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Wolfgang's Vault is a private music-focused company established in 2003 dedicated to the restoration and archiving of live concert recordings in audio and video format and the sale of music memorabilia. It began with the collection of the late promoter Bill Graham, and added multiple other music and memorabilia archives. It was called "the most important collection of rock memorabilia and recordings ever assembled in one business," by The Wall Street Journal, Dec 13, 2005.
The name Wolfgang's Vault is inspired by Wolodia "Wolfgang" Grajonca, known widely as Bill Graham. Born Wolodia Grajonca in Berlin in 1931, he escaped Nazi Germany to grow up in a foster home in the Bronx and anglicized his name at the age of 18. His later work as a music promoter is what inspired Wolfgang's Vault.
The company launched its website in November 2003. Later that year, Wolfgang’s Vault released the BG Archive photography collection, and subsequently added collections called "vaults" for: vintage poster art, rock clothing, vintage audio concert recordings. The Video Vault was added in 2011. On August 7, 2012, Wolfgang's Vault announced to its free streaming service users, via email, that it is converting to a subscription based model on August 8, 2012.
Beginning in the late ‘60s, Graham recorded thousands of performances, which he stored on tapes in the basement of the Bill Graham Presents headquarters. Bill Sagan acquired these archives in 2003, and had the tapes restored and digitized for presentation on the Concert Vault of audio recordings. In February 2006, Wolfgang’s Vault launched Vault Radio to allow fans of the music to hear some of these recordings. In an article about Vault Radio, the Washington Times noted “lovers of classic rock will not find a better historical source for their favorite music anywhere on the Internet.”
In August 2012, the music archive became its own site, Concert Vault, hosting thousands of video and audio recordings and boasting the largest online archive of live music recordings. The membership based site includes a free trial period and provides paid members 2 free downloads hand-picked by the editors every week.
Radio France's "Un Jour Sur La Toile" named Wolfgang's Vault their #1 website of the year 2008.
- Wolfgang's Vault bought Crawdaddy! in 2006, and relaunched it in 2007, and relocated it in August 2011 to a blog at the newly acquired Paste magazine.
- Wolfgang's Vault bought a majority stake in Daytrotter in 2008.
- Wolfgang's Vault bought the Ash Grove (music club) blues archive in 2009.
- Wolfgang's Vault bought the Newport Jazz and Newport Folk Festival archives in 2010.
- Wolfgang's Vault bought Paste magazine in 2011.
- Bill Graham Archives v. Dorling Kindersley, Ltd., 448 F.3d 605 (2d Cir. 2006)