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] Pianist Bruce Hornsby 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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The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and his son Grahame chat with The Washington Post
  –  October 22, 2017
When Grahame Lesh decided to enter his high school talent show in 2003, he asked his dad, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, if he’d join him to perform the band’s hippie-era anthem “Sugar Magnolia.” “I was so touched and so proud that he invited ...
Happy Birthday Brent Mydland: The Brent Era Live Grateful Dead Spotify Playlist
  –  October 21, 2017
Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland was born on this date in 1952. The multi-talented musician was just 37 when an accidental drug overdose took his life on July 26, 1990. One of several to have fulfilled the keyboardist role in the legendary band ...
Wake The Dead blends Celtic and Grateful Dead
  –  October 21, 2017
The music takes off and the band follows, grinning all the way. These aren’t worlds colliding so much as they’re worlds meshing and coalescing, creating a whole new realm of possibility that’s true to the spirits of both the Grateful Dead and the ...
Live Dead 69, with original Grateful Dead pianist Tom Constanten, to play Oct. 26 at Toad’s Place
  –  October 21, 2017
NEW HAVEN — There are Grateful Dead tribute bands out there and then there are Dead TRIBUTE bands out there, but it's tough to argue with a band full of guys who have played in the various offshoots with members of The Dead itself. It's even tougher to ...
Grateful Dead alive in Auburn
  –  October 20, 2017
The Dead Center of Northern California will be adding another chapter to its ongoing tribute to all things Grateful Dead on Saturday. That’s right, the Auburn Events Center will be welcoming another band that performs sets heavy on Grateful Dead songs.
Nights of the Mu-Tron III: On Peter Conners’s “Cornell ’77” and the Mystique of the Grateful Dead
  –  October 20, 2017
since the Grateful Dead regularly made such soundboard recordings of their own shows. For a time, ’60s LSD-chemist-cum-culture-hero Owsley “Bear” Stanley served as the Dead’s resident live-recording genius. After the band fired one of their key ...
The Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and his son Grahame share a band — and an even stronger bond
  –  October 19, 2017
When Grahame Lesh decided to enter his high school talent show in 2003, he asked his dad, Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, if he’d join him to perform the band’s hippie-era anthem “Sugar Magnolia.” “I was so touched and so proud that he invited ...
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 ...
Classical pianist Holly Bowling does Phish, Grateful Dead like no other
  –  October 15, 2017
The past year has seen Holly expand her repertoire into the realm of the Grateful Dead, including an ‘Eyes of the World,’ based on the band’s spectacular exploratory June 18, 1974, performance at Freedom Hall,” the theater said. “Using classical ...
‘Long Strange Trip’ Review: Grateful Dead Doc Is a Rightfully Epic Jam
  –  October 13, 2017
You don’t need a VR headset to watch Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary about the Grateful Dead, “Long Strange Trip,” because this four-hour movie is as immersive a wade into the waters of the Bay Area-germinated psychedelic band’s history as 2D gets.
Grateful Dead-affiliated keyboardist Jeff Chimenti chats about new musical
  –  October 12, 2017
Long before there was Beyoncé’s Beyhive, or One Direction’s Directioners, there were Deadheads, a group of fans so loyal and (it’s fair to say) obsessed with the Grateful Dead that they followed the psychedelic rock band across the country on tour ...
Alligator brings vintage Grateful Dead jams to Freefall at IX Art Park
  –  October 10, 2017
Alligator is an all-star Charlottesville band playing early vintage Grateful Dead. The group focuses on the energy, instrumental interplay and experimentation of the early days of one of the 20th century’s most unique bands. “Listening to the band ...
Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, and The Band epic tribute show at Sarasota Sky
  –  July 27, 2017
Kelly's Live at Sky Bar presents Summer Jam 2017: 7 p.m. Saturday; Sarasota Sky Bar & Club, 1927 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; $10 (advance), $15 (at the door); 941-210-3274; One of the most famous and highly attended rock festivals of ...


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