Grateful Dead Podcast Features Ned Lagin Bonus Episode
Grateful Dead collaborator Ned Lagin was the guest on a bonus episode of The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast dubbed “The Nedcast.” Host Jessie Jarnow chatted with the electronic music pioneer about his studio and live contributions to GD’s sound and more.
Ned Lagin studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the late 1960s and also attended the equally prestigious Berklee Music School in Boston. It was in Boston that Lagin first struck up a relationship with the Dead by sending Jerry Garcia a letter after seeing the band perform for the Boston Tea Party in 1969 and would later organize a GD show at MIT in 1970. Jerry then invited Lagin to San Francisco where he added piano to American Beauty’s “Candyman.” Ned first joined the Dead onstage at a legendary 1971 show at The Capitol Theatre — included on the recently released deluxe edition of American Beauty — which the Deadcast discussion opens on.
Jarnow also played clips from the Phil Lesh-composed “Unbroken Chain” from 1974’s From The Mars Hotel which sees Ned on synthesizer as well as a snippet of Lesh and Lagin collaborating to create psychedelic sounds through the “Wall Of Sound” which featured during set breaks of GD shows in 1974. Addtionally, Jarnow features clips of Lagin’s own sonic soundscape composition Seastones, released on the Grateful Dead’s Round Records and potions of which also appear live in a trio of Dick’s Picks volumes.
Hear Ned Lagin discuss all of the above and more in the bonus episode of The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast below: