. I will definitely be checking this out this week-end. Thanks for the great information.

  10. JEFFB: I always thought how cool it would have been to have lived out there during those days

    JOHNH: I knew you would know of that site...

    PHFRANKIE: True about the ticket prices...I have stubs from concerts like Led Zep at MSG with a face value of $7!
    I did love how Bill would throw together unlike artists to allow people to learn about other genres...I do thank him!

    TRAVIS: Glad to intro you to it..some great stuff

    DRILLERAA: You will enjoy, I am sure

  11. Jay Says:
  12. The only one of those I've checked out is X1FM. It's very cool.

    Also, if you like smooth sounds and the old standards and Vegas greats you cal listen to Martini in the Morning...

    Hmm ... it might have been you who told me about that site Vinny. I can't remember. If it was, good job! ;-)

  13. Ken Says:
  14. By the time I made it to the west coast and met up with the likes of Phfrankie Bondo, those tickets were $4.00 at Winterland and the Filmore had just closed. Still one of the most intense concerts I've been to, was at the Cow Palace to see Loggins and Messina...un-fricken-believable show!

  15. Sad that bill graham died :|

  16. Hi Vinnie, Have I said happy New Year? I remember all those holidays because I went to Catholic school until I escaped and went to City University in the 60s... :)

  17. There is a concert on HBO taped in MSG for the 25th anniversary of the R&R HOF. It is fantastic. Check it out. Happy Neww Year...

  18. Mimi Lenox Says:
  19. **laughing at Mary's 'I went to Catholic school until I escaped'..

    Wow. I am impressed with this post and will surely check it out. Your knowledge of rock 'n roll history always impresses me. You are the perfect person to do the BlogTalk Radio show in February. I'm sure it will be awesome and a piece of cake for you! Bill Graham was a genius.
    Thanks for teaching me something new in music class on the couch today.

    Course ya know I'm pretty good with Flo and Eddie too....just sayin. (grin)

  20. JAY: No, it was not me who told you about that, but I will now check it out

    MICKEY: Hope he paid half for the tickets for you!

    MARY: See they kicked me out after 7th grade!

    BUD: Have already Happy New Year

    MIMI: Ah shucks ma'am you know more music than I ever will - Flo and Eddie Rule


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