Bill Graham's Sons Sue Over Lost Dylan, Aretha, and Stones Posters

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Legendary local concert promoter Bill Graham's sons are suing the man left in charge of his estate for allegedly selling valuable music memorabilia without informing them, the Chron reports.

The suit concerns 100 sets of posters advertising shows by the Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and Bob Dylan, along with scrapbooks and other memorabilia that documented years of local music.

David Graham and Alexander Graham-Sult say that Nicholas Clainos, the former president of the senior Graham's promotion company and the executor of his estate, cheated them out of the value of the works by selling them without telling the sons, according to the SF Chronicle.

Graham was a key figure in Bay Area music from the mid-1960s until he died in a helicopter accident in 1991. He booked the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and other bands at S.F. venues like the Fillmore, helped build Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, and brought world-famous artists to perform in the Bay Area.

Graham's sons didn't give a dollar value of the sold items. Court documents said they found records of the documents' sale in boxes that were meant to be destroyed.

[via SF Gate]

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