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.
With the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's formation coming up in 2015, Bob Weir is urging the group's surviving founding members to put aside their differences for some sort of commemorative event.
The Winterland Ballroom, where scores of memorable live albums and movies were recorded, went out in style on Dec. 31, 1978. The Grateful Dead headlined a farewell concert that stretched out for more than eight hours -- with Jerry Garcia and band playing a stunning six of them.
The Grateful Dead went three years between studio albums in the period leading up to 'Wake of the Flood.' Over that time, blues-soaked keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan had died, and his replacement, Keith Godchaux, would take the group into jazzier territory on the 1973 return.
This week, the Grateful Dead released 'Sunshine Daydream,' a three-CD/DVD set of their most requested unreleased concert. Ultimate Classic Rock and Diffuser.fm have teamed up with Rhino Records to give five lucky winners a 'Sunshine Daydream' prize pack.
Eight years talking about the long, strange trip they've been on, the Grateful Dead took it to new levels. On Sept. 14, 1978, they performed the first of three shows at the Sound and Light Theater in the shadow of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt.
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan was part of the Grateful Dead before it was even called the Grateful Dead, and as this list demonstrates his departure -- just before passing away in 1973 -- changed the band forever.
On Aug. 1, the late Jerry Garcia’s birthday, Dead Heads got a treat: a special one-time theatrical showing of a 1972 benefit concert the Grateful Dead performed in Veneta, Ore., for the Kesey family’s Springfield Creamery. But if you missed it, you're in luck. The Dead are releasing the whole thing on CD, DVD, LP and via digital download.
The Grateful Dead's self-titled debut album from 1967 was a casserole of folk, rock, blues and psychedelia. But it didn't quite capture the live Dead experience. So on their second album, 'Anthem of the Sun,' they set out to bring their celebrated concert experience into the studio.
For fans of the Grateful Dead, their May 8, 1977 concert at Cornell University remains a touchstone moment, perhaps the most cherished set in a tapestry of legendary shows. Now, the band wants to expand that legend with a new ultra-rare 14-disc box set focusing on five complete shows from that '77 tour.
Two acts who were among the most famous musical explorers in rock history -- Jimi Hendrix and the Grateful Dead -- are pitted against each other in the first round of our May 2013 Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame poll. Each month, our readers will determine which of eight legendary artists or bands is immortalized forever for their contributions to classic rock history.
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