Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia



Jerome John Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work as the lead guitarist and as a vocalist with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s.[1][2] Although he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or "spokesman" of the group.[1][2][3][4]

One of its founders, Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire thirty-year career (1965–1995). Garcia also founded and participated in a variety of side projects, including the Saunders–Garcia Band (with longtime friend Merl Saunders), the Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, the Garcia/Grisman acoustic duo, Legion of Mary, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage (which Garcia co-founded with John Dawson and David Nelson).[1] He also released several solo albums, and contributed to a number of albums by other artists over the years as a session musician. He was well known for his distinctive guitar playing and was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" cover story.[5]

Later in life, Garcia was sometimes ill because of his diabetes, and in 1986, he went into a diabetic coma that nearly cost him his life. Although his overall health improved somewhat after that, he continued to struggle with obesity, smoking, and longstanding heroin and cocaine addictions,[3][4] and was staying in a California drug rehabilitation facility when he died of a heart attack in August 1995 at the age of 53.[2][4]



The Boarding House, April 16th 1973
The Boarding House, April 16th 1973 is an album by musical artist Jerry Garcia, released on May 5, 2017.
Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead Movie
The Grateful Dead Movie, released in 1977 and directed by Jerry Garcia, is a film that captures live performances from rock band the Grateful Dead during an October 1974 five-night run at Winterland in San Francisco.
Garcia Plays Dylan
Garcia Plays Dylan is an album composed of various live performances featuring Jerry Garcia playing covers of Bob Dylan songs.

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John Oliver explains Bitcoin with an overpriced Beanie Baby
  –  March 13, 2018
Watch this. One analogy Oliver uses for explaining the cryptocurrency rush is the Beanie Baby fad. Just because someone posts a tie-dye Jerry Garcia bear for $15,000 doesn’t mean that’s what it’s worth. But someone looking to get in on a buzzy ...
Where Can You Achieve the Highest Yields in the World?
  –  March 12, 2018
“Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.”—Jerry Garcia If you are a lender, where can you have your pick of multiple deals returning around 10 percent on a 50 percent loan-to-value? If you are an ...
Rob Eaton to Sit Out Upcoming Dark Star Orchestra Dates
  –  March 12, 2018
The guitarist’s first show back should be April 13 in Charleston, SC. DSO’s statement also notes that during Eaton’s absence, the band will be playing “the music of Jerry Garcia Band plus songs from the Grateful Dead repertoire.”
Getting Personal: Jack Wilkie
  –  March 11, 2018
Where did you get the name from? I will give our drummer, Mark Obuchowski, credit for coming up with the name (please tell the copyright lawyers it has nothing to do with that band in which Jerry Garcia played pedal steel). Originally, it was "New Riders
Inside the Gramercy: The Grit and Glamour of New York's Rock & Roll Hotel
  –  March 11, 2018
At the height of its popularity, through the birth of punk and New Wave, the hotel's guest list became a social register of rock history, including everyone from Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan to Aerosmith, U2, the Clash, Blondie and Madonna. Its history ...
Jerryfluence: Jerry Garcia Covers Spotify Playlist
  –  March 10, 2018
Throughout his illustrious career with the Grateful Dead and leading his solo projects, guitarist Jerry Garcia incorporated the work of others into his sonic output. Garcia was known to cover a wide survey of fellow musicians both live and in the studio ...
For his latest project jazz legend Billy Cobham turned to … Cirque du Soleil?
  –  March 10, 2018
After he settled in Mill Valley in 1974 he forged a deep musical connection with some neighbors, touring and recording with the Jerry Garcia Band and Bob Weir’s Bobby and the Midnights. Unnerved by an earthquake that damaged his house, he lit out for ...
Foolery’s Liquid Therapy serves up locally-sourced cuisine
  –  March 9, 2018
Photo courtesy of Bryant Johnson Chef Jerry Garcia makes over a dozen different specialty sauces, including some unusual ones such as white truffle peppercorn, and traditional favorites such as smoked barbecue. “He’s a very, very talented chef.
How Josh Clark works
  –  March 8, 2018
We have to take everyone’s word for it that, yes, there’s something special there.” Clark brings up an old quote from Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, who said he’s never seen a Grateful Dead show. “We’re aware that other people are hearing ...
'The Wolf of Wall Street' is still leading a money-hangry pack of cubs
  –  March 7, 2018
(You hear that, people of eBay? Buying my Jerry Garcia Beanie Baby is an anti-oppression act). "Don't be a scumbag," The Wolf cautions. And because he's The Wolf, the pack writes it down. The Wolf is trying to teaching his pack how to talk to the wilde ...
Consequence of Sound’s SXSW party to feature Dan the Automator, Hinds, Sunflower Bean, Kweku Collins
  –  March 7, 2018
Additionally, our friends at Relix will present a special celebration of Jerry Garcia featuring performances from Texas Gentlemen, Rayland Baxter, Christopher Porterfield (Field Report,) Erika Wennerstrom (Heartless Bastards,) Nicole Atkins, Billy Strings ...
CWs Legends of Tomorrow: Episode 13 – No Country For Old Dads recap and breakdown
  –  March 6, 2018
Nick welcomes Rip back and Wally gets a cold reception from Mick. Mick has swiped Jerry Garcia’s glasses, Wally takes them from him saying once a thief always a thief. Nick says that lite to moderate theft in the normal on the ship. Darhk’s Hideout ...
Roots Of Creation bringing ‘Grateful Dub Tour’ to Greasy Luck
  –  March 6, 2018
Music fans young and old have an appreciation for contagious songs penned by Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. One band decided to put their own spin on some of their songs and that’s New Hampshire reggae rock act Roots Of Creation. They have a new ...
Why isn't gold soaring?
  –  March 5, 2018
Adding a bit of gold — say 5% — to a portfolio and rebalancing regularly can help hedge against long-odds risks. Jerry Garcia, front man for the Grateful Dead, noted that the band's fans were like people who are fond of licorice. "Not everybody likes ...
20 Years of Phil & Friends: Revisiting Our 2002 Interview with Phil Lesh
  –  March 5, 2018
continuing to play Dead music after the death of Jerry Garcia and releasing his first solo album There and Back Again with his Quintet lineup of Warren Haynes, Jimmy Herring, Rob Barraco and John Molo—among other topics. When the Grateful Dead folded in ...
Track: Saturday’s high school results
  –  March 4, 2018
1,600: 1, Devin Robles, Pearsall 4:48.66 2, Jerry Garcia, Seguin 5:08.05 3, Martin Tijerina, Fox Tech 5:12.18 4, Josh DeLosSantos, Pearsall 5:14.48 6, Christian Martinez, Seguin 5:17.47. 3,200: 1, Devin Robles, Pearsall 10:08.10 2, Daniel Carbajal ...
Review: Santana’s guitar wails with love at Matthew Knight Arena
  –  March 3, 2018
Santana addressed the crowd on multiple occasions throughout the show. He name-dropped his influences: Jerry Garcia, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon and Sly and the Family Stone. He said that there was a growing fear being cultivated in ...
Bob Weir and Phil Lesh wow New York audience in stripped-down duo tour opener: EW review
  –  March 3, 2018
Rather than having a jam-band guitar dynamo such as Warren Haynes or Trey Anastasio handle the late Jerry Garcia’s parts, as they’ve previously done, Weir and Lesh reconfigured arrangements. With economical smatterings of acoustic chords, Weir infused ...
12 can’t-miss concerts in Boston this March
  –  March 3, 2018
All you have to do is decide just how much fun you want to have. The Grateful Dead has lived on in many forms since Jerry Garcia’s passing in 1995. For the first time ever, two the the Dead’s original surviving members, guitarist Bob Weir and bassist ...
Tokin' of Appreciation: Brewer & Shipley talk Kansas City memories ahead of their 50th anniversary show next weekend
  –  March 2, 2018
They hobnobbed with the likes of David Crosby, Jefferson Airplane, and Jerry Garcia (who played guitar on a song from their 1970 album, Tarkio) and threw some pretty big beatnik parties, including a famously massive one at Loose Park. In the late 70s ...
Kind Dubs From Kind Bud At Electric Haze: Featured Local Event
  –  March 2, 2018
Bud feeds off that rhythm, taking leads and layering sounds. A Kind Bud show has a mixture of original tunes, Jerry Garcia, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and other tunes in the funky vein. Kind Bud, a Rex Foundation artist, has been part of Grateful ...
8 More Dallas Bands Heading To SXSW
  –  March 2, 2018
They’ll follow up March 16 for the Brooklyn Bowl Family Reunion: Relix Celebrates Jerry Garcia With Rose Gold at Historic Scoot Inn. The half-band/half-musical force will conclude the shenanigans March 17 at with an official showcase for New West Records.
Crossover jam band Dyemusica returns to The Venue in Seaside.
  –  March 1, 2018
Everything got much easier when Kevin Dye and his band, Dyemusica, truly embraced the Grateful Dead’s core philosophy; a dynamic that fueled Jerry Garcia and the band since their earliest gigs as an unknown jugband playing small Palo Alto pizza joints in ...

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