Monday, March 19, 2007

Group seeks to induct Chet Helms into Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Induct Chet Helms Into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Legendary Rock Music Promoter was Instrumental to 60's SF Music Sound

A group of friends and fans of the late music promoter, Chet Helms are trying to draw attention to his legacy when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies take place in NYC. A petition is being circulated at the web site, where names can be placed on the petition. Bill Graham has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Chet Helms also needs to be acknowledged as one of the leaders of modern rock music and the rock music concert. He was also pivotal in creating the "Summer of Love" in 1967.

A 40-year celebration of the Summer of Love will be held in San Francisco in Golden Gate Park on Sept. 2, 2007 at Speedway Meadows. This free event will feature many popular musical guests. Type, "Chet Helms" into the search box on the top of the web site to locate the petition.

A Brief History of Chet Helms:
Chet Helms was one of the founding fathers of the modern rock music concert and also the psychedelic and peace movement of the 1960's. He hitchhiked with the then unknown, Janis Joplin from Texas and brought together Joplin with Big Brother and the Holding Company, which helped shape the San Francisco music "sound" with his Family Dog Production company. Many have said that without Chet Helms and his spirit for the music over money there would be no Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother or many other popular rock bands.

As promoter for "Family Dog Productions", Helms promoted many acts such as Big Brother and the Holding Company, The Grateful Dead, the Charlatans, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Peter Tosh, The Clash and many others. Helms promoted pivotal concerts for over 40 years at such venues as the Avalon Ballroom, Family Dog at the Beach in SF, Golden Gate Park, Denver Dog and the Crystal Ballroom in Portland. He recently produced "A Hepcats Ball" at the Great American Music Hall in SF as a benefit for his friend and SF Oracle Founder, Allen Cohen before his death in 2005.

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