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The Grateful Dead

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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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

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

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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Melina Dellamarggio
Melina Dellamarggio

Dead and Company Stir Up Memories in California: Review and Exclusive Photos

The vibe at Dead and Company's show at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, Calif., was unhurried and carefree.

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Ebet Roberts, Getty Images
Ebet Roberts, Getty Images

20 Years Ago: Jerry Garcia’s Ashes Spread in India and San Francisco

The Grateful Dead leader's ashes were spread in two different locations, and most of his family wasn't too thrilled by this.

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images
Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

35 Years Ago: The Grateful Dead Reach Back to Their Roots on ‘Reckoning’

'Reckoning' was an opportunity to show the world beyond their faithful legions exactly what the Grateful Dead’s acoustic side was all about.

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images
Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

Grateful Dead to Be Honored With Benefit Tribute Project

Get set for a huge, multi-artist benefit tribute compilation devoted to the Grateful Dead.

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Michael Putland, Getty Images

The Day the Grateful Dead’s Ron ‘Pigpen’ McKernan Died

On March 8, 1973, Ron McKernan passed away at age 27.

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