Grateful Dead: A Synopsis
Jerry Garcia played with a
number of acts between 1960 and 1965 before finding the musicians who would become The Warlocks, and later the Grateful Dead. The Warlocks
made their debut at Magoo's pizza house in 1965.
Then came 1970's Workingman's Dead, followed soon after by American Beauty (Nov 1970). The Dead played their ace, seeming to break with their psychedelic past while tapping into their early history in folk. In the process, the Dead did their best harmony work. Many songs have become classic anthems that tapped into the American frontier and underdog ethos. These two albums have remained the cornerstone of the Dead's live repertoire. Among the most popular songs are "Uncle John's Band," "Casey Jones," "Sugar Magnolia" and "Truckin.'"
During the recording of American Beauty Jerry's mother Ruth was in an automobile accident and died after spending some time in the hospital. Phil Lesh's father had recently died as well. The resulting bittersweet harmonies and earthy tone mixed with the wisdom of the ages made many Dead fans for life.
Although the Dead's albums did will from 1970 onward, it was
their live shows that did the real selling. At the
center of the live shows was always Garcia's fluid guitar playing.
The music could shift in any direction as the Dead sought what
the band and its fans called the "X factor": spontaneous, revelatory
stretches of music arrived at through practice and serendipity. Because of this ethos, a song was never played the same way twice.
The band toured practically nonstop
from its inception, attracting legions of peace-minded men
and women who came to be known as Deadheads. Many followed the Dead around
the country for years, creating a mobile culture centered around the group.
On Aug. 9, 1995, Garcia died in his sleep at a drug treatment facility in Northern California. He'd been admitted to battle his heroin addiction, although a heart attack was given as the cause of Garcia's death. Mourners flooded the streets all over the nation, especially in San Francisco.
The rest of the Dead (Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti, Rob Barraco, Jimmy Herring) disbanded for a while, but soon began touring as The Other Ones. In 2003 they start calling themselves The Dead for the Summer Getaway 2003 tour. Joan Osborne joined the band on vocals.
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|"Not that there aren't easy roads into Deadian wilderness.
Friendships, hardship, love, death, work, faith, hope and charity all
figure into the text. Among other subtexts, the Dead's depictions of
outsiders are masterful: outsider status becomes an
"Even after their untimely demise, the Grateful Dead have continued to release classic music; i.e. One From the Vault, Dick's Pick, Vol. 4, and Fallout From The Phil Zone. What Dead heads have always argued - that the band was best represented on stage - probably will prove true, but this argument has helped disguise the fact that the band's original releases, given the band member's individual musical styles, and their rarified ensemble playing, are generally underrated. The work that started with Live/Dead (1970) and ended, four years later, after seven albums and various solo projects, is one of the most sustained periods of creativity for any sixties' rock band."
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