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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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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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NBC
NBC

Watch Dead and Company Perform on ‘The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon’

Dead and Company, the new band featuring John Mayer and members of the Grateful Dead, made their television debut on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon last night.

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Dead and Company Announce 2016 U.S. Tour

As John Mayer hinted a while back, Dead and Company will return for a series of summer dates.

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Columbia
Columbia

That Time Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead Released a Live Album Together

Bob Dylan wasn't exactly at the peak of his career when he released 'Dylan & the Dead,' a collaborative live album with the Grateful Dead, on Feb. 6, 1989.

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50 Years Ago: Grateful Dead and Big Brother & the Holding Company Begin the Haight-Ashbury Era at the Trips Festival

A three-day festival with an acid test and music by the Grateful Dead and other San Francisco bands took place in January 1966.

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images
Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Dead and Company Might Be Back in 2016

John Mayer seems to confirm – despite "the risk of rocking any boats, known and unknown" – more future Dead and Company dates.

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Ken Friedman / Grateful Dead
Ken Friedman / Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead ‘Limited Bio-Series’ in the Works at Amazon

Amazon will expand its slate of original programming with a series based on the Steve Parish book Home Before Daylight: My Life on the Road With the Grateful Dead.

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