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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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Vince Bucci, Getty Images

Dead and Company Announce New Tour Dates

Dead & Company, the new group featuring three of the surviving "core four" members of the Grateful Dead alongside guitarist John Mayer, have added some new dates to their upcoming tour itinerary.

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Rick Diamond, Getty Images

Bruce Hornsby on the Grateful Dead, Connecting with Trey Anastasio + Going Beyond His Hits: Exclusive Interview

Bruce Hornsby discusses performing with the Grateful Dead, interacting with Trey Anastasio at the Fare Thee Well shows, and his impressive solo career.

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Michael Ochs Archives, Getty Images

20 Years Ago: Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia Dies

Jerry Garcia died at a rehabilitation clinic in Forest Knolls, Calif., on Aug. 9, 1995. He was 53.

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John Mayer Talks About His Love for the Grateful Dead

John Mayer talked about how he became a fan of the Grateful Dead, even though he was a teenager when Jerry Garcia died.

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Michael Loccisano / Jason Kempin, Getty Images

Three Grateful Dead Stars Team Up With John Mayer for New Tour

Three of the four "core" Grateful Dead members have decided that this summer's five "Fare Thee Well" shows weren't the end of their time together after all.

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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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