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Hear the Jerry Garcia Band Soar on New Year's Eve 1975

October 17, 2014

With the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia was know for his thrilling New Year's Eve performances, but on December 31st, 1975, he played his only such gig without them, doing three sets at the small Keystone Berkeley club. Of course, Garcia wasn't exactly alone:...

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Is This the End for Classic Rock's Greatest Guitar Makers?

October 1, 2014

Oh, look at that," Susan Wickersham says proudly, as her daughter Mica carefully escorts Phil Lesh's new bass guitar into her mother's office, presenting it to the room as if it were a royal infant or rare bottle of wine. Mica cradles its long mahogany...

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Hear Grateful Dead's 'Estimated Prophet' With Branford Marsalis

July 10, 2014

In March 1990, the Grateful Dead teamed up with jazz saxophonist Branford Marsalis for a concert at Long Island's Nassau Coliseum, where they jammed together for most of the set. One standout from that set is the group's funky, 14-minute take on "Estimated...

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Jerry Garcia Gets a Digital Makeover

January 17, 2014

Grateful Dead fans now have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the rich career of founding member Jerry Garcia. Last night, JerryGarcia.com relaunched with a massive set of archival material for fans to explore, including 15,000 hours...

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Hear the Jerry Garcia Band Live in 1978

July 15, 2014

The Jerry Garcia Band opened March of 1978 in Berkeley, but from there they moved east, playing cities as large as Boston and Philadelphia and suburbs as small as Commack, New York, and Pawtucket, Rhode Island. On the 22nd, the band made their California...

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Phil Lesh Still Coming to Terms With Jerry Garcia's Death

April 21, 2014

This spring and summer, Grateful Dead co-founder Phil Lesh, as he's done during so many spring and summers past, will be playing the music of his legendary former band and a whole host of other rootsy, cosmic sounds. The 74-year-old kicked off a marathon...

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Stream a Funky Jerry Garcia Rarity

December 18, 2013

Jerry Garcia slipped into a five-day diabetic coma in July of 1986; remarkably, he returned to the stage by year's end. Three years later, with his fruitful side project the Jerry Garcia Band in peak form, the Grateful Dead guitarist arrived in Hartford,...

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Grateful Dead Memorabilia Set for Auction

November 14, 2013

Jerry Garcia's Travis Bean TB500, one of the more significant guitars in rock history, will be auctioned off on December 6th in Beverly Hills, California. The instrument was played during the recording sessions for Terrapin Station and at over 90 Grateful...

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Premiere: Jerry Garcia's Birthday Bash

October 28, 2013

Last August, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir held a five-hour concert called "Move Me Brightly" at his TRI Studios in San Rafael, California, in honor of what would have been Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday. A number of musicians, including members of Vampire...

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Jerry Garcia Estate Unveils Fine Art Offering

July 8, 2013

Jerry Garcia's estate has unveiled its first fine art offering, and luckily for fans, they'll be able to get their hands on a copy of the piece. "The Guys" is an etching based on a quickly drawn portrait of the Grateful Dead by the band's leader. The...

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May 1977

June 17, 2013

The Grateful Dead's May 8th, 1977, gig at Cornell University is widely considered the ne plus ultra of Dead bootlegs. This 14-disc set, packed in a psychedelic sarcophagus, documents five gigs from later that month. It puts the consensus-maker in perspective,...

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Bob Weir Falls Onstage During Furthur Show

April 26, 2013

Bob Weir was helped offstage last night after he was unable to finish his performance with Furthur at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The Grateful Dead offshoot was closing out a nine show residency at the venue with their final set, but...

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Six Things You Didn't Know About Clive Davis

March 4, 2013

It's taken almost four decades, but Clive Davis – former head of Columbia, Arista and J Records, now chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment – has written a sequel to his 1975 memoir. The Soundtrack of My Life (penned with RS contributing...

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Bob Weir Books Ratdog Tour for Early 2014

November 21, 2013

Bob Weir will hit the road with Ratdog early next year for a month-long tour that could coincide with the release of a six-disc live recording of shows he and Rob Wasserman performed with the Jerry Garcia Band in 1989. Weir's tour will begin February...

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Jerry Garcia Gets Animated Over Acid Tests

November 5, 2013

“We just set up the equipment, everyone got high, and stuff would happen,” Jerry Garcia says of the six months the Grateful Dead spent playing music at Ken Kesey’s infamous LSD parties in the mid-1960s, a run best known as the Acid Tests. The...

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Grateful Dead Play 'Jack Straw' in 1972

August 2, 2013

Back on August 27th, 1972, the Grateful Dead journeyed to Veneta, Oregon, to link up with Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. Hot off a European tour, the Dead joined the author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and his crew for a benefit show for the...

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The Grateful Dead's Greatest Year

June 26, 2013

Click to listen to Grateful Dead's "Estimated Prophet - Live at Coliseum, University Of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL (5/17/77)" Bikers, blow and Belushi: As usual when the Grateful Dead took Manhattan, the band's five-night stand at the Palladium in April...

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The Grateful Dead Jam on 'Uncle John's Band' and 'Sugar Magnolia' in 1977

May 6, 2013

Click to listen to Grateful Dead's "Sugar Magnolia" and "Uncle John's Band" Live The Grateful Dead boast a live legacy unlike any other, and their most memorable tour might have been their outing in the spring of 1977. The band played one of their most...

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20 Essential Grateful Dead Shows

April 8, 2013

Choosing and justifying a list of essential Grateful Dead shows – 20, 200 or even 2,000 – is treacherous work. Passionate challenge from fans, especially hardcore Deadheads and veteran tape traders, is guaranteed. Endless debate over set-list...

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