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.



The Best of the Grateful Dead Live
The Best of the Grateful Dead Live is a compilation album by the rock band the Grateful Dead.
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.

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Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow dies, aged 70
  –  February 8, 2018
Mr Barlow also spent years writing lyrics for the Grateful Dead rock group and also ran a cattle ranch. Bob Weir, one of the band's founding members, tweeted that Mr Barlow would "live on in the songs we wrote". Cindy Cohn, director of the EFF, announced ...
Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow dies, aged 70
  –  February 8, 2018
Mr Barlow also spent years writing lyrics for the Grateful Dead rock group and also ran a cattle ranch. Bob Weir, one of the band's founding members, tweeted that Mr Barlow would "live on in the songs we wrote". This life is fleeting, as we all know - the ...
Steve Parish, Longtime Grateful Dead Roadie, To Host Reddit “Ask Me Anything” Session
  –  April 11, 2018
Steve Parish was a primary member of the Grateful Dead family for over three decades, first joining the band as a roadie and friend in 1969, eventually taking on the role of Jerry Garcia’s trusted gear handler and the manager of the Jerry Garcia Band.
This Big Bang show definitely syncs up with the Grateful Dead
  –  April 11, 2018
But the newest planetarium show at the American Museum of Natural History is definitely intended to mesh with a new project by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart ... the definitive ‘60s psychedelic jam band. According to Hart in an interview with the ...
Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart to front jam session at Hayden Planetarium
  –  April 10, 2018
While Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart hasn’t built a rocket ... (He wore a metal EEG cap in concert, looking like Professor X had finally joined a jam band.) Last year’s “RAMU” introduced a new device — the Random Access Musical Universe ...
Grateful Dead exhibit includes rare Jerry Garcia artwork
  –  April 10, 2018
The Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia will be playing for 11 days this month at the C. Parker Gallery in Greenwich. Well, not the band itself, which remains known for its very long concerts and Deadhead followers. Rather, it will appear in the form of an ...
C. Parker Gallery hosts art from Grateful Dead chief Jerry Garcia
  –  April 9, 2018
The Art of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead,” Thursday, April 19, through Sunday, April 29. The 11-day show “is a specially curated, limited showing of some of the most compelling and rare artwork and photographs from the iconic band,” the gallery ...
Grateful Dead fans relive their glory days at Skull & Roses 2 Festival in Ventura
  –  April 8, 2018
Grateful Dead fans known as Deadheads are not fading away ... Many of them wore the same tie-dye shirts they wore to dead shows when they followed the band. A new generation of fans danced to the tribute bands, too. Some parents brought their kids to ...
Cardinals to Hold Grateful Dead Night on 4/20
  –  April 6, 2018
I am sure there will be a strong aroma circulating Busch Stadium that night. If you don't know the Grateful Dead, they are a 1960's band with hits such as "Sugar Magnolia, "Uncle John's Band", and "Row Jimmy". If you do know the Grateful Dead ...
Cubensis set to bring sound of Grateful Dead back to Ventura
  –  April 3, 2018
So Deadheads can expect the usual — the same old song, only different, which is the point. Grateful Dead tribute band Cubensis will perform April 6-8 at the Skull & Roses 2 Festival at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/RICH SAPUTO ...
Branford Marsalis talks jazz, classical and playing with Miles Davis, Grateful Dead, Public Enemy
  –  March 31, 2018
A long time ago, when I made it to the Louisiana all-state high school band — without playing very well — my ... We asked him to recount a few of his memorable collaborations, beginning with: Grateful Dead, “30 Trips Around the Sun” (concert ...


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