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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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Tim Mosenfelder, Getty Images

The History of Brent Mydland and the Grateful Dead

Keyboardist Brent Mydland's arrival allowed the Grateful Dead to pack the entire dictionary of rock and roll into their repertoire – if ever so briefly.

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Jay Blakesberg
Jay Blakesberg

The Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well Shows Made a Whole Bunch of Money

Reports say that the Grateful Dead pulled in more than $52 million for their five shows.

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Keith Godchaux
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35 Years Ago: Grateful Dead Keyboardist Keith Godchaux Dies

Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux died on July 23, 1980.

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dead.net

47 Years Ago: The Grateful Dead Experiment in the Studio on ‘Anthem of the Sun’

The Grateful Dead released their second album, 'Anthem of the Sun,' on July 18, 1968.

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Bill Kreutzmann
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Could There Be More Grateful Dead Shows?

When the Grateful Dead announced their Fare Thee Well shows, they insisted that their July 5 concert would be their last ever. But if drummer Bill Kreutzmann had his way, they would do a few more.

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Jay Blakesberg
Jay Blakesberg

Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well Shows a Hit With Deaf Fans Too

The Grateful Dead's Fare Thee Well shows contained a special "Deaf Zone" for their deaf and hard of hearing fans.

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Jerry Garcia
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20 Years Ago: Jerry Garcia Plays His Final Grateful Dead Concert

Jerry Garcia's final show with the Grateful Dead -- held on July 9, 1995, at Chicago's Soldier Field -- was no lasting tribute.

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Jay Blakesberg
Jay Blakesberg

Top 10 Grateful Dead ‘Fare Thee Well’ Performances

The 10 best performances, chosen from the over 80 songs the Grateful Dead played during their five 'Fare Thee Well' shows.

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Jay Blakesberg
Jay Blakesberg

Grateful Dead: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at ‘Fare Thee Well’

Now that the Grateful Dead's 50th anniversary "Fare Thee Well" shows are on the books, it's time to take a look back at — and behind the scenes of — the concert event of the season.

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Watch the Empire State Building Honor the Grateful Dead With Synchronized Light Show

While the Grateful Dead were in the midst of their 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well dates at Chicago's Soldier Field, the band received a once-in-a-lifetime public tribute hundreds of miles away.

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