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 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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Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C Taylor on the Multitudes of Jerry Garcia
  –  March 30, 2018
I mean, their music contains multitudes ... And there’s nothing that sounds like Jerry Garcia’s guitar playing, it’s really unique in the wide spectrum of American guitar playing. You always knows know when it’s Jerry Garcia’s that’s playing.
‘Before the Dead’: New box set sheds light on Jerry Garcia’s roots in folk music
  –  March 19, 2018
There are many Grateful Dead fans—I among them—who believe that some of the most interesting music Jerry Garcia played from the late ’80s until his death in 1995 was with his acoustic side projects, first with the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and then ...
Krankz Studio Over-the-Ear Headphones Reviewed
  –  April 4, 2018
Krankz is a prime example. The name, obviously taken from the phrase "Crank it up!", implies that a device was created to play loudly--and, as Jerry Garcia once said, "Louder is always better, at least in this world." Whatever your reaction to the company ...
Cubensis set to bring sound of Grateful Dead back to Ventura
  –  April 3, 2018
Starting with that '82 show, the Dead played Ventura for six years — less 1986 when frontman Jerry Garcia slipped into a diabetic coma, not only canceling the Ventura shows' but almost canceling himself. The band returned for the ’87 shows but the ...
Round Records Shares 2 Jerry Garcia ‘Before The Dead’ Singles
  –  April 3, 2018
Apr 3, 2018 7:25 am PDT By Andy Kahn Documentarian Brian Miksis worked with Grateful Dead publicist and author Dennis McNally to produce and curate Before The Dead. The box set features Miksis’ extensive liner notes as part of a 32-page book included in ...
The Band
  –  April 3, 2018
Bob Dylan had the good sense to catch them as they flew and hired them to back him on tours of America and Europe in 1965 and 1966, an episode that altered musical history for the likes of George Harrison and Jerry Garcia. They made The Basement Tapes as a ...
Andy Coe Band
  –  April 2, 2018
Originally formed to pay tribute to guitar hero and folk legend Jerry Garcia, the Andy Coe Band has evolved into the liveliest psychedelic jam band to come out of the Pacific Northwest in years. Guitarist Andy Coe, with Gary Palmer on keys, Chris Jones on ...
Musical omnivore Peter Rowan to perform in Winters at The Palms
  –  April 1, 2018
From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and David Grisman, to his breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted international fan base ...
Jerry Garcia Feted by Heartbreakers, Indie Rockers and Bluegrass Greats in L.A.
  –  April 1, 2018
Maybe Hiss Golden Messenger said it best, in a tweet after Friday night’s tribute to Jerry Garcia at downtown Los Angeles’ Theatre at Ace Hotel (at which lead singer MC Taylor was one of the performers): “Seeing Stephen Malkmus, Benmont Tench and ...
Amos Lee, Sam Bush, Margo Price, Stephen Malkmus and More Celebrate Jerry Garcia in Los Angeles
  –  March 31, 2018
On Friday night, an all-star cast of musicians came together for a night of music celebrating the work of Grateful Dead legend Jerry Garcia. Throughout the night—which was presented by the Bluegrass Situation, the Jerry Garcia Family and Golden voice ...
All-Star Cast Of Musicians Presents ‘Jubilee – A Celebration Of Jerry Garcia’ In LA: Photos & Videos
  –  March 31, 2018
An impressive and diverse cast of musicians came together at The Theatre At Ace Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday night for Jubilee – A Celebration Of Jerry Garcia. The concert was presented by The Bluegrass Situation, Goldenvoice and the Jerry Garcia ...
Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C Taylor on the Multitudes of Jerry Garcia
  –  March 30, 2018
With ten years of ever-evolving studio work and touring under the moniker of Hiss Golden Messenger, it’s become clear that frontman M. C. Taylor is unafraid to venture into the strange and unexplored. The darkness, according to him, “is just a ...
Things to do this weekend in Los Angeles: Mar 30-Apr 1
  –  March 29, 2018
Listen to performances from Josh Ritter, Amos Lee, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Hiss Golden Messenger and others during Jubilee – A Celebration of Jerry Garcia, a benefit concert at the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Head to the Downey Theatre for Animaniacs Live!,
When It Comes To B2B Branding, Different Beats Better
  –  March 29, 2018
As the late Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead lead guitarist and de facto leader, stated, “It’s not enough to be the best at what you do. You must be perceived as the only one who does what you do.” By the way, the Grateful Dead differentiated themselves ...
'Roseanne' Reboot Explains Fourth Child's Absence in Premiere Episode
  –  March 28, 2018
Remember Jerry Garcia Conner? Well there's a reason you won't see him in the Roseanne reboot. During the family's first dinner back together, Roseanne (Barr) says grace and briefly mentions her now-22-year-old son. "Please watch over our son Jerry ...
Keller Williams Will Celebrate Jerry Garcia’s Birthday At The Venue That Bears His Name
  –  March 26, 2018
Tickets for Williams’ birthday party for Jerry Garcia will go on sale to the general public on Friday, March 30th. Pre-sale tickets will be available using code “HBDJERRY” starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28th.
Bunnies, Jerry Garcia and zombies fill the March 30-April 1 calendar
  –  March 25, 2018
It's bunnies, bunnies, bunnies for Easter weekend, with a sprinkling of dogs, Jerry Garcia and zombies. Join a scavenger hunt throughout the Living Desert to answer questions, collect stickers and win prizes at the Easter Eggstravaganza. Kids can also make ...
‘Before the Dead’: New box set sheds light on Jerry Garcia’s roots in folk music
  –  March 19, 2018
There are many Grateful Dead fans—I among them—who believe that some of the most interesting music Jerry Garcia played from the late ’80s until his death in 1995 was with his acoustic side projects, first with the Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and then ...
Jerry Garcia Celebration Giveaway
  –  March 19, 2018
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Two Methods of Entry. Only one method of entry per person/email address/household regardless of entry method will be allowed (for a maximum of one entry) during the Sweepstakes Period. Enter via text message: During the Sweepstakes ...

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