The Grateful Dead
Keyboardist and vocalist Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan of the Grateful Dead died at age 27 on March 8, 1973 from internal hemorrhaging caused by excessive drinking.
This Grateful Dead CD boxed set of the complete Fillmore West 1969 concerts sold for over a thousand bucks during a recent eBay auction. The operative word here is “complete” as these four concert discs, released in November of 2005 are not to be confused with the three-CD version that features the concert highlights only. This version is far more desirable to the purist and its limited availability took the bidding up to $1250.00.
In celebration of what would have been Jerry Garcia's 70th birthday on Aug. 1, his former guitarist in the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir, has organized a tribute concert for tonight (Aug. 3). The show will take place at Weir's TRI Studios in San Rafael, Calif., and will be webcast at their website beginning at 9:30PM Eastern.
The Grateful Dead may be no more, but their music will live on forever in a series of archival releases that seem to have no end in sight. The Dead have announced the upcoming release of 'Spring 1990,' a massive 18-disc box set that spotlights six performances from the group's 25th Anniversary tour, which many fans have dubbed their "last great tour."
“Lately it occurs to me/ What a long strange trip it’s been.” Being a fan of the music of the Grateful Dead was certainly a unique experience and author Gene Sculatti captures what it was like from that angle in a new ebook called ‘Dark Stars and Anti-Matter: 40 Years of Loving, Leaving and Making Up with the Music of the Grateful Dead.’