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Graphic artist Justin Helton will honor the 40th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s visit to Egypt with his first posters in an ongoing series for the band.
Saturday Stream celebrates Ron “Pigpen” McKernan’s birthday today with a Spotify Playlist featuring the late musician leading the Grateful Dead.
Release Day Picks this week highlights new albums by Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Grateful Dead, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Jennifer Hartswick and Papadosio.
The acclaimed documentary ‘Long Strange Trip: The Untold Story Of The Grateful Dead’ will be released on DVD & Blu-Ray this fall.
Artist Roy Henry Vickers and producer David Lemieux preview the new Grateful Dead box set ‘Pacific Northwest ’73 – ’74: The Complete Recordings.’
Today marks the date of Grateful Dead keyboardists Keith Godchaux’s tragic death and Brent Mydland’s final show with the legendary band.
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About Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead was an American psychedelia-influenced rock band. Formed in 1965 in San Francisco from the remnants of another band, “Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions,” the Grateful Dead were known for their unique and eclectic songwriting stylewhich fused elements of rock, folk music, bluegrass, blues, country, and jazzand for live performances of long modal jams.
Some of the band’s fans followed the band from concert to concert for years. These Deadheads were renowned for their dedication to the band’s music. Many followers referred to the band simply as The Dead.
The Grateful Dead’s career began under the name “The Warlocks” in Palo Alto, California. Eventually, they moved to the Haight-Ashbury section of San Francisco. Many bands from this area, such as Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Santana, went on to national fame, giving San Francisco an image as a center for the hippie counterculture of the era. (Also see entry for the San Francisco Sound.) Of these bands, the Grateful Dead had the most “musicianly” background, including banjo and guitar player Jerry Garcia, blues musician “Pigpen” McKernan, the classically trained Phil Lesh and drummer Bill Kreutzmann. The Grateful Dead most embodied “all the elements of the San Francisco scene and came, therefore, to represent the counterculture to the rest of the country.”
The name “Grateful Dead” was chosen at random from a dictionary. Some claim it was a Funk & Wagnalls, others an Oxford Dictionary, but according to Phil Lesh, in his biography (pp. 62), “…Jer (Garcia) picked up an old Britannica World Language Dictionary…(and)…In that silvery elf-voice he said to me, ‘Hey, man, how about the Grateful Dead?'”
The Grateful Dead became the de facto resident band of Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, with the early sound heavily influenced by Kesey’s LSD-soaked Acid Tests, as well as R&B. Their musical influences varied widely with input from the psychedelic music of the era, combined with blues, jazz, rock and roll, and bluegrass. These various influences were distilled into a diverse and psychedelic whole that made the Grateful Dead “the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world.”
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Kelley Lauginiger interviews Rob Compa and Eli Winderman of the currently-on-hiatus Dopapod.
All reportedly went well with Dickey Betts’ brain surgery on Friday.
Georgia’s own Widespread Panic will celebrate the end of 2018 and ring in 2019 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta.
The latest episode of ‘The JamBase Podcast’ starts with “The Rundown” and continues with “Reelin’ In The Years” featuring Vince Herman and Nicki Bluhm providing “Tour Stories.”
Jam titans The String Cheese Incident will begin a celebration of their 25th anniversary with a home state New Year’s Run.