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Remembering Jerry Garcia 15 Years Later

August 9, 2010 6:07 PM ET

Tonight, on the fifteenth anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death, Mickey Hart and Bob Weir will pay tribute to their bandmate at the San Francisco Giants' baseball game. (Weir is singing the National Anthem, Hart leading the crowd in a group kazoo performance.) Garcia's daughter Annabelle will also throw out the game's first pitch. To celebrate the life and music of one of rock's most important figures, check out a photo timeline of Garcia's life, plus features from the Rolling Stone archives, including a 1972 RS interview and the original 1995 tribute to his life.

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Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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