Jerry Garcia Discusses Woodstock, Altamont, Hells Angels & More In Newly Released Interview


Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia discusses the Woodstock and Altamont music festivals in newly shared video of an interview from May 1970. Garcia also talks about the Hells Angels and fellow San Francisco-based musicians Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna, The New Riders Of The Purple Sage and others.

The footage is included as bonus material for the Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story Of The Grateful Dead DVD and Blu-Ray deluxe editions, which are available starting tomorrow (Friday, November 16). The bonus material comes from May 24, 1970 at England’s Hollywood Festival during the Grateful Dead’s first European tour. JamBase premiered previously unreleased video of “Good Lovin’” from the band’s Hollywood Festival set.

Garcia and an unidentified British journalist can be seen briefly discussing the arrest of sound engineer and LSD manufacturer Owsley “Bear” Stanley,” the previous year’s Woodstock music festival and Altamont Free Concert and the state of music festivals in the United States in the first clip below. The second clip features the pair discussing the Hells Angels motorcycle club, the Weathermen political group, San Francisco music scene and the aforementioned bands, as well as Garcia’s take on Frank Zappa. Watch the two previously unreleased interview videos, that Rolling Stone premiered, here:

Jerry Garcia Interview Part 1

Jerry Garcia Interview Part 2