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The Grateful Dead were San Francisco’s most representative rock band in the 1960s, when that city was at the center of a musical revolution. Combining an adventurous spirit that swung from one side of American music to another with a stage show that made their concerts a mind-altering experience unlike any other (all washed down with a large amount of drugs), the Dead’s influence and reputation far exceeded their mainstream popularity. They peaked in the early ‘70s with a pair of albums — ‘Workingman’s Dead’ and ‘American Beauty’ – that dug up old-school roots music for hippies. After that, they settled into a quarter-century career in which their records served as mere vehicles for the band’s onstage explorations of the music. By the ‘90s they had become one of the world’s biggest touring groups. Leader Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995 ended their long run.

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Amazon Studios

Why the Grateful Dead’s New ‘Long Strange Trip’ Documentary Is ‘Not a Date Movie’

Given the band's reputation for sprawling, quasi-freeform live shows, it only makes sense that the first documentary devoted to a comprehensive history of the Grateful Dead should span four hours.

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Fathom

‘Grateful Dead Movie’ Coming to Theaters for One Night Only

The Grateful Dead's 1977 concert film, 'The Grateful Dead Movie,' will return to theaters for one night only to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year.

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50 Years Ago: The Grateful Dead Release Their Hastily Recorded Debut Album

The Grateful Dead’s debut album, in its original form, runs for 35 minutes. That’s about as much time as it would take the band to play “Dark Star” in concert.

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images
Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Dead and Company Announce 2017 U.S. Tour

The John Mayer-fronted band with three founders of the Grateful Dead will play amphitheaters and stadiums in the late spring of 2017.

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Warner Bros.

Grateful Dead Launching 50th Anniversary Album Reissue Series Next Year

The Grateful Dead will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their recording career next year with a new album reissue series.

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Warner Bros.

45 Years Ago: Grateful Dead Release Their Second Live Album, ‘Skull and Roses’

Even back in 1971, barely five years after they formed, the Grateful Dead knew the power of their live shows.

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Change.org

Life Sentence Commuted for LSD-Selling Grateful Dead Fan

A Grateful Dead fan serving a double life sentence for a drug offense committed more than 20 years ago will now see release in 2018.

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Arista
Arista

35 Years Ago: Grateful Dead Plug In For ‘Dead Set,’ Then Go Quiet

The Grateful Dead showcased a different side just a few months after releasing the acoustic double-album 'Reckoning' in 1981.

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Brad Barket, Getty Images
Brad Barket, Getty Images

Grateful Dead’s Tom Constanten Recovering From Broken Neck

Tom Constanten is the only surviving regular Grateful Dead keyboardist.

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Ken Friedman / Columbia Records

Phil Lesh Thinks ‘Something Was Missing’ From the Grateful Dead After 1975

The Grateful Dead enjoyed an impressive run as one of rock's most beloved live acts. But, bassist Phil Lesh feels like the band spent much of its time together at something less than peak power.

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