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Finding Aid to the Savoy Tivoli scrapbook. 1976-1980 SFH 664
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  • Contributing Institution: San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library
    100 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 557-4557
    Title: Savoy Tivoli scrapbook
    Identifier/Call Number: SFH 664
    Physical Description: 1 scrapbook (.5 Cubic Feet)
    Date (inclusive): 1976-1980
    Date (bulk): 1979
    Abstract: Scrapbook documenting the Savoy Tivoli, a bar and music venue in San Francisco's North Beach neighborhood in 1979. Scrapbook contains copies of newspaper clippings and fliers for jazz, reggae, and punk bands. The Savoy Tivoli is a bar, restaurant and venue on Grant Street in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco.
    Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Collection materials are in English.
    Container: Box 1

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is available for use during San Francisco History Center hours.Collections that are stored offsite should be requested 48 hours in advance.

    Publication Rights

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the City Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library as the owner of the physical items.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Savoy Tivoli scrapbook SFH 664, San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.


    Purchase, 2016.

    Historical note

    The Savoy Tivoli is a bar, restaurant and venue at 1434 Grant Ave in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. Established in 1907, it was bought by Frederick Kuh in 1967 from Nick Finocchio. It quickly became a hangout for the Beats of North Beach. It was the first home of Beach Blanket Babylon in the 1974 and was often mentioned in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City.
    The Ramones played there in 1976 when it was being booked by Stephen Gordon. In February 1979, Claude Santiago began managing the club as an independent promoter and reopened the club on August 10, 1979 with a new program of live music which included jazz, reggae, funk, and punk bands.
    At the time of this writing in February, 2022, the Savoy Tivoli is reported as closed on Google and Yelp.

    Scope and Contents

    The Savoy Tivoli scrapbook contains copies of newspaper clippings and approximately 50 fliers for events held there from August 10, 1979, to December 31st, 1979. Included is a short history of the club with information about Frederick (Freddie) Kuh and Claude Santiago. This scrapbook was likely created sometime in 1980.
    Fliers for performers include Mirasol, Irie Reggae Band, Idris Ackamoor, East Bay Mud, Pharoah Sanders Ensemble, Faye Carol, Los Microwaves, Zeros, SVT, Nervous Gender, Touch Tones, The Mutants, Noh Mercy, Target Video, Jim Carroll, Minimal Man, Eye Protection, Voice Farm, Tuxedomoon, No Sisters, Contractions, Urge, and the Punts.

    Related Materials

    Researchers are encouraged to see also the San Francisco Punk Archive located in the San Francisco History Center at the San Francisco Public Library. This collection is currently being processed.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Savoy Tivoli (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Bars (Drinking establishments) -- California -- San Francisco
    Punk culture -- California -- San Francisco
    Fliers (printed matter).
    North Beach (San Francisco, Calif.) -- History.
    North Beach (San Francisco, Calif.) -- Social life and customs.
    Punk rock music -- California -- San Francisco -- fliers
    Latin jazz -- California -- San Francisco -- fliers
    Jazz -- California -- San Francisco -- fliers
    Reggae music -- California -- San Francisco -- fliers
    New wave music -- California -- San Francisco -- fliers
    Funk (Music) -- California -- San Francisco -- fliers
    Savoy Tivoli (1967-2021?)
    Kuh, Frederick, 1923-1997
    Old Spaghetti Factory Cafe (Restaurant)
    Santiago, Claude