The world has yet to see another musical and cultural hotbed quite like San Francisco in the 1960’s and 70’s. In short time, this small city forever cemented its reputation as a safe haven for free thought, exploration, and diversity — fueled by the birth and rise of an underground music scene. Swept up by this whirlwind of change, few had the opportunity to document the sounds and performances of the revolution. And of the few that did, none captured the moment quite like Alvan Meyerowitz.
From 1971 to 1981, Alvan photographed the best of what Bill Graham brought to San Francisco. Armed with 36 exposures and backstage access, Alvan documented the most influential bands and musicians of his time: The Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, and Bob Dylan to name a few.
A staple at the nightly performances that rocked Winterland, The Fillmore, Bill Graham and other Bay Area venues, the sheer magnitude of Alvan’s work is staggering. Most of which has aged unseen and underappreciated — lost for the last 40 plus years.
At 75 years old, Alvan has only shown a small fraction of his work to the public. His archives are filled with nearly 2200 rolls of unpublished film, highlighting the changes brought by the biggest musical movement of the 20th century. This spring, we’re honored to partner with Alvan as we feature his most inventive work for the next chapter of The Lost & Found Collection.