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.
Did the Grateful Dead Go Disco on 'Shakedown Street'?
Their turn toward more commercial sounds didn't exactly come out of nowhere.
Grateful Dead’s ‘Long Strange Trip’ Movie Coming to Home Video
Martin Scorcese production deluxe edition includes unreleased 1970 live performance.
Is Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh the Godfather of Courtney Love?
She wants to know truth behind stories told by her “insane” dad Hank Harrison.
Dead and Company Begin Summer Tour: Set List and Video
The Grateful Dead vets, along with John Mayer, kicked off another summer of touring last night.
Grateful Dead's 'Anthem of the Sun' Gets 50th Anniversary Reissue
This new edition includes both the rare 1968 mix of the album plus the more common 1971 version.
Grateful Dead Lyricist John Perry Barlow Dead at 70
John Perry Barlow, who wrote lyrics for the Grateful Dead, has died at the age of 70.
Dead and Company Cancel Shows Due to John Mayer Hospitalization
Dead and Company have postponed concerts after member John Mayer was admitted to the hospital.