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.
Metallica, Gregg Allman, Rolling Stones Earn Grammy Nominations
The nominees for the 60th annual Grammy Awards have been announced, with Metallica and Gregg Allman leading the classic rock pack with two nominations each.
Watch the Grateful Dead Perform 'Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo' in a Clip From 'Meet-Up at the Movies 2017'
The Grateful Dead's seventh annual "Meet-Up at the Movies" event will bring the band back to theaters for a one-night-only event.
How Grateful Dead's 'In the Dark' Hit Stunning Commercial Heights
They were only focused on the group’s holy grail: Making a representative studio effort.
Watch the Trailer for the Grateful Dead's 'Long Strange Trip' Documentary
The official trailer for the upcoming Grateful Dead documentary 'Long Strange Trip' has been released.
Why the Grateful Dead's New 'Long Strange Trip' Documentary Is 'Not a Date Movie'
Given the band's reputation for sprawling, quasi-freeform live shows, it only makes sense that the first documentary devoted to a comprehensive history of the Grateful Dead should span four hours.
'Grateful Dead Movie' Coming to Theaters for One Night Only
The Grateful Dead's 1977 concert film, 'The Grateful Dead Movie,' will return to theaters for one night only to celebrate its 40th anniversary this year.
Why the Grateful Dead's Debut Was So Hastily Recorded
This project originally ran for 35 minutes. That's about how long it took the band to play "Dark Star" in concert.
Grateful Dead Launching 50th Anniversary Album Reissue Series Next Year
The Grateful Dead will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their recording career next year with a new album reissue series.
How the Grateful Dead's 'Skull and Roses' Shook Things Up
Even back in 1971, this band knew the power of their concert performances.