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Unlocking Rock Music History

Wolfgang’s Vault founder Bill Sagan to talk about an extraordinary business venture

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October 14, 2011 | by Wendy Leopold

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Bill Sagan, the founder of Wolfgang’s Vault -- among the most important collections of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia and live audio and video recordings in a single business -- will speak at Northwestern University at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20.

In “Unlocking Rock Music History in Wolfgang’s Vault,” Sagan will discuss his business venture and how the Vault’s contents are shared online with the world. The free and public event takes place at McCormick Tribune Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, on the Evanston campus. 

A Northwestern University Trustee, Sagan, in the early 2000s, acquired the archives of legendary concert promoter Bill Graham. To Sagan’s surprise, the treasure trove of vintage rock T-shirts, posters, tickets and photographs included more than 5,000 audio and video recordings from 1966 to 1999 and from Bob Dylan to Nirvana.

Shoppers can purchase much of the memorabilia on the Web and stream some of the recordings in the Vault, which now includes Daytrotter.com and Crawdaddy and Paste magazines.

Sagan’s lecture is presented by Northwestern University Library Board of Governors. For further information, contact (847) 467-5918. For more about Wolfgang’s Vault, visit http://www.northwestern.edu/magazine/fall2010/feature/wolfgangs_vault.html.

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