When concert promoter Bill Graham died in 1991 he left behind not only a legacy as one of the most influential figures in the modern entertainment industry but a massive archive of audio and video recordings from the decades’ worth of shows he had a hand in putting on. The company Wolfgang’s Vault (Graham was born Wulf Wolodia Grajonca and was known as “Wolfgang” before he moved to America to flee the Holocaust) was formed just over a decade ago in order to restore and monetize his collection. Since then it’s acquired even more material, and spun off a paid streaming service called Concert Vault. A few months ago they started bringing some of their hoard over to YouTube under the name Music Vault, where they’ve been slowly posting individual videos for free viewing. Today the whole stash goes live.
Music Vault is launching with over 13 thousand videos spanning over half a century, including iconic performers from the rock era like the Rolling Stones, the Who, James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and the Grateful Dead, along with newer, smaller acts who are heavily influenced by the artists Graham worked with, such as Deer Tick, the Hold Steady, and Fleet Foxes. The platform plans to offer daily features and weekly playlists curated in-house. To give an idea of what it’s all about we dove into the Music Vault archives and put together this playlist of the best material in there, which you can check out after the jump.