Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia

Known as Captain Trips for his prototypical psychedelic persona and Uncle Jerry for his amiable onstage demeanor, Jerry Garcia’s stinging, lyrical guitar sound was utterly distinctive, and his delicate, mournful, rough-around-the-edges vocals helped define the psychedelic music of 1960s San Francisco. He was a cultural and musical icon, his ethos and improvisatory style emulated and expanded on by generations of followers.

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