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Warren Hellman

F. Warren Hellman (July 25, 1934 – December 18, 2011) was a private equity investor and co-founder of Hellman & Friedman, a multi-billion dollar private equity firm.

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Monte Hellman's lyrical Spaghetti Western 'China 9, Liberty 37' (1978) with Warren Oates and Jenny Agutter is on…
More Warren Oates on blu ray PLEASE!. Monte Hellman's COCKFIGHTER would be awesome! Or CHINA 9 LIBERTY 37!!
Thank you Warren Hellman for giving the gift of music to San Francisco once again! Hardly Strictly Bluegrass...
Steve Earle & The Granddaughters of Warren Hellman on the "band wagon" stage at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2014
Love this photo of Warren Hellman of fame by Mike Melnyk. It's at Freight & Salvage, can be seen at
I got blood on my HSB Warren Hellman shirt. I'm sad...
Dear Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival fans, if you get a chance please go and visit the Warren Hellman memorial...
I really and truly hate the idea of sucking up to the ultra-wealthy, but we do have a lot of them here, and there are dog nuts among them, and if the city can't see taking the beaches back from the GGNRA for financial reasons, then maybe we need a wealthy patron. A Warren Hellman of the dog world so to speak. Yesterday's resolution by the city to oppose the GGNRA's dog plan was a resounding success, but it was symbolic, since the only power we have over them is that of kicking their *** off our lands. They decided not to even show, which says to me that they see no more reason to engage with us. They have us right where they want us. I see not much good about this morning I'm afraid. The pups won't know it though, I promise you. Happy is what they need, and happy is what they'll get.
Many thanks to all who paid a visit to the Warren Hellman museum during our extended festival hours! We're back on our regular schedule now of every Wednesday from 3pm - 7pm... so come on down this afternoon if you can (the museum is located in the alley directly behind Slim's - just look for the sign with the banjos!)
BANJOS AND GUTTER PUNKS - San Francisco, CA When one decides to give back, as the saying goes, you often wonder what are the motives behind these grand gestures. Warren Hellman is a good soldier. For the past seven years this banjo loving 72-year old billionaire has provided the lost generation of tye-dye aficianados weekends of colorful entertainment. It's a time when the not so fortunate and curious seekers bask in Golden Gate Park and...read more
A heartfelt thank you to the belated Warren Hellman. You changed the San Francisco music scene and and have provided a safe, fun and friendly festival of American roots music for millions of lucky people
Special gratitude to a man named Larry- who picked our family out of the crowds and invited us to share his first row/center area so our kids could appreciate the beautiful music. We enjoyed two of my favorite songs, Jackson (Johnny Cash) & Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen) performed by Go to *** Man Clan (family of Warren Hellman) who left quite a legacy- to quote his daughter "He found justice in religion and joy in music." pretty cool.
Somehow already caught ; Felice Brothers; Low; The Evens; Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band; First Aid Kits and next up Calexico and Conor Oberst... And this is just day one- feel guilty this is free! I heart Warren Hellman for this amazing gift every year
The Crooked Road (TCR) recently received a Foundation For Bluegrass Music “Bluegrass Innovator” grant award for 2013. The $2,000 award will assist with the creation of a Traditional Music Artists Roster and implementation of School Assembly Programs through TCR’s Traditional Music Education Program (TMEP). Foundation For Bluegrass Music grants for 2013 have been named in honor of two legendary contributors to the genre, both who passed away in 2012: banjo player Earl Scruggs, a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame; and California event producer Warren Hellman, a recipient of the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award. Qualifying for a grant is a competitive process, and candidates must meet the Foundation’s Grant Application Guidelines. TCR’s grant was one of four grants awarded for 2013.
Jon Langford & His Sadies feat. Sally Timms and Tom Jones and the ghost of Warren Hellman.
As Emmylou Harris walked out on stage Sunday to close the 12th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park, as she has every year, a light ocean breeze picked up, signaling the end of a great musical weekend. "There's no place better to be than Hellman's Hollow," she said to the crowd spread out down on the renamed field once known as Speedway Meadow. "Maybe Warren had something to do with this weather." The spirit of Warren Hellman floated above the festival all weekend. The amateur banjo player, billionaire investment banker and benefactor of the Hardly Strictly Festival died last December at age 77, but he left an endowment to continue his million-dollar bash well into the future. Eighty-eight acts appeared on six stages over three days - from actor John C. Reilly opening the Banjo Stage at noon on Friday with "Muleskinner Blues," to Harris' benedictory performance 55 hours later. Buddy Miller, who serves as the festival's unofficial chief musical collaborator, brought out a crowd dur ...
An amazing day in The City yesterday as the 12th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival kicked off. Free music, Great food, People mingling and sharing thoughts and feelings with their fellow humans. As I get ready for Day 2.a moment of thanks and gratitude to the late Warren Hellman, for his vision, his selflessness, and his generosity to the people of his beloved San Francisco and all of us throughout the world who truly treasure music. Your legacy as a wonderful human being is embedded in history for all of humanity to admire and appreciate. Note to the rest of those who accumulate wealth and separate themselves from the rest of humanity: these are the ideas that bring us all together. As for the Koch Bros. and Sheldon Adelson who has spent over 75 million dollars trying to elect a misguided individual as our President.none of you could carry Warren Hellman's shoes...
This year will be the first Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival missing the presence of Warren Hellman, the late...
The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival enters its 12th year, but marks the first without its founder, venture capitalist Warren Hellman, who died in December 2011.
Warren Hellman a venture capitalist who put his money where his mouth was. Not all rich people are bad greedy people. Warren, thanks for the legacy you have left for music. Looking forward to this weekend!
Only 4 weeks until Hardly Strictly Bluegrass returns to Golden Gate Park! (We'll all miss Warren Hellman, Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson this year.)
Dwight Yoakam at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass this year! What a great tribute to the 4 fallen heroes this past year... Warren Hellman, earle Scruggs, Doc Watson and Hazel Dickens... RIP. This year's gonna be amazing!
Greg Cahill joins us July 31 @ 9am to chat about grants to honor innovators Earl Scruggs and Warren Hellman.
Foundation for Bluegrass Music grants to honour Earl Scruggs and Warren Hellman - deadline 15 Aug. 2012
The Foundation for Bluegrass Music Announces Grants to Honor Bluegrass Music Innovators • • "The world of Bluegrass Music lost two very important innovators in 2011 and 2012, Mr. Warren Hellman and Mr. Earl Scruggs. The Foundation for Bluegrass Music will be funding grants in their honor this year and has set August 15, 2012 as the deadline to apply for these resources."
(from a post on YT) Colleen Browne on vocals and Heidi Claire on vocals/fiddle, are members of Warren Hellman's bluegrass group the Wronglers. Heidi flew in f…
Checking out "Warren Hellman - Wrongler, Philanthropist, Founder of Hardly Str" on
Warren Hellman, founder of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, dead at 77
R.I.P. Warren Hellman, SF philanthropist and founder of Hardly Strictly Bluegrass.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Fest 2011...The Lineup Is Awesome: This is the year that cements Warren Hellman, creator...
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