Archive for the 'Grateful Dead' Category

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Welcome to the third installment of Dead Notes, where we find ourselves deep in the heart of Oregon at the Old Renaissance Fairgrounds in Veneta, August 27, 1972. The Grateful Dead have now been home 3 months from a barn burner spring tour of Europe, where they famously divided themselves into two traveling camps — the […]

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Welcome to round two of Dead Notes. We kicked things off with a “Good Lovin”’ from 1971; today we touch down in February, 1968 where we find the Dead eleven months after the release of their self-titled debut, tackling the recording of their sophomore album, Anthem of the Sun. In the late months of 1967 […]

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Welcome to the first installment of Dead Notes. There is a raw stigma that runs parallel with the mention of the Grateful Dead. Far too often the circus surrounding the band trumps the actual music, instead placing more emphasis on skeletons, dancing bears, hacky sacks and other vestiges of the ‘parking lot’ scene. Not to […]

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Rhino Records (who I consult for) asked me to contribute to their upcoming series of posts/playlists centered around what would be Garcia’s 70th birthday, August, 1st. My piece goes live later this week and centers on what, if forced to choose, would be my favorite year in the band’s long trajectory — 1972. The year […]

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

It had been many years, but a couple of weeks back upon (re)hearing the ‘jam’ section, i.e. the latter 3/4, of the Dead’s 1971 live interpretation of Otis Redding’s infallible R&B staple “Hard To Handle“, my reaction was something akin to ‘fucckkkk‘ or ‘holy shit!‘ Eloquent? No, but emotion rarely is in my experience. And […]

Friday, March 18th, 2011

Sound architect and Lysergic Acid pioneer Augustus “Bear’” Owsley Stanley died this week in his adopted home of Australia. The sixties counterculture fixture (see: Ken Kesey, the Grateful Dead, the Acid Tests, Tom Wolfe, etc.) and fictional inspiration for Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne” reportedly produced upwards of 1.25 million doses of LSD between 1965 and […]

Monday, November 16th, 2009

(Diversions, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, catches up with our favorite artists as they wax on subjects other than recording and performing.) The Grateful Dead are misunderstood — I’ve said as much on here multiple times in the past. They also created some  of the finest American rock & roll of the twentieth century. […]

Monday, April 13th, 2009

Last week the New York Times ran a piece dissecting the appreciation/levels/fandom of the Grateful Dead.  Excerpt: …I asked when he thought the Dead reached its peak, game to try out a half-formed argument for 1975, or thereabouts.  “Well, I agree with the people who say it was May 8, 1977,” he said.  Jimmy was […]

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Last month, my inner deadhead reared its head when I read that an official compilation was being released featuring a smattering tracks from the Dead’s 1978 three-night run in Egypt. If you’re any kind of fan on the band’s late seventies work/theatrics you have more than likely read tomes dedicated to the group’s pilgrimage to […]