Grateful Dead

Jeremy Dalmas


I ask teacher Peter Richardson about a good introductory song to the Grateful Dead. He mulls the question over for a moment. 


Attending a Grateful Dead concert during the 1970s was a powerful and positive experience for many fans, but what was it like for those who worked with the band backstage? 

Blank on Blank: Jerry Garcia on the Acid Tests

Jul 2, 2015


It’s been 50 years since the original band members of The Grateful Dead began playing together in clubs around Palo Alto and San Francisco. In that time they’ve sold 35 million records. But more importantly, they inspired an unprecedented culture of fandom – 

Talking Drums with Mickey Hart

Jul 1, 2015

Join us this Saturday 3 pm on "Folk Music & Beyond" for an encore broadcast of our conversation with Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart.  This weekend marks the Dead's 50th anniversary and their final performances together as a band.  Hart talks about his other life outside of the Grateful Dead--the active role he's played in helping to preserve the endangered music of Bali, Africa, and other parts of the world.  He also talks about his collaborations with some of the greatest percussionists in the world--Zakir Hussein, Airto Moreira, Babatunde Olatunji, and Hamza el Din.

  

On the October 27th edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with Peter Richardson about his new book, “No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead.” For almost three decades, the Grateful Dead was America's most popular touring band. No Simple Highway asks the simple questions: Why? Richardson argues that the band tapped three utopian ideals: ecstasy, mobility, and community. What explains the Dead’s continued appeal today? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.

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This music is by Cryptical -- a Grateful Dead tribute band from San Francisco.

They'll play next at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on January 8th, starting at 8:00 p.m. 

Anna Lamassonne has attended many Grateful Dead shows, and this is the one song she's hoping to hear the most.

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The Bay Area is known for inspiring all kinds of great music, especially in the 60s and 70s when groups like Creedence Clearwater and the Grateful Dead called it home. In little Sausalito there was a destination that drew recording artists from all over the world.

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I’m sitting on a brown leather couch inside Studio A at Hyde Street Recording in the Upper Tenderloin. A white baby grand piano sits to my left and a faded blue rug with pink roses lies on the hardwood floor in front of me. If you close your eyes and listen hard enough, you may be able to hear the sounds of San Francisco in the 60s.

Fifty years ago, this building was called Wally Heider Recording. And this room was used by the likes of Crosby Stills Nash and Young, the Grateful Dead, and Jefferson Starship.