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.
50 Years Ago: The 1973 Watkins Glen Summer Jam Outdraws Woodstock
Grateful Dead, the Band and the Allman Brothers performed for 600,000 in Central New York State. Here's what really went down.
Grateful Dead Announce 'Wake of the Flood' 50th-Anniversary Set
Hear a previously unreleased demo of "Eyes of the World."
55 Years Ago: Grateful Dead Look Forward With 'Anthem of the Sun'
Their debut was a casserole of folk, rock, blues and psychedelia, but it didn't quite capture the live experience.
Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead Tour Manager Sam Cutler Dead at 80
He witnessed the carnage of Altamont and helped transform the Dead into a legendary live act.
Grateful Dead Announces 'Here Comes Sunshine 1973' Box Set
Live collection features five previously unreleased performances.
Bill Kreutzmann Won't Take Part in Dead and Company’s Final Tour
Band says drummer isn't retiring and he's in "good spirits."
Listen to Bob Dylan Cover the Grateful Dead's 'Truckin'' Onstage
He debuts his version of 1970 song in Japan.
How a Routine Traffic Stop Turned Into Jerry Garcia's Drug Bust
He and lyricist Robert Hunter were driving to the Grateful Dead's next concert stop when they were pulled over.
How a Rare Storm Inspired Grateful Dead's 'Terrapin Station'
They suddenly had an abundance of material, after a two-year hiatus from touring.