Purchase The House Where Jerry Garcia Came Up With The Name Grateful Dead

“It confused some and appalled others—and what could be better for a rock band?” – Dennis McNally on GD’s moniker.

By Nate Todd Jun 13, 2024 1:19 pm PDT

The house where Jerry Garcia cosmically came up with the Grateful Dead’s name is on the market. According to Grateful Dead publicist and biographer Dennis McNally’s A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead, Jerry discovered the now iconic moniker in 1965 while tripping on DMT.

Fittingly Located at 1012 High Street in Palo Alto, California’s Professorville neighborhood near Stanford University, the two-bedroom, one-bathroom shingled Craftsman was rented by Dead bassist Phil Lesh back in the ’60s and early ’70s. Not only was the band named there, they also used to practice in the garage which now doubles as a studio.

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The Grateful Dead’s initial name was The Warlocks. While perusing a record store, Lesh discovered that there was another band named The Warlocks. The group set out to find a new name, one of the most difficult, but usually fun, things a band has to do. One of Jerry’s ideas was Mythical Ethical Icicle Tricycle.

Garcia then opened a random page in Funk & Wagnalls New Practical Standard Dictionary and put his finger down, “grateful dead” was where it landed. In A Long Strange Trip, McNally wrote:

“It confused some and appalled others—and what could be better for a rock band? It implied layers and layers of depth, unique among all rock band names in that era, and suggested that something very powerful indeed happened on High Street that day.”

“There is a vibe that you feel when you go into the house, and certainly when you go back into the garage,” realtor for the house Helen Lippert told Penta. The magazine also noted that Lippert has “become more of a fan of the Grateful Dead’s music while familiarizing herself with their catalog in the leadup to listing the home.”

The house on High Street is listed at $2.695 million. Check it out below:

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