Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead



The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California.[1][2] Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, psychedelia, experimental music, modal jazz, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, and space rock,[3][4] for live performances of lengthy instrumental jams,[5][6] and for their devoted fan base, known as "Deadheads". "Their music," writes Lenny Kaye, "touches on ground that most other groups don't even know exists."[7] These various influences were distilled into a diverse and psychedelic whole that made the Grateful Dead "the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world".[8] The band was ranked 57th by Rolling Stone magazine in its The Greatest Artists of All Time issue.[9] The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994[10] and a recording of their May 8, 1977, performance at Cornell University's Barton Hall was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2012.[11] The Grateful Dead have sold more than 35 million albums worldwide.

The Grateful Dead was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area amid the rise of the counterculture of the 1960s.[12][13][14] The founding members were Jerry Garcia (lead guitar, vocals), Bob Weir (rhythm guitar, vocals), Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (keyboards, harmonica, vocals), Phil Lesh (bass, vocals), and Bill Kreutzmann (drums).[15] Members of the Grateful Dead had played together in various San Francisco bands, including Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions and the Warlocks. Lesh was the last member to join the Warlocks before they became the Grateful Dead; he replaced Dana Morgan Jr., who had played bass for a few gigs. Drummer Mickey Hart and nonperforming lyricist Robert Hunter joined in 1967. With the exception of McKernan, who died in 1973, and Hart, who took time off from 1971 to 1974, the core of the band stayed together for its entire 30-year history.[16] The other official members of the band are Tom Constanten (keyboards; 1968–1970), John Perry Barlow (nonperforming lyricist; 1971–1995)[17], Keith Godchaux (keyboards; 1971–1979), Donna Godchaux (vocals; 1972–1979), Brent Mydland (keyboards, vocals; 1979–1990), and Vince Welnick (keyboards, vocals; 1990–1995).[18] Bruce Hornsby (accordion, piano, vocals) was a touring member from 1990 to 1992, as well as a guest with the band on occasion before and after the tours.

After the death of Garcia in 1995, former members of the band, along with other musicians, toured as the Other Ones in 1998, 2000, and 2002, and the Dead in 2003, 2004, and 2009. In 2015, the four surviving core members marked the band's 50th anniversary in a series of concerts that were billed as their last performances together.[19] There have also been several spin-offs featuring one or more core members, such as Dead & Company, Furthur, the Rhythm Devils, Phil Lesh & Friends, RatDog, and Billy & the Kids.



Long Strange Trip
Long Strange Trip is an album by musical group Grateful Dead, released on August 4, 2017.
Grateful Dead, Celebrating Jerry Garcia & The Days Between
Grateful Dead, Celebrating Jerry Garcia & The Days Between is an album by musical group Grateful Dead, released on August 1, 2017.
Smiling On A Cloudy Day
Smiling On A Cloudy Day is an album by musical group Grateful Dead, released on July 11, 2017.
Long Strange Trip Soundtrack
Long Strange Trip Soundtrack is an album by musical group Grateful Dead, released on May 26, 2017.

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Inside the 14 long years it took for the director of Amazon's Grateful Dead documentary to finally get his dream project made
  –  January 10, 2018
It took 14 years for Amir Bar-Lev to make the Grateful Dead documentary, "Long Strange Trip," 10 of which was spent just trying to convince the band to let him make it. What was intended to be a 90-minute doc that would be released for the band's 50th ...
Grateful Dead photo book a passion project for editor
  –  December 31, 2017
Daley: I can’t believe this is the first-ever collection of Grateful Dead photos. Baron: It’s surprising [laughs.] One would’ve thought this existed prior to now, given that 50th anniversary came and went, and that the band's shepherds have done such ...
Grateful Dead Founders Bob Weir, Phil Lesh Plot First Duo Tour
  –  December 12, 2017
Weir and Lesh notably joined forces with the other two surviving Grateful Dead members, drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, during the band's 50th anniversary Fare Thee Well tour. They've never played live as a duo without a backing band.
Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews, Janis Joplin, Preservation Hall Jazz Band Among Artists Offering Black Friday Releases
  –  October 17, 2017
Record Store Day, the yearly celebration of independent music stores and vinyl, will continue its 10th anniversary this year with its annual Black Friday event next month, and among the day’s vinyl offerings will be vinyl releases from the from the ...
Holler and Ketchum kick off 2018 "Women &" series with Grateful Dead tribute
  –  January 10, 2018
It’s time again for the Charleston Music Hall to get back to its extraordinary genre ... On Friday, the sugar magnolias will present “Women & The Dead: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead,” featuring Alva Anderson, Claire Elich, Adele Deas Tobin ...
"What A Long Strange Trip" Celebrates The Grateful Dead
  –  January 4, 2018
"It's been far too long since the Grateful Dead were honored with a show dedicated to their unique brand of American music," said Gary Hygom, Bay Street Theater Producer. "So we are doing two nights with some of the most talented musicians on the East End.
First-ever Grateful Dead photography book a time capsule for fans of all ages
  –  December 31, 2017
If you have any interest at all in music, ‘60s culture, or the Grateful Dead, I know what you need to buy with that Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card you just got. “Eyes of the World: Grateful Dead Photography 1965-1995” is a gorgeous fine art ...
Grateful Dead Founders Bob Weir, Phil Lesh Plot First Duo Tour
  –  December 12, 2017
Credit: Jeff Kravitz/Getty Guitarist looks ahead to next set of gigs with John Mayer and fellow Grateful Dead alums, and reminisces about era featured in new archival box The Bobby and Phil Tour kicks off March 2nd and 3rd at New York's Radio City Music ...


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