Winterland, San Francisco, December 1977
Minkin almost didn't get this shot: After taking a bus from Brooklyn to San Francisco, he lost his wallet, complete with his show ticket, in the bus terminal. The next morning he and a friend went the office of promoter Bill Graham and bought a fresh pair of tickets. "They stood much closer together than in later years, so you see more interaction between them,"he says of the Dead in 1977. "They were at the top of their game in that era." At the show, he felt the much-discussed warmth of the Dead audience: "People were so cool: 'He's got a camera — let him up!' That wouldn't happen in New York."