When San Francisco school budget cuts meant an end to extracurricular activities, Bill Graham took action. With the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, The Band, Neil Young, Santana, The Doobie Brothers and others, he staged a benefit concert. It was successful enough to generate a check presented to then Mayor Joseph Alioto large enough to relieve the crisis for one year. Between sets, a parade of role models and heroes came to the stage to speak to the audience. Willie Mays, Joan Baez, Jesse Owens, and Marlon Brando were just a few who participated.
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Michael Zagaris, known as 'the Z-man', offers the performer's eye view in his photography. Zagaris became the Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin; not vicariously but actually. He donned the make-up and ran down the tunnel onto the stage. As an insider in those days, he took photographs of what was, not what one expected to see, and as an insider today he does the same thing for 21st century bands and artists. As team photographer for the San Francisco 49ers, a title he achieved in '73, and for the Oakland A's, Zagaris is sports' inside-out shooter. Ankles taped and knee pad-clad, he's the guy so familiar to the players that they see him as their own.