Archive for the 'Grateful Dead' Category

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 […]

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Back in the late sixties CBS used to broadcast Playboy After Dark, Hugh Hefner’s swinging variety show featuring artists, actors, beat poets, comics and, of particular interest, great musical guest performances from the likes James Brown, The Grateful Dead, Marvin Gaye, Harry Nilsson, The Byrds, and Ike & Tina Turner. Today we have The Girls […]