It was forty five years ago this month that Bill Graham opened the Fillmore East on Second Avenue. Though the venue only existed for a couple of years from 1968 to 1971, the Fillmore East had an outsized impact on the history of music in New York and imagination of those who experienced it and those who wish they did.
Another way the venue had an impact was the incredible art produced to promote concerts. You can view an extensive gallery of art at Wolfgang’s Vault — named after Bill Graham himself (born Wolfgang Grajonca in Berlin in 1931). Though a commercial site, it offers a great opportunity to admire the psychedelic imagery that defined a generation, as well as one of the most notable music venues in the East Village.
The former site of the Fillmore East was included in the recently landmarked East Village/Lower East Side Historic District.