THOUGHTS ON GARCIA: DON'T LET GO

OTIS TAYLOR


Otis Taylor
1. How would you say the music of Jerry Garcia and/or the man himself has influenced your music, your craft, and/or your life path?

Jerry's sense of adventure and personal integrity has made it a bit easier for artists like myself who are flying under the radar and don't fit neatly into a little box. It's like when Magellan came to America - it opened up things for a lot of people.

2. What is your fondest memory of Jerry Garcia?

When I first went to Haight-Ashbury in the 60's, and I saw a poster for the Grateful Dead. That name I thought it was just way too cool. F---n hip.

3. What would you say is the most significant thing Jerry has given the world?

You can count the times on your hands and feet when an artist has had such a profound impact on musical style and popular culture. Northern California had the Dead, and Southern California had the Beach Boys. Think about it: both are American bands that spawned subcultures that are still thriving today - Deadheads and surfers. Most artists have to die before they receive the type of widespread acclaim that Jerry had, but he had it long before that.

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