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Furthur Hit Manhattan: On the Bus With the Hippie Army

February 25, 2010 12:00 AM ET

For the past two nights, a large, partially-washed army has descended on New York's Radio City Music Hall (directly across the street from the Rolling Stone offices) for a pair of Furthur shows. Our intrepid videographer Matthew Murphy questioned the masses about their life following the Dead and love of LSD, and boarded an awesome school bus for a Cribs-style tour (guess where they keep the bathroom?). He also met the vehicle's awesome driver Randy, a 40-year road vet who gets misty recalling his best years chasing live music across the country.

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